Celebrate harvest the ‘good ol’ fashioned’ way in the Paso Robles Wine Country
Harvest Hoedown happening Sept. 29
–Nothing is better than experiencing harvest in wine country, and nothing is more fun than celebrating it the ol’ fashioned way in Paso Robles. Traditionally, farmers held harvest celebrations to help usher in a bountiful season. The Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) has brought this time-honored tradition back with its Harvest Hoedown. The 4th annual event will be held September 29, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at The Loading Chute in historic Creston, Calif.
At the Harvest Hoedown, many old customs have been brought back to life and some new ones created. It’s an opportunity for wine lovers from near and far to rub shoulders and toast harvest with local wine grape growers. IGGPRA – the organization that presents the event — supports local growers with education and resources and connects with locals and wine enthusiasts with the people who are the real roots of the wine industry.
“The Harvest Hoedown is an opportunity for guests to celebrate harvest right along with those of us who make it happen,” said IGGPRA president, Lowell Zelinski. “One of IGGPRA’s missions is to promote local wine grape production and help educate the wine loving community about what we do. Events like this are rare opportunities for consumers to meet growers and see another side of the industry.”
Hoedown-goers will also enjoy a wood-pit tri-tip and chicken barbecue with all the fixin’s, a real barn dance set in a turn-of-the-century barn, a baking contest, and a Wine Walk, which is an exclusive event offered by IGGPRA.
“The Wine Walk has become one of the most popular features of the Hoedown. It’s a spin-off of cake walks held at fairs and carnivals in yesteryears and was created by my wife, Becky Zelinski, who organizes our events,“ Zelinski said. “Think of it like musical chairs for adults where you get to stroll around the dance floor and have a chance to win wine or other prizes while you’re doing it.”
This year, guests are in for another treat. They’ll get to kick up their heels to authentic Blue Grass music from the award-winning, The Mother Corn Shuckers. This eight-piece Bluegrass/American band promises to surprise guests with good ol’ foot-stompin’ music they call “beer grass.”
To set the perfect scene, the event is held in the historic Loading Chute barn in Creston. The small country town with a population of 94 people is in the southeast corner of the Paso Robles wine region. It was founded in 1884 on the Rancho Huehuero Mexican land grant, and now has its own defined AVA (American Viticulture Area) called the Creston District AVA. It has been home to celebrities such as Alex Trebek, Carrie Fisher and L. Ron Hubbard. The Loading Chute restaurant, where the event is being held, is a local, iconic favorite.
After dinner, guests can sample and judge baked goods in the baking contest, which anyone can enter. There are three categories: pies, cakes and other. Winners are determined by popular vote and there are prizes for the winners of each category. Complete details about the contest and how to enter are on the website.
Seating is limited, and guests must be over the age of 21. Tickets are $35/pp for members and $45/pp for non-members. Everyone can save $10/per ticket by purchasing by September 15, 2018. For details and to purchase tickets, visit: www.IGGPRA.com.