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Rush: Festival of Vine holds ‘tasteful’ event

Plenty of food, fine wine and fun will be available at the Festival of the Vine in Geneva from Sept. 5 to 7.
Plenty of food, fine wine and fun will be available at the Festival of the Vine in Geneva from Sept. 5 to 7.

In one week and one day, the lazy days of summer will be a memory.

I know the autumnal solstice is officially Sept. 22, so technically summer lasts a bit longer.

But, when school begins again and the alarm comes out of hibernation and schedules are again resurrected, summer simply seems to fade away.

The hustle and bustle of being here or there may even conflict with the luxury you had over the past months of making a family dinner and having an actual family at that dinner.  

Unfortunately, for my family, one of my better qualities is not cooking. Sure, I can make the basics – but anybody that knows me would certainly not consider me a gourmet chef. I subscribe to the philosophy that those who can, cook; and those who can’t, go out to eat.

When school starts, we tend to eat outside of the home a lot. Sometimes it is just easier to grab something on the run, as we are running from one commitment to another.   

However, when Sept. 5 arrives, what better way to “eat out” than being able to sample 23 Geneva restaurants in one location.

That place is Festival of the Vine.

For 33 years, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce has been inviting all who enjoy fantastic food, exquisite wines, energizing entertainment and a great time to this “tasteful” event, held this year from Sept. 5 to 7.

Feed yourself, make it a date night or bring the whole family to this festival. The Flavor Fare offers something for every taste and craving. Each sampling is better than the last, and you will be convinced that just one more tiny bite – from each booth – is necessary before leaving. 

Since Festival of the Vine stemmed (pun intended) from anything grown on a vine, wine is a fruitful part of the festival – 18 wines are being offered at the wine tent for purchase by the glass. 

There is also free live entertainment each evening, conveniently located steps away from the Flavor Fare.  

Add a fall twist on your decorating or spice up an autumn dish with tips and tricks gathered at the daily demonstrations, located on the Harvest Stage on James Street.

After collecting ideas, take a walk to the fall fresh flower market provided by Geneva Ace, or indulge in one of the special events offered by downtown shops and restaurants.

The Arts and Craft Show will feature the works of talented local and out-of-state artisans. The show, located on the courthouse lawn and Campbell Street, takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

Enhancing the atmosphere of the festival will be complimentary horse-drawn, antique carriage rides and trolley rides. Carriage rides will be offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a tour of the historic district of Geneva. And the trolley will be available Saturday and Sunday to take you between festival events. Hop on board and discover what makes Geneva special.

Festival of the Vine is a time to take a breath, spend some time with family and – most importantly – “eat out” fresh cuisine prepared by award-winning restaurants.

For information about this festival, including activity times, and other chamber events, please visit or call 630-232-6060.

• Laura Rush is communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at

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