Sonoma County Harvest Fair named one of the best harvest festivals in the United States.

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The Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that NBC News.com and Food and Wine.com name the Sonoma County Harvest Fair one of the best harvest festivals in the country.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair Grape Stomp

Sonoma County Harvest Fair Grape Stomp

The Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that The Sonoma County Harvest Fair was named one of the best harvest festivals in the country by NBCNews.com and FoodandWine.com. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is a celebration of the local harvest featuring three full days of wine tasting with 150+ wineries, wine sales, marketplace, chef demonstrations and workshops, farm and harvest agricultural activities for children and adults, the World Championship Grape Stomp, live music, an art show and sale, crafters pavilion, farm animals to meet, and much more.

The grape stomp has become one of the most popular and unique events at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Teams of two (one stomper & one swabby) compete in the hope of being named the world's greatest grape stomp team. The Stomper stands in a barrel full of grapes and squishes out the juice using their feet. The Swabby stands below the barrel and keeps the juice flowing into the jug, pulling grape skins away from the screen, and pushing juice toward the pipe. Team T-shirts and costumes are encouraged; a special award for creative costuming is given out for each stomp. Winners from stomps around the country (and the world) travel to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair to compete for the World Championship title.

Also popular is the Grand Tasting where guest experience an evening of Sonoma County's most inspired food and wine. Friday night attendees will be the first to partake in the medal-winning wines and cuisine. They'll also get to mingle with key winery and restaurant representatives (owners, winemakers, chefs, and other top positions), and hear insiders' stories about ingredients, philosophies and inspiration. In addition, on Saturday and Sunday visitors can taste wine from 150+ wineries from Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, Petaluma Winegap and many more – all without an appointment or driving all around the county.

Making the Sonoma County Harvest Fair’s one the best in the country are all the other fun activities available during the weekend. There are cow-milking lessons (on a fake cow), the traditional pumpkin carving, chocolate and port tastings, and a cheesy beer school with microbrew and cheese tastings. For the family, Kids and parents can experience life on the farm with some of this year's new additions. Sweet Lil's Farmery will be on hand with hatching chicks, barnyard animals, and perhaps best of all, a faux cow that the whole family can milk. There is also an agricultural education day for elementary school students and a Harvest Fair competitive exhibit program. Residents and visitors can put their hobby or skill to work and win a Blue Ribbon, or cash award. Some of the examples of the categories you can enter are an elegant table setting, woodcraft, dahlia, or your best zucchini.

About the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau provides assistance to visitors and groups seeking information about lodging, wineries, dining and entertainment opportunities in Santa Rosa and Sonoma Wine Country. The bureau also operates an Official State of California Welcome Center, and helps to bring major events to Santa Rosa, such as the Amgen Tour of California. For more information, please call (707) 577-8674 or visit http://www.visitsantarosa.com.

About the Sonoma County Harvest Fair
The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is a celebration of the local harvest featuring three full days of wine tasting with 150+ wineries, wine sales, marketplace, chef demonstrations and workshops, farm and harvest agricultural activities for children and adults, the World Championship Grape Stomp, live music, an art show and sale, crafters pavilion, farm animals to meet, and much more. For more information and admission and event cost visit http://www.harvestfair.org.

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