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Hollis Grape Festival

When: Sunday, Sept. 10, 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Hollis Town Common, Monument Square
Cost: Free
Visit: fulchinovineyard.com




Grapes galore
Vineyard celebrates 10th anniversary with Hollis Grape Festival

09/07/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Early to mid-September is peak grape-harvesting season, and Fulchino Vineyard will celebrate the fruit with wines, gelato, Italian ice, a traditional grape-stomping barrel and more at the inaugural Hollis Grape Festival.

The free event will be held on the Hollis Town Common on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. “The theme of the event itself is similar to the feeling and tradition of a strawberry or an apple-picking festival,” said Al Fulchino of Fulchino Vineyard. “This is a great time of year for grapes, and it’s also our 10th anniversary [at Fulchino Vineyard], so since we grow grapes to make some of our wines, we thought it’d also be a great way to showcase what we do … and to give back.”
All profits from donations and products sold will benefit the Hollis Police Benevolent Association.
Fulchino said the family-friendly event welcomes people of all ages to get their pictures taken inside a Fulchino Vineyard-brand grape stomping barrel for a small donation. The photos will then be available to take from the Vineyard’s Facebook page.
“People can either squash grapes with their feet for a small fee or just simply stand and pose in the barrel for a photo,” he said.
A variety of farm-to-table treats will be for sale, like fresh table grapes, grape-flavored gelato and grape-flavored Italian ice, as well as official event T-shirts in both adult and children’s sizes. Members of the Hollis Police Benevolent Association will also be there to help out at some of the booths and for meet-and-greets, according to Fulchino. Live Italian music performed by Rick Ruggiero will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
“There will of course be grape slush, water and other beverages as well,” Fulchino said.
The new festival is a precursor to a few other events happening later this fall that will also commemorate the Vineyard’s 10th anniversary, including a similar grape and wine festival on site during a later weekend in September to benefit Symphony New Hampshire, and an anniversary-themed farm-to-table harvest dinner tentatively set for Oct. 15.
“[Late August] is the time of year when I will take sugar readings from grapes. … I’m estimating we’re only about two or three weeks away from the start of their harvest,” Fulchino said. “So I thought it would be a nice kind of agricultural event and a nice chance for different local communities to get together at the same time.” 





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