Italian Fest annual grape stomP
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:30am, following Opening Ceremonies.
Stomp the Stomp
It is believed that grape stomping goes back as far as Rome in 200 BC. For centuries grapes were picked by hand and grape stomping was the method used to extract juice from the grapes which was then used to make wine. This was done in every country that made wine.
Eventually, concern for public health outweighed the grape stomping tradition. In most countries, grape stomping has been replaced with mechanical processing. Italy is one of the few countries where grape stomping still takes place.