It has become a familiar mid-September tradition in the city of Algoma, this Wet Whistle Wine Fest, where people gather, some in costume, to enjoy music, stomp grapes and, of course, drink wine.
Hosted by von Stiehl Winery, the festival is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in around the winery, 115 Navarino St., Algoma, and Veterans Park down the street. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Community Improvement of Algoma organization and the Algoma Fire and Rescue Department.
The Friday evening festivities are free and feature music by Cat Five.
A $10 admission fee to the grounds Saturday (children under 12 free) includes the grape stomp and live music. The fire department will be selling food all day.
A celebrity stomp-off is scheduled at 11 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Grape Stomp heats are planned at 12:20 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the Grand Grape Stomp Off at 4:30.
Music will be provided by Beaker Street from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Groove Hogs (Reunion Band) from 2 to 6 p.m.
Outside of the admission gates, tours of the winery will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with complimentary wine, cider and beer tasting outside in the tent until 5 p.m. Select tasting inside the winery is $5 and vintage tasting in the von Stiehl production building is $10.