St. Matthias Kicks Off Grape Stomp; Wine Fest On Sunday

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mrs. Illinois Christine Garcia and Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) helped judge St. Mattias Catholic Church's 4th Annual Grape Stomp yesterday. Photo from St. Mattias.

St. Matthias Catholic Church and School, 4910 N. Claremont Ave., held their Fourth Annual Wine Stomp yesterday, a judged event where school students are judged 80% on amount of juice and 20% on stomping style. This year’s event was judged by Mrs. Illinois Christine Garcia and Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th). Stompers will receive 55 pounds of grapes and will a minute to stomp per contestant. The Stomp-off winner will get a week’s supply of grape juice, and the title of “Juice King or Queen.”

Yesterday’s Wine Stomp was a prelude to the church’s 12th Annual “Friends of the Grape” Wine Festival and Auction on Sunday from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. The festival includes 20 local restaurants, tastings of more than 40 different “lots” of wines, a beer garden and live music. All proceeds benefit the St. Matthias School and Parish.

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