For over 80 years the people in San Joaquin County have been gathering to celebrate the grape harvest at the annual Lodi Grape Festival. What started out as a small food festival in downtown Lodi has now evolved into a four day event filled with great entertainment, food, vendors, grape and commodity murals, competitive exhibits, carnival, wine tasting, and so much more.
Thursday is Family Value Day – everyone 16 and under get in free all day long
Friday is Free til’ 5 Day – everyone gets in free from noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday are Two for $2 til’ 2 p.m. – bring two cans of food and get admission for only $2 from noon until 2 p.m.
The Wine Cellar: A Wine Tasting Experience
Taste your way through the Lodi Wine Country at the Lodi Grape Festival! Located inside the Ole Mettler Grape Pavilion, nine local wineries will be pouring some of their fine wine for you to sample. From peppery Zinfandels, which the Lodi area is known for, to floral Pinot Grigios, there will be a great variety and you may find a wine you haven’t tasted before.
There are four sessions for tasting: Friday, September 15 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 16 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. and 6:00-8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, September 17 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday there will be commercial wineries pouring; on Sunday you can taste the talent that some of our local winemakers have.
The cost for 10 tastes is only $20 on Friday and Saturday and $15 on Sunday, and includes a commemorative wine glass. And if you would like a full glass of wine after the tasting has ended please visit the Van Ruiten Family Winery wine booth located in the middle of the Pavilion.
Fill out the form below to enter to win a Wine Package that includes two admission tickets, two wine tasting session tickets, and $50 in food vouchers.