Jill M. Rohrbach
The much-anticipated annual Wiederkehr Village Weinfest takes place this Saturday, Oct. 8. This is the 48th year for this annual festival held on the grounds of the historic Wiederkehr Wine Cellars. It consists of truly Tyrolean festivities celebrating the Swiss heritage of the wine makers.
Festival entertainment begins at 11 a.m. Activities include the championship Grape Stomp; conga line dancing through the wine cellars; sing-along in German and English; polka dancing, games for kids, Bacchus (the Roman god of wine) to enchant and entertain you; contests and door prizes; and live music. Tours of the historic wine cellars are every 30 minutes starting at 8:30 a.m. with the last tour at 4:30 p.m. Arts and crafts exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wine-related fun consists of free wine tasting tours, and carriage rides and tram rides through the vineyards to an observation tower with a panoramic view of the Arkansas River Valley. You can purchase award-winning Wiederkehr wines and gourmet items in the 1880 Wine and Gift Shoppe.
When it comes to food, you can always grab something to eat from the food concessions, which are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’ll serve a variety of international foods, such as Quiche Lorraine, Old World Potato Soup, Smoked Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, and more. I also highly recommended the winery’s Weinkeller restaurant. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Of course, during the festival there is also a Weinfest banquet service from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll enjoy their famous spaghetti and my absolute favorite, Back Hendel Vienna (a chicken specialty) with salad and bread.
Admission is free and the event is held rain or shine. Call 800-622-9463 or visit www.wiederkehrwines.com for details.