Grape stomp! Pot-luck BBQ! Live music! Kid-friendly!

  • September 22, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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Hi all!

Time for a fall kick-off event---BYOB BBQ, live music and grape stomp! I'm being a cheap bastard and asking for help putting this on!

If you have kids--bring them.  They'll love picking and squishing grapes!

I'm planning the BBQ for this weekend because I have Concord Grapes and they will be ready to pick this weekend. They're super sweet this year due to the drought! If you've never had fresh Concord Grape juice, you've missed out!

So, this will be a combination BRING YOUR OWN BBQ and grape picking/juicing. For the BBQ, PLEASE make something yourself. It's really disheartening to get to a picnic and see table after table of potato chips, King Soopers potato salad, cookies/cakes/vege tray/cheese trays, etc. It's not hard to cook people! Make something tasty and show how great a cook you are! You can do it! I believe in you! One for the Gipper!

The process is as follows: first, pick the grapes and dump them from your bowl (which you should bring—I only have so many) into a cooler. Then, a team de-stems the grapes. Others then dump them through a juice-making machine. I have two juiceman machines. The juice is then poured into a large bowl or cooler to allow the pulp to float to the top. After that, the pulp is skimmed off and the juice poured into a container—one of the food-grade containers we'll have on-hand. The other pulp is dumped into a press and squeezed. I have a small press, and if anyone has a larger one and is willing to bring it, it'd really be appreciated.

At that point, it's time to make drinks!

Let's find some Concord Grape juice drink recipes. Are there any good recipes out here? Post them below in the comments! Do we have any bartenders out there who'd like the challenge of creating a fresh Concord Grape cocktails?

If you want drinks, please bring a small bottle of brandy (really fantastic with fresh grape juice!), vodka, triple sec, amaretto, bourbon, schnapps, and any other mixer that you find a recipe that goes with Concord grape juice!

Please post any recipes to the discussion below so people can see what drinks we'll be trying out. Please use that forum to indicate what kind of mixer you'll be bringing.

Of course.....drink safely and stay here until you're sober. I have sleeping bags.....and my pupster, Daisy, offered one of her beds (she has three).

Bring something for the grille, and bring a lawn chair. We'll be picking grapes starting at 1pm and the drinks start flowing then! We'll pick grapes and juice them. This is a fairly labor-intensive activity, so that's why we're hoping for lots of people to join in.

Gear most everyone will need to bring:

  • Old clothes.

  • Wash cloths, working with the grapes will be sticky and very purple.

  • A bowl to drop the grapes into as you pick them. I think that if 1/3 of the people bring a bowl, that'll be good.

  • A lawn chair to sit in

  • Your food contribution

I have enough gear for production generated by 4 pickers, but with this many pickers, we'll need some extra gear. If anyone has these, please note it and bring it!

  • Juice storage: I have one 5 gallon carboy (the blue water bottle container), and three 3-gallon buckets. I expect we'll get about 15-20 gallons of juice at the least. So could someone loan some food grade buckets—or pick some up at King Soopers? I got mine from the bakery for free, they are the tubs that the frosting for cakes come in. Please note if you're willing to pick some up. FYI, these tubs will be used to make wine in, and can be used for beer if you're inclined. I think we will need 4-5 more of these just to be safe. Please do wash it thoroughly with soap and water. We'll boil water here and sanitize them before trying to make wine (which will be another day).

  • Ladders/Stepstools: We'll need some more ladders or stepstools. The grapes are in a 9 foot high canopy, which is approximately 30' long by 25 wide. If you have a 6 foot ladder, please bring it. I only have two ladders.

  • Coolers: A couple big coolers would be great to dump all the picked grapes into.

  • Ice: You will want to cut the super-sweetness of the grape juice with ice. Your pancreas will be screaming at you with the amount of sugar these grapes have in them. I think that 6-8 bags would be needed, depending on how many people come.

  • Charcoal One big bag would really be nice.

  • A couple tables

  • Canopy tents

  • Another two juiceman machines

  • Another grape/apple press machine

  • A few blenders to crush up ice and make mixed drinks. Mine died.

For entertainment, my friend Lana and her friend are going to play some folk tunes. Lana plays violin and he plays guitar.

For the potluck, if your last name starts with:

  • A-H, please bring a main dish;

  • I-P, please bring a side dish;

  • Q-Z please bring dessert or drink mixer!

Also, this is a donation event. If you have any old weight-lifting equipment, one of our members is coaching a local charter high school basketball team and their weight room is horrible. If you have any old weights, any kind---bring them and donate them to this great cause. Olympic weights and benches especially welcome. This is for a public charter high school in a low-income neighborhood in Denver. I am not coordinating this effort, one of our other members is. I'm just offering a chance for you to get rid of stuff in your house. Note what you'll donate in your rsvp so we can determine how big of a trailer is needed to haul it away! If you can't haul it, note it and I'll make sure the person coordinating this effort contacts you.

No parking on the west side of Holly Street!

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