Geneva's Festival of the Vine, which began as a celebration of all things grown on a vine, has evolved into a destination for foodies. But music lovers will find plenty to enjoy as well.
This weekend marks the festival's 33rd year. As is tradition, the Flavor Fare and Wine Tent -- headquarters for snacking and sipping -- are on the corner of Fourth and State streets in downtown Geneva.
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If you goWhat: 33rd annual Festival of the Vine
When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Food and wine purchase times may vary.
Where: Downtown Geneva, centered around State and Fourth streets
Admission: free, but there is a charge for food and wines sampling
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Food and wine purchase times may vary.
All around the old Courthouse, on Third, Campbell and James streets, will be the site for a flower market, arts and craft show, demonstration stage, weekend kids' face painting and balloon making, complimentary carriage and trolley ride stops.
Special Festival of the Vine events will take place in the downtown area with All Chocolate Kitchen, Fiora's, Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery, Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room, Graham's Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream, Oscar Swan Country Inn, Preservation Bread and Wine, SavWay Fine Wines and Spirits, The Little Traveler and Wildwood.
Business booths will be set up on James Street and are ready to share information about their products.
Free entertainment is offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Favorites return and new acts are debuting at Festival of the Vine.
For complete details on everything festival-related, visit genevachamber.com or call (630) 232-6060.
Demonstrations add to Festival of the Vine fun.
It will be a Food Frenzy on the Harvest stage. Informative food demonstrations and samplings will be highlighted Saturday and Sunday on James Street, between Third and Fourth, just north of the old courthouse.
Saturday: At 11 a.m., "Smokin' Hot" secrets for the grill will be revealed at Geneva Ace Hardware.
At 1 p.m., The Strawflower Shop's award-wining floral designers will demonstrate how to design a filigree wire basket decorated in a harvest theme.
At 3 p.m., The Sugar Path will bring fall to your dessert table.
Sunday: At 1 p.m., The Olive Mill will demonstrate how fall produce flavors are heightened in a spinach and apple salad using a red apple balsamic and walnut oil.
At 3 p.m., Evolutionary Home Builders/The Evolutionary Home will explore the designing and building of healthier, more efficient spaces utilizing building science and sustainable products and furnishings.
The festival will feature an array of talent that offers something for every type of music fan. All entertainment is on the Entertainment Stage at North Fourth and State streets.
Friday, Sept. 5
• 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Snake Oil Barons. The Snake Oil Barons are known for soulful vocals, tight harmonies, and explosive instrumental passages. From deep blues to funky jams to melodic toe-tappers, they cover a wide range of material.
• 8 to 9:30 p.m.: The Moods. The Moods are a singing group consisting of four guys dedicated to the fine art of harmony and choreography. Performing Motown, blues, pop, jazz, doo-wop and rock n' roll.
Saturday, Sept. 6
•Noon to 1 p.m.: State Street Dance Studio. State Street Dance performs excerpts from its two full-length productions of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Sleeping Beauty."
• 4 to 5 p.m.: Ask Your Folks. Ask Your Folks is a Chicago-based trio comprising guitar, fiddle, and string bass. Each member has brought aspects of their favorite genres to the group, resulting in a cohesive blend of bluegrass, jazz, Appalachian folk, and funk.
• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Majors Junction. Majors Junction produces a diverse meld of country honky-tonk blues with folk undertones and hints of bluegrass and rock.
8 to 10 p.m.: Hiline Band. Hiline delivers entertainment with a combination of Motown, 70s and 80s dance hits.
Sunday, Sept. 7
• Noon to 4 p.m.: The Blind Roosevelts. Move to a mix of acoustic/electric rock laced with strong harmony vocals.
For a full schedule, visit http://genevachamber.com/festival_of_vine.php.