I hadn’t been to this festival since I was in a stroller.
I changed that the weekend before last.
The Naples Grape Festival in Naples, New York is one of the most beloved festivals in the Finger Lakes. We take autumn seriously up here, and that includes wonderful harvests of concord grapes.
The festival takes place all through the main street in Naples, and into people’s front yards and parking lots and areas behind public buildings such as the high school. It’s very spread out while also being very busy at the same time. It’s kind of neat; people will rent out their front yards to artisans and people with something to sell, and thus the festival spreads and spreads.
The Grape Festival features the usual festival-type activities and booths, like people selling clothes, jewelry, pottery, desserts, and more. There are also lots of food trucks and tents, as well as some live music that was fun to listen to. There was even a paleo food truck, and my mom was ecstatic about that! The featured food here is grape pie. It’s to die for. There are so many different people selling them, it comes down to what you’ve heard people recommend and which you think looks the best. Hazlitt Vineyards also has a production facility in Naples, and they lend out some of their land to become festival grounds for the weekend, too. They had a giant blow-up Red Cat bottle, and of course I had to get a picture with my favorite wine!
There is a small patch of grapevines where you can pick some yourself. I wandered through it and got a few pictures. It smells heavenly – one thing I love about grapes is how pungent they infiltrate the air; even driving by you can smell the delicious fruit!
Naples is a tiny, tiny town. Usually people don’t end up there unless they live there or have a specific reason to go there. But it’s very quaint and cute, and a good place for a festival like this. It’s probably their biggest crowd they ever have in the town all year long! Parking is spread out and limited, so be aware that you will have to walk a distance if you want to see all/most of the festival. All in all, the Naples Grape Festival is a fun fall event, and if you love grapes, chances are you’ll love the festival too.