June 25th, 2008
Chaumette Winery announces its 3rd Annual Fête de Chaumette: a Market & Festival of Regional Wines, Foods & Goods July 12th, 2008
June 17, 2008 - Chaumette Vineyards & Winery announces its third annual Fête de Chaumette, held on the winery grounds Saturday, July 12th from 11am to 8pm. Chaumette’s Fête de Chaumette is a market and festival of regional wine, foods, arts, goods and entertainment, promoting Missouri’s local producers and products. Sixteen wineries, twelve food producers and fourteen local craftspeople and retailers will participate from the Ste. Genevieve region and beyond. Owner Hank Johnson states, “We are thrilled to host our third annual Fête, as producers and consumers alike really appreciate our efforts to create an annual marketplace and festival for them to meet, discover and enjoy a multitude of local products all at one place.”
Each participating vendor will sell and sample their products. Chaumette’s Grapevine Grill will serve BBQ all day, featuring a menu that includes ingredients that food producers will sell at the event. This indoor/outdoor event is family friendly and kids’ activities include turtle racing, kite flying, bobbing for apples and boulés. Live entertainment will perform all day, including Elsie Parker, who plays French classics and originals, and Ambiance, who plays contemporary jazz, Motown and light R&B. Event is free of charge, and a $20 parking fee per car will be collected, encouraging carpooling. Plenty of covered & uncovered outdoor seating for guests will be available.
Wineries participating include Chaumette Winery, Charleville Vineyard & Winery, Hemman Winery, Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Meramec Vineyards, Peaceful Bend Vineyard, River Ridge Winery, Sainte Genevieve Winery, Shady Grove Vineyards, St. Francois Vineyards, St. James Winery, Thousand Oaks Winery, Tower Rock Winery, Twin Oaks Vineyard, Vance Vineyard & Winery and Villa Antonio Winery.
Food producers include Baetje Goat Cheese from Bloomsdale, County Line Farms from St. Mary, Fruitland American Meats from Jackson, Hale Farms from Farmington, Ladd Family Farm from Farmington, Monroe Farm from Berryman, Pioneer Apple Orchards & Market from Jackson, Sayersbrook Bison from Potosi, Show Me Fresh Farms from Cape Girardeau, Stonie's Sausage Shop from Perryville, Windrush Farm from Farmington, and Herbs en' Route from Farmington. The Mississippi River Hills Association, a non-profit comprised of local producers promoting local products, will participate and support Chaumette’s promotional efforts. Additionally, information about how to find local foods in the St. Louis and regional areas will be made available for guests at this event, including a list of local food products available at Whole Foods, information about St. Louis and regional farmer’s markets, and info about other upcoming events focused on showcasing local products.
Retailers and other local craftspeople include Art by Iris, Ivy & Twigs, J. Brick Pottery, Joyce & Choyce’s Antiques, Lulu's Antiques, Nancy Dee's Antiques, Only Child Originals, Patchwork Acres Goat’s Milk Soaps, Stained Glass Mosaics, Stone House Willow, The Stained Glass Shop, Vines in Bloom/Klossner Studios and Zielinski’s.
Chaumette’s Fête de Chaumette originated five years ago as a celebration of the French holiday Bastille Day to commemorate the rich French heritage of Ste. Genevieve. Over the years, the festival has grown to something even more prominent and encompassing – a market and festival for regional cuisine, arts, and entertainment.
Established in 1990 by Hank and Jackie Johnson, Chaumette Vineyards & Winery is located in Ste. Genevieve County 20 miles southwest of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Chaumette is an award-winning winery destination with a tasting room and gift shop, a full service restaurant - the Grapevine Grill, Belle Haven Spa, wedding & corporate events facilities, an all-faiths chapel, and The Villages at Chaumette: twenty six villas for sale and rent with amenities including pool, poolside dining, fitness center, wi-fi and fiber-optic technology. For more information, call 573.747.1000 or visit www.chaumette.com.
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For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Johnson, C.S.W.
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
Certified Specialist of Wine, Society of Wine Educators
Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers