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Vevay, Indiana Swiss Wine Festival: Good to The Last Drop

Vevay, Indiana: Swiss Wine Festival

Vevay, Indiana: Swiss Wine Festival

Vevay, Indiana has an unusual heritage–they were the first commercial wine producers in the country.

How does this Switzerland County town pay homage to their beginnings? With the grand and well-planned Swiss Wine Festival that’s fun for the whole family!

Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay, Indiana

You wouldn’t think that wine and family would go hand in hand (or maybe you would) but in Vevay, Indiana this small Indiana town has managed to build a festival that doesn’t neglect any age group–or interest!

Fair food? Got it. Wine tasting pavilion? It’s there. Beer garden? That too! Kiddie Carnival rides? Absolutely! River boat cruises? Yup. Fireworks? Amazing! That is only the beginning!

In case you hadn’t noticed, Indiana wine is really gaining a foothold in the wine industry. Indiana wine keeps winning awards! I think there’s a good reason for that–before the winery became synonymous with California, well, us Hoosiers were the ones stomping the grapes.

As the first commercial wine producer in the country, the population of little Vevay, Indiana temporarily explodes as folks roll in from across the state to enjoy this huge Southern Indiana festival.

Vevay, Indiana Festival

Vevay, Indiana: Swiss Wine Festival Media Celebrity Grape Stomp

Vevay, Indiana: Swiss Wine Festival Media Celebrity Grape Stomp

This festival was so organized! I mean, everything flowed together so well. Right down the middle of the food area was the line of picnic tables with matching green umbrellas. It provided a nice shady spot to enjoy all that fair food.

When not eating or shopping (there were even Indiana Amish goods up for grabs), you could check out one of the three stages. Vevay had rotating acts and activities all listed in a nice, full-color brochure. Fancy!

There were a couple of competitions we thought were fun: The rock-throwing competition with three weights to choose from, the Swiss costume contest, and the grape stomp for kids and adults.

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Vevay, Indiana: Swiss Wine Festival Food

Vevay, Indiana: Swiss Wine Festival Food

little Indiana was invited to be a part of the 3rd Annual Media Celebrity Grape Stomp. I am happy to say that I placed third! You’ll have to keep watch for the dirt on that one. It’s definitely something I never in a million years thought I would do.

If you aren’t there specifically to drink wine, make sure to check out the festival at the fairgrounds in the morning–just be aware that the parade may block your path. You can beat the heat and have the booths mostly to yourself!

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Vevay, Indiana in Switzerland County

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Thanks to the Switzerland County Recreation, Tourism, and Convention Commission for hosting our stay. Opinions are mine and mine alone (as always).

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner and Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 9 and 5) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

2 comments

  1. Thanks Regina! :) I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel good to beat some of those tall, large-footed people! I’m hoping to fit in the boat ride next year. That looked fun!

  2. Jessica,
    I enjoyed the Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay last weekend. It was great to see a Rensselaerien place third in the grape stomp. Many people underestimated you because of your size and you were a girl. You put several of those big burly guys to shame. You definitely had the technique. Glad Martha mentioned going to watch you at the stomp. We enjoyed the boat ride while we were there.
    Regina

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