Food | Wine
New this year to the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival is a “Blessing of the Wines and Batalla de Vinos.” The batalla is a tradition of Spain — a wine fight, intended as a playful celebration of the time, talent and energy that goes into making Spanish wine. In thanksgiving for a plentiful wine grape harvest, villagers (and tourists) gather for a celebration at the village church. Wine is blessed by the parish priest (in our case Fr. Tom at the Cathedral Basilica)…citizens dressed in white process up the mountain to a nearby open space where they use everything from bota bags to squirt guns to “decorate” one another with red Spanish wine. On Tuesday, October 22nd, after our ceremonial “blessing” of the Wine Festival, we’ll process…let by St. Augustine Mayor Joe Boles (all dressed in white)…to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina Green (we couldn’t find an appropriate mountain) and commence with the fun. For those who wish to participate and don’t have a white outfit, a $20 donation will secure a logoed white T-shirt perfectly suited for the occasion. For those dressed in white, a $10 donation will allow entry into the “batalla” and a squirt gun filled with red wine. If you just want to watch, we’ll have a viewing area (hopefully out of range of the revelers). The first ever Batalla de St. Augustine. It’s traditional, unconventional, and a lot safer than “Running with the Bulls.” Be among the first Americans to experience the fun of a Batalla….and help the Second Annual St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival support our three outstanding local charities!
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