Lynfred Oktoberfest: A Fall Celebration
Lynfred Winery’s annual German Oktoberfest occurred on October 2, 2016 in Roselle, IL. This family event, which has been held for over two decades, attracted over 3,000 people.
Activities included: traditional German events like grape stomping, grape spitting, and German dancers.
During the grape stomping, the crowd slushed grapes in large barrels, and who
ever crushed the most grapes won ribbons.
Stomping grapes represents the Winery’s motto on their website, “When the grapes begin to arrive at Lynfred and the crush begins we all know what’s right around the corner…Lynfred’s annual Oktoberfest.”
Organizer and director of media, Christina Anderson-Heller said, “Every year in the fall we get all of our grapes in, and where a lot of wineries actually grow their own grapes, we have to buy our grapes, which costs thousands of dollars so we throw a party to help cover the costs.”
HOTT Productions Dance Company performed German dances for the crowd while wearing customary German costumes and accessories. The crowd clapped along as the children danced.
Food and drinks at the festival included: sandwiches, cheese with grapes, taffy apples, and Lynfred’s famous wine.
For instance, one couple traveled all the way from Australia to celebrate the harvest.
The elderly couple said, “This is our first year at this event, and we came because of the unique combination of wine and pig roast.”
To prepare for this festival, Anderson-Heller said that it took almost an entire year to plan with about 55 more employees working compared to a typical day.
Lynfred started advertising on local news stations and social media around January.
Next October, families should attend Lynfred Winery’s Oktoberfest to celebrate the beginning of fall.
- written by Kelsey Andeway on October 25th, 2016
- posted in Reporting and Writing