What better way to celebrate National Watermelon Day than with watermelon martinis? LaBelle Winery hosts its Summer Fest event this weekend, and watermelon will take center stage.
“We did it last year, and the watermelon was a huge hit,” LaBelle Winery Marketing Manager Tara Quigley said. “We’re really trying to have just a wonderful outdoor day.”
Like its Winter Fest, LaBelle Winery’s Summer Fest features family-friendly games, music and seasonal food specials. Quigley said that it’s just a great way to enjoy the season on the vineyard.
The Bistro will feature all things watermelon, with watermelon martinis, watermelon gazpacho, and a watermelon, basil, feta, jicama and arugula salad.
There’s also the option to order a picnic. When guests register online, Quigley said, they can select a lunch and wine option (includes choice of Dry Pear, Seyval Blanc, Riesling, Granite State Red, Red Alchemy or Corazon LaBelle Winery wines).
The picnic menu options include a barbecue chicken wrap, caprese tartine and smoked ham tartine, and there’s also PB&J and grilled cheese for the kids. Each sandwich comes with a fruit salad, chips and cookies.
“The whole idea about LaBelle Winery is we really truly want to be a community place; we want to be a family place,” Quigley said. “We just want folks to come and enjoy and experience everything we have to offer, and we have a great time doing it too.”
Quigley said that community and family events like Summer Fest are just the type of programming that wineries in Napa Valley offer.
“This is kind of what wineries do. We’re trying to bring that type of winery essence to New England,” she said.
As seen in the July 31, 2014 issue of the Hippo.