Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Summerfest Grape Stomp
“Bring the family and do the purple foot dance”
Summer weather in Florida lends well to all sorts of outdoor activities. Beaches and theme parks usually top most to-do lists for visitors, but there are plenty of other activities that should be on the radar — like the locally famous Summer Grape Stomp.
Every year, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards puts their unique spin on summer in Central Florida, inviting thousands of people to their 127-acre estate for a weekend of purple-footed fun at the Summer Grape Stomp. The festival features live music, food courts, wine and beer bars, and of course, grape stomping. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Summer Grape Stomp.
Grape Stomping Competitions
Grape stomping, if you are unfamiliar, is exactly what it sounds like yet so much more fun than you imagine it to be. The satisfying squish beneath your feet has plenty of names, from “the crush” and “punch-down” to my personal favorite, the “purple foot two step.” No matter what you call it, you can’t beat that feeling between your toes. If you are particularly good at it, you can even compete against others at Summerfest for a shot at winning some prizes.
If stomping on some grapes isn’t your cup of tea, you can still have a great time enjoying the delicious food and drink and play some outdoor games while you soak up the summer sun. Lakeridge Winery offers plenty of drink options—primarily wine, but also beer and soft drinks, as well as all kinds of food, from American and Mexican staples to seafood and even some Greek dishes.
While plenty of attendees come to Lakeridge Winery throughout the year, a lot of visitors flock to the vineyards specifically for this grape stomping event. Also known as “the crush,” “punch-down,” and “purple footed two-step,” grape stomping is simply the act of stomping grapes with your feet. If you are particularly good at it, you can compete against others at the festival for a shot at winning some exclusive event prizes.
Fine Wine and Food Varieties
Fortunately, you don’t have to get involved in grape stomping to get the full Lakeridge experience. You can still have a great time enjoying the delicious, full-service spread or playing some outdoor games while you soak up the summer sun. Lakeridge Winery offers plenty of drink options — primarily wine — including beer and soft drinks. The winery is also serving up all kinds of food for the festival, from American and Mexican staples to exotic seafood and Greek dishes.
Full Winery Walkthroughs
There are also three to four winery tours each hour during the festival for curious guests wanting a behind-the-scenes look at the wine-making process. The tour covers the entire process including growing the grapes to bottling and labeling the final product. The tours also include a sampling of a handful of wines, providing the perfect opportunity to taste a range of fantastic Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards offerings.
If you’re curious as to what exactly goes on behind the scenes at Lakeridge Winery, take a tour directed right on site. During the festival, you can tag along for any of the three to four winery tours held each hour. These tours cover the entire winemaking process, including grape growing, wine bottling, and labeling the final product. The winery walkthroughs also include a sampling of Lakeridge’s original wines, providing the perfect opportunity to taste a range of local offerings.
Stay Close to the Stomping Grounds
This year’s Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Summer Grape Stomp runs June 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. If you’re planning an Orlando trip to the 2020 Summer Grape Stomp, spend your weekend at Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. Our convenient location provides easy access to the roads leading out to Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards as well as other Orlando hotspots. Click the “Check Room Availability” button in the upper-right corner to book now, or give us a call at (407) 996-7236 to make your reservation.