Lovers of art and wine will delight in the Harvest Festival, held in Augusta, Missouri, September 20- 21, 2013. This 10th annual event will celebrate local artists and artisans, giving attendees a rare glimpse into some of the area’s finest artists, vineyards and businesses. Sponsored by the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the 2013 Augusta Harvest Festival features many family-friendly daytime activities as well as two premier evening events.
“Augusta is a one-of-a-kind community, filled with remarkable businesses and acclaimed artists and artisans,” said event chairman, Randal Oaks. “The Harvest Festival provides an opportunity for attendees to experience the Augusta community from a completely different viewpoint. We couldn’t be more excited to share our love of Augusta with the greater community.”
The Harvest Festival kicks-off on Friday evening with the ever-popular “Swingin’ in the Vines Concert and Picnic in the Vineyard.” Participants will travel to one of Augusta’s original vaulted wine cellars and enjoy a gourmet picnic basket dinner in the vineyards with music by Michael Lacey and his New Orleans Swing Band. Reservations are required - $95.00 per couple.
The fun continues on Saturday, September 21 with a full schedule of family-friendly events. Grab the kids and join the fun during the Kids Harvest Parade at 10 a.m., followed by pony rides and child art activities.
In addition, the ever-popular Pie Baking contest will also take place on Saturday. Winners of the pie baking will be announced at noon in the Town Square, followed by pie walks.Saturday afternoon the streets of Augusta will be filled with recognized artists, artisans and fun-filled activities such as: yoga demonstrations, food tastings, and antique cars as a background for an art competition on Walnut Street. A detailed schedule and venue information, please visit www.Augusta-Chamber.org.
Also on Saturday afternoon, the “Art of Music in Augusta” will come alive with the Augusta Bottoms Consort performing under the arbor at Oaks Crossing from 2- 4:30 p.m. Artisans will be working and Plein Air Artists painting around town. Feel free to stop and visit with them as they work.
The Wine Maker’s Social on Saturday evening marks the finale of the Harvest Festival. This is an exclusive dining experience where wine makers from the Augusta area each select a wine to be paired with an hors d’oeuvre or dinner menu item. The event rotates from one venue to another each year. This year’s event will be hosted by Montelle Winery. Guest speakers will be Danene Beedle, marketing director for the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, and United States Congressman, Blaine Luetkemeyer. Gregory Spillman, with Jefferson City Symphony, will provide classical and classic rock music. Seating is limited to 100 guests. Reservations are required - $75.00 per person.
For a detailed schedule of Augusta’s Harvest Festival events, please visit www.augusta-chamber.org. To make reservations for Friday and Saturday evening special events, please contact The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce at 636-228-4005 or email email@example.com.