Fairport, NY - Casa Larga's annual harvest celebration will be held Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., rain or shine at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport, NY.
It began as, and continues to be, a way to celebrate and kick off harvest time at the winery and highlight the Colaruotolo family's Italian heritage. The Festival is best known for the authentic old-world grape stomping that earned it the name of "Purple Foot."
"My Uncle Frank used to tell me that in Italy they really did step on the grapes, but only the women. Their feet were gentler and made a better wine. They would clean their feet before they got into the stomping barrel, of course," explains Andrea Colaruotolo-O'Neill, director of marketing. "People used to jokingly ask us if we stomped the grapes ourselves during winery tours, so we decided to give them a chance to try it out - and that's how the Purple Foot Festival started."
The Purple Foot Festival offers more than old-world grape stomping. Guests can take their purple feet (and the rest of themselves) around the vineyard on hayrides, vineyard tours and to activities suited for all ages.
Fun for those under 21 includes a dedicated children's area, crafts and karaoke plus a wide array of vendors with family-friendly wares. For adults, there will be live music performed by Timeline from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Blue Skies from 2:30 - 6:00 p.m., a Sangria Tasting Bar, a Harvest Tasting Bar, spirits, beer, hard cider tastings, and tours of the winery. Festival goers can also attend seminars throughout the day featuring Grapes and Wines of NY, and the fan favorite, Two Crazy Chicks Junk Food and Wine Pairings.
Some of the family-friendly booths at the festival will include: Preserve Photo Photography (professional photo organization), K&K Craftique (wreaths & jams), KP's Kettle Corn, Lula Roe (women's clothing), New York Life Insurance, Pampered Chef (kitchen tools), Shawn O Photo (photo booth), Sugary Delights (gourmet cotton candy), Finger Lakes Cookies, Usbore Books and more.
Casa Larga welcomes food vendors Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza, Midnight Smokin' BBQ, KP's Kettle Corn and The Ice Cream Machine.
Also available for purchase at the festival are bottles of Casa Larga Vineyards wine, Cindy's Grape Pies from Naples, and other New York State products.
The 2017 festival is sponsored by Renewal by Andersen, Eastview Mall, Gro-Moore Farms and the Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour.
Tickets are available at the Casa Larga Vineyards Wine Shop, Wegmans and online at https://www.casalarga.com/. Advanced Tickets: $17 At the Door: $20 Wine Lover Club Members: $14 Under 21: Free For groups of 10 or more, contact Cathy Fabretti at 585-223-4210x 121.
Photos of past festivals are available for media use at: https://www.adrive.com/public/YrTcew/Purple Foot Festival