Father’s Day Weekend Wine Country Fest & Car Show

Father’s Day Weekend Wine Country Fest & Car Show
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Wine Country Fest is Father’s Day Weekend Destination

Defiance, MO/June 16, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Summer weekends in Missouri are made for festivals, and Father’s Day Weekend is no exception. The second annual Wine Country Fest in Defiance is offering the best of Missouri’s historic wine country, plus music, food, car and truck shows, and other fun for dad and the whole family. Defiance is in the heart of St. Charles County’s wine country, at the head of the Augusta Wine Trail. The region was the first to be designated as an American Viticultural Area in the United States. The lush, rolling hills and scenic views of the Missouri River and its bluffs makes this a great “drive in the country” with dad.

This is the second year the Defiance Merchants Association has sponsored the annual Wine Country Fest. This year’s event is expected to be even bigger and better than last year’s. The three-day festival runs Friday – Sunday, June 16-18, 2017. There are activities planned for the whole weekend spread across three venues, with a free shuttle running between locations (and parking).

On Friday, June 16 the festival kicks off with Dancing in Defiance at Yellow Farmhouse Winery.

There will be great food and a great dance band, the Motown-inspired “HoneyVox.”  The dance is from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and reservations are required and can be made by calling 314-409-6139.

Saturday will open the Wine Country Market at Mason’s Park in downtown Defiance.  The market events will run through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   There will be a farmer’s market and a variety of artisans on hand, along with food trucks, beverage tent, activity area, and live music (noon – 3:00 p.m.) each day.

Also on Saturday, the public is invited to the King of the Trail BBQ Competition at the Trail Smokehouse, 2886 South Missouri Hwy 94 in Defiance.  This competition will pit some of the best amateur pit-masters in the region against each other.  There’s a $50 entry fee to compete for prizes in chicken, pork ribs, and wings.  The event is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (free admission for spectators).

Sunday will bring the Second Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show to Defiance from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The free (for spectators) event is spread across three venues. Catch the free shuttle from the parking lots at Wine Country Gardens for all the events.

The Truck Show at Trail Smokehouse will feature big 4-wheel drives to classic trucks.  Spectators can check out the trucks and enjoy smoked BBQ, bourbons, beers, a great new deck, and live music.

If motorcycles are more dad’s speed, then head over to the Motorcycle Show at Defiance Roadhouse, 2999 South Missouri Hwy 94.  This event is also free for spectators.  There will be live music from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Food and cold drinks will be available to purchase.

The Car Show at Wine Country Gardens, 2711 South Missouri Hwy 94, will offer beautiful views of rolling hills (42 acres) and the Missouri River Valley.  Sip wine, cocktails or craft beer on the patio and take in the lawn spread with more than 200 classic, antique, and luxury cars.  There will be music and dancing with the band Garden Party from 1-4 pm.  Proceeds will benefit Ride On St. Louis – Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

Father’s Day Weekend is a great time for a drive in the country with dad.  Whether it’s wine, craft beer, barbecue, farmer’s and artisan markets, beautiful Missouri River vistas, or classic motor transport your dad loves, there’s something for everyone at the Second Annual Wine Country Fest this weekend.  More information, including event times and a map of event venues can be found at www.winecountryfest.com/.


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Susan Smith-Harmon is an experienced writer, editor, and broadcast journalist with a strong news background. She’s worked in radio and television news, and for national and international newswire services.

She began her career in public radio while still a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (where she earned a B.A. in Communications). She soon made the jump to news/talk radio, handling assignments from field reporting, airborne traffic, and news anchor, to producing and hosting daily talk shows. She’s also worked in television, most recently as the inaugural producer for The Allman Report on KDNL-TV 30, and as a news writer and reporter for national and international newswire services.