The Great Grape Festival

Hi lovelies! Hope you all are having a good week so far and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am! But before we reach another weekend, I wanted to tell you about the event I went to with my Grandma last week

On Saturday, I drove to Lodi, a small town in Northern California, where my Grandma lives. Every year, they host the Lodi Grape Festival, an event to promote Lodi’s wine and agriculture and have been doing so since 1907! Apparently, I attended when I was little but since I’d never been as an adult, I decided to take my Grandma for a day out on the town. The Grape Festival is kind of what I imagine a county fair to be like (growing up in Sacramento, I’ve only ever been to the state fair) with the rides, food and exhibit halls. But the Grape festival is also known for the murals made out of food and grapes.

Though you can't tell in this iphone pic, my dress is actually coral-- not orange!

To be honest, I’m not sure what the rules are for creating these murals, but different organizations do the large ones. The smaller ones, pictured below, are actually created by different classes at local elementary, middle and high schools! Some of them are pretty amazing and it’s great to see what they were able to create out of food! Being that I have no artistic ability myself, I’m always amazed to see what some people are able to make!

But the Grape Festival was about more than grapes… it was also about the food! My Grandma got her favorite fair food (a corndog) and I got mine (frozen lemonade!) We then walked around and stopped to watch the kids from a local dance academy perform.  They were so cute and it reminded me of my best friend and I in our first dance performance when we were 3. We then watched the local community band perform and they were really good! My favorite part was when they played showtunes and my Grandma and I sang all the words together!

After a full day at the festival, we took a funnel cake to go (yes I had some and yes it was amazing) and headed home. But before long, we were off to dinner where we sat for over 3 and 1/2 hours. I’ve told you before how amazing my Grandma is, but she truly is one of the most incredible women I know. We had so much fun talking and laughing that people were coming up to us at the restaurant to see what was going on! Around 10:30, we finally decided it was time to go home, where we went and ate the funnel cake and proceeded to talk until about 12:45 am! Um, can I be this awesome when I’m 86? Or, you know, 26? I’m so glad that we had this time together as it was a great weekend with memories and stories I’ll never forget!

Questions:

-Have you ever been to a fair or festival?

-What’s your favorite fair/theme park/festival food?

 

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5 thoughts on “The Great Grape Festival

  1. Mmm you have good taste! Frozen lemonades have always been my favorite fair food, but it’s tied with a big bloomin onion. Those things are to die for!

    I love how close you & your grandma are and the fact that you’ve mentioned her several times on this blog :). It’s so awesome to have a close relationship with your family, and you seem to have just that.
    Oh, and I LOVE your dress! 😀

  2. Being from New Orleans, we have festivals all the time. I think my favorite is po-boy festival … fried green tomato and shrimp remalade po-boy or french fry po-boy. But then there is jazz fest where you have awesome music. I’d say it’s a tie for my favorite?

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