If you just judge by the size of the crowds, alone, the 9th Grape Capital of Texas Vineyard Festival was a great success. But, if you also judge by the smiles on the faces of those who participated and the number of empty wine bottles, you can also call it a great success! It was definitely fun.
The event was held at the Reddy Vineyards Event Center with Megan Coleman as the hostess. There were plenty of out of towners in Brownfield just for this event.
The Festival began on Friday, July 30 with a large crowd attending a meal, wine tasting and music filled evening. Friday’s meal was provided by Tencha’s, Back 40 Grill, Marley Meats, and The Cakery. Wineries serving were The Triple D Winery, Farmhouse Vineyards, Bingham Family Vineyards, and Reddy Vineyards, as well as Llano Estacado Winery of Lubbock, and Landon Winery from McKinney and Adelphos Cellars.
Music was provided by The Sharp Dressed Men. This group is a cover band and played all varieties of music. In fact, the band was so good and the evening was so fun that one of our local businessmen paid for the band to play another hour! Clearly, a good time was had by all.
The Silent Auction was also great with all the items going for well over their value.
On Saturday, at 6 p.m. the bus tours of the local vineyards began. There were so many interested in taking the tours that a third bus had to be added to the fleet at the last minute. The narrators on the buses were Nick Seaton and Anthony Furgeson, with Gina Kelly being added on the third bus at the last minute.
The tours went to new wine tasting room Antima Cellars, Whitehouse/Parker and Texas Custom Wineworks. The weather was great. The tours were fun and educational, and all arrived back at Reddy Vineyards in time for a fabulous Shrimp Boil cooked by Layne Marlow, Jimmy Shaver, Ronny Askew, and Chris Bayless.
The music was provided by Casey Maines and his band. The music was fabulous, and there was plenty of dancing going on. The dessert for Saturday was provided by Irene DeBord of Brownfield.
It just absolutely could not have gone better. Everyone is looking forward to the 10th Annual Vineyard Festival next year, and we know it will only get better!
Sponsors for the event were Stanley Ford, Diversity D Irrigation, The Triple D Winery, Ag Texas Credit Services, Texas Ag Plus, City of Brownfield, BIDCorp, and Terry County Tractor.