2016 Naples Grape Festival
September 24 – 25, 2016
Proudly presented by the Naples Rotary Club
Naples, NY is delightful little town located in Naples Valley at the south end of Canandaigua Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State, right in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. Every September, this purple town attracts thousands of visitors from all over to celebrate everything grape, especially the homemade grape pies. There is even the World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest at the Naples Grape Fest.
The Naples Grape Festival, a Finger Lakes autumn tradition celebrating the grape harvest, has been celebrated since 1961. Visitors to Naples Valley in Naples NY come in the crisp cool air to sample all that this beautiful area has to offer, including delicious homemade grape pies and jams, as well as talented artists and craftsmen, wineries and breweries, local musicians and cuisine. The two-day Naples GrapeFest attracts between 30,000 and 40,000 people.
The Naples Grape Festival will be held at the Naples High School Grounds and across the street at Memorial Town Hall from 10am til 5pm, rain or shine.
Enjoy wine, food, arts, crafts and local/regional music. Bake a pie for the World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest and sample every thing “grape” that Naples Valley has to offer.
There will be a wide variety of great food to choose from like crepes, artichoke french, italian sausage, BBQ, roasted corn, fudge, dips, homemade sauces, steak on a stick, bombers, pizza, grilled pizza, ice cream, homemade mustard varieties, grapes for your table, grape pies, and other grape delicacies, maple syrup goodies, fresh squeezed lemonade, old fashioned soda, smoothies and portobello mushroom sandwiches.
Live music at the 2016 Naples Grape Festival
- Susanna Rose – 11 a.m.
- Ronnie Lickers – 12:15 p.m.
- Woody Dodge – 2 p.m.
- Funky Blu Roots – 3:45 p.m.
- Emili Ann Capicchioni – 11 a.m.
- Jim Drew – 12:15 p.m.
- Ruddy Well Band – 2 p.m.
- Funknut – 3:45 p.m.
World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest
For all those aspiring and accomplished pie bakers out there, you are welcome to enter your pie into the World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest. Unique to our area of the Finger Lakes, Grape Pies were created in the 1950’s and credited to longtime Naples resident Irene Bouchard. Joseph’s Wayside Market sponsors the World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest at the Naples Grape Festival where contestants enter a freshly baked pie anonymously to be judged on Saturday afternoon by a panel to determine the winner based on taste, texture, appearance and flavor.
Prizes of $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third-place will be awarded to the winners, and the first-place winner gets their name added to a plaque. The rules say that the pie must contain 100 percent grapes and no other type of fruit or any additives other than thickeners, sugar and spices. All of the pies will be displayed in a tent early Saturday afternoon and slices of the delicious pies will sell for $1 each.
Wine Tasting Tent at the Naples Grape Festival
The Naples Grape Fest proudly features the wines of the Finger Lakes Region.
While you are in Naples, don’t forget to check out the Naples Hotel (featured in SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters”) and see for yourself whether it is haunted or not. (See Ghost Hunting in the Finger Lakes for more haunted places to check out in the Finger Lakes)
Check out our Fall Festival Guide for more Fall Festivals and fun things to do in Autumn in the Finger Lakes.
Directions to Naples, NY
Directions: Naples Village is located on State Route 21 which doubles as Main Street in the Village. Naples is approximately 16 miles South of Canandaigua and 9 miles South of Bristol Mountain. Memorial Town Hall is just north of the central business district and Naples High School is directly across the street. Nearest cross streets are Monier St. and Academy Lane.
Traffic into Naple Village gets a little hectic at festival time with so many visitors and only one thoroughfare in and out of the primary area. If you plan on coming to the festival it is wise to get into the village before 11 AM to avoid Grape Fest traffic jams. Then you can park at Widmers walk or take the shuttle to the grounds and enjoy your day.