After 30 years, Grapefest builds reputation as great place for business

Grapefest expected to draw 263,000 people

GRAPEVINE -- Main Street is alive in Historic Downtown Grapevine with the 30th edition of Grapefest in full swing.

"When the festival started 30 years ago, it started and had about 900 people that attended and it was a one-day event," says Leigh Lyons of the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Fast forward three decades and the City is now expecting around 263,000 people to attend the four-day festival -- not to mention the 40 different vendors who are ready to greet them, like Dennis Vance.

Along with his wife, Vance runs the "Delectable Delights" cake balls booth. This is their fifth year at the festival. He says they keep coming back because they do so well here.

"My wife made 4,500 cake balls this year," Vance says, adding he hopes they'll sell them all.

Garrett Black, on the other hand, is a Grapefest rookie.

"This is my first year coming out here," he says.

The wine expert is here from the central coast of California, near Santa Barbara, and said Grapevine's growing reputation brought him to the festival.

"Being that it’s the wine capital of Texas, as I’m understanding," he says. "So it’s wonderful to come out here and showcase some of our stuff."

Lyons, with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, didn't have economic impact numbers available for the yearly festival, but points out the money made here goes back into the historic community.

"By having a festival and a wonderful event such as this, we focus attention on Grapevine and how many fun things there are to do here year-round," she says.

And what better time than this weekend to see that -- and taste that -- for yourself.

For ticket and scheduled information, visit Grapefest's website.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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