September 13th & 14th, 2014

Time Shepherd's Green Pavilion
10:00   Merely Players
11:30 Wine Demo  
12:00 Grape Stomp Free Sutter Home Wine Tasting
12:30   Best Bloomers Competition
1:00 Chocolate Pie Eating Contest  
1:30   Free Sutter Home Wine Tasting
2:00 Grape Stomp  
2:15   Charity Auction Registration & Viewing
2:30 Wine Demo Live Charity Auction
4:30   Free Sutter Home Wine Tasting
5:00 Top 10 Cupcake Judging  
5:30 Cupcake Battle Awards Ceremony  
6:00   Merely Players


Indulge your sweet tooth this weekend at our Chocolate and Wine festival featuring local chocolatiers and wineries! Participate in one of our many ‘sweet’ events held all weekend including a chocolate pie eating contest and FREE wine tastings.

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Chocolate Festival

Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Located in the Special Events Field
Would you like to be avendor?

Weekend Vendors:

Angelic Imports Chez Arnaud
Coffe Queen Coffee Dove Chocolate Discoveries
Groveland Confections Kelly's Confectionary Creations
Sweeden Sweets  



2nd Annual Cupcake Battle

All bakers are invited to compete in the new Cupcake Battle! Grab your apron and mixing bowl to whip up your best cupcake recipe for a chance to win great prizes and bragging rights of the best cupcake in the Realm.

Click here for results of the 2014 Cupcake Battle!

Sponsored by:

1st Annual Kid's Cupcake Decorating Competition

All kids under the age of 12 are welcome to participate in the 1st Annual Kid's Cupcake Decorating Competition! Decorate two matching cupcakes at home to use for display. The cupcakes will be judged by Festival patrons and the winners will receive great prizes!

25th Annual Charity Auction

Come help support those with disabilities by donating items for our auction or by bidding on fun prizes! 100% of the proceeds will benefit Can-Do Canines, a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities free of charge.

Would you like to make a donation?

Charity Auction Donations

Participating Auction Item Donors
Abdallah Minnesota Lynx
ACME Comedy Club Minnesota Timberwolves
AirMaxx Minnesota Twins
Al Vento Minnesota Vikings
Barbette Minnesota Wild
Cannon River Winery My 29
Canterbury Park Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Cave of the Mounds Padelford Riverboats
Chanhassan Dinner Theatre Plymouth Playhouse
Como Friends Punch Pizza
Flirt Boutique Science Museum & Omnitheatre
George & The Dragon Sea Glass Fine Art
Gerrings Car Wash Sea Life Aquarium
Grand Casino Hinkley Star Tribune
Hand Crafted Portraits The Cowles Center
Holiday Inn Express & Suites The Lowry
House of Comedy The Melting Pot
Ike's Food & Cocktails The Park Tavern
Landmark Theatres Trollhaugen
Maynard's Tucci Benucch
Meritage Valley Fair
Mickey's Diner Wheel Fun Rentals
  Wild Mountain

Free Wine Tasting

Join us at the Pavilion Stage. Must be 21 years of age or older
and have valid driver's license to taste wine. Times TBA.

Free Vow Renewals

Looking for a little romance? Renew your vows free!
11:00 am & 4:00 pm
No pre-registration required. Meet at Banner Oak Event Center 15 minutes prior to the vow renewals.

Wine Tasting Demo

11:30am & 2:30pm
Ever wonder how professional wine tasters can identify wines just by smelling and tasting? In this fun, audience-participation session, wine educator and Certified Sommelier, Kent Benson will reveal wine tastings secrets and show you how to taste like a pro. Along the way, you'll learn what characteristics to expect from certain grape varieties and how to more successfully choose wines you will like. And, as always, Kent will field any and all of your wine questions.

Chocolate Pie Eating Contest

Put your sweet tooth to the test in the Chocolate Pie Eating Contest held in
the Special Events Field.

Grape Stomp

12:00 & 2:30pm
Put your legs to work and get your feet dirty in true wine making fashion at the Grape Stomp on Shepherd's Green!

Weekend Promotions

Sign Language Saturday

Saturday September 13th ONLY!
Patrons will able to enjoy a variety of comedic acts, performances and improvisation in
American Sign Language by interpreters.

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Looking for something specific?

Important Forms:

Chocolate Vendor Registration Form
Cupcake Battle Registration Form
Kid's Cupcake Decorating Registration Form
Cupcake Battle Flyer
Cupcake Battle FAQ
Charity Auction Donation Form
Charity Auction Letter


Questions or comments:

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