Escondido has raisin to celebrate

August 22, 2012 by  

The city of Escondido will celebrate its annual Grape Day event on September 8 this year at Grape Day Park.

This celebration of Escondido’s grape harvest and the city was begun in 1908 and continued through 1950. After a lapse of 46 years, it was revived and continues to this day. The city of Escondido, in partnership with the California Center for the Arts, the Escondido Sunrise Rotary and the Escondido History Center – which revived the celebration – has opened a new pavilion this year for wine and beer tasting. The history center will also receive a portion of the proceeds from the event.

Festival events begin at 7:30 am with the Sunrise Rotary’s 5K run. The official Grape Day parade begins at 9:30 am and will travel from Escondido Boulevard and Grand Avenue East to Juniper. The deadline for parade entries is August 31.

For adults aged 21 and older, included with the price of admission are 12 tickets that can be used for the beer and wine tasting, as well as a wine glass, but should note that children and pets are not allowed in the wine-tasting pavilion. The festival will feature many local wineries, including the Belle Marie Winery, Coyote Oaks Vineyards, and Deer Park.

The festival will be held from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm with wine and beer tasting from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Tickets are $20 online in advance or $25 at the gate. A variety of printing companies are often utilized by local businesses to promote festivals of this sort.