Italian Fest Collinsville IL

Stomp the Stomp at the 2022 Italian Fest Grape Stomping Contest

Grape Stomp Contest Collinsville IL

Friday, September 16, 2022 at 11:30 am, following Opening Ceremonies.

For centuries grapes were picked by hand and grape stomping was the method used to extract juice from the grapes which were then used to make wine.

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 were 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.

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Italian Fest Event Guidelines

Here is a list of guidelines that will help make Italian Fest enjoyable and safe for everyone!

  • In the event of an emergency, please listen to and follow the directions of Event Staff and Rescue/Emergency professionals.
  •  Italian Fest attendees are expected to avoid unnecessary risks and exercise common sense.
  • Fireworks, firearms, knives, swords, weapons, and explosive materials are strictly prohibited.
  • Pets are not permitted. However, registered service animals are welcome, but you will be asked to show your papers for your service animal as well as clean-up bags.
  • No Bikes, Skateboards, or Scooters allowed.
  • Trash goes into the trash receptacles. Help us make sure the city of Collinsville can stay clean.
  • As a guest of Italian Fest please treat the Main Street buildings and grounds with respect. These historic buildings cannot stand up to abuse, ill-use, or being climbed on. Please conduct yourself and your children in such a way that we can continue to host Italian Fest here for years to come.