The Competitions Heat Up At Sun WineFest 2012 With Grape Stomp And Oyster Shucking Contests

2011-10-05

3rd Annual Mohegan Sun WineFest Grape Stomp and the 8th Annual Mohegan Sun Oyster Open will highlight Sun WineFest weekend
UNCASVILLE, CT (October 5, 2011) – Grape stompers and oyster shuckers show off their skills during the Grand Tasting at Sun WineFest 2012. Guests can watch the competitions play out as part of their Grand Tasting admission on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th.
Mohegan Sun WineFest Grape Stomp Presented by Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka 
Things will get a little messy as teams try to out-run, jump and stomp the competition during the 3rd Annual Mohegan Sun WineFest Grape Stomp. The event will begin on January 28th at 4:15pm on the main stage in the Uncas Ballroom during the Grand Tasting. Sixteen teams will bare their feet and have three minutes to stomp as much grape juice as they can out of a vat of grapes. The team application for entry can be found at mohegansun.com/grape-stomp.
First place will win $1,500, an overnight stay at Mohegan Sun and a complimentary dinner for two at Todd English’s Tuscany.  Second place will take home $1,000 and third will receive $500.00. The top three teams will also win well-deserved pedicures from Elemis Spa. The deadline to enter the competition is January 5, 2012.
The 3rd Annual Mohegan Sun WineFest Grape Stomp will benefit the American Diabetes Association.   
Mohegan Sun Oyster Open presented by Bud Light Lime
Sun WineFest brings back the fan-favorite 8th Annual Mohegan Sun Oyster Open presented by Bud Light Lime on January 29th at 4:15pm.
Professional shuckers from the best restaurants, raw bars and shellfish and seafood companies on the Eastern Seaboard will compete for a first place prize of $3,500 cash and the championship belt. Second and third place winners will receive trophy plaques and will take home $1,000 and $500.00, respectively.  
To enter, potential participants can download the application at mohegansun.com/oyster-open.  The deadline for Oyster Open registration is January 4, 2012.
Both competitions can be viewed during the Grand Tasting. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $70.00 for a one-day pass and $120.00 for a weekend pass and may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, sunwinefest.com, over the phone at 1.800.745.3000 or in-person at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.  The Grand Tasting runs from 12:00pm – 5:00pm on January 28th and 29th.
For more information on Sun WineFest 2012 events, featured personalities, hours and area hotel information, visit sunwinefest.com or Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/sunwinefest and twitter.com/sunwinefest.
Sun WineFest 2012 is presented by Lexus and is a production of Cirilli Associates LLC, a Connecticut-based marketing firm that specializes in event concepts, event production, and customized marketing and sponsorship programs.
ABOUT CIROC ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA
 Cîroc Vodka is an ultra-premium vodka that celebrates the uncommon on every level: from the distilled Mauzac Blanc and Ugni Blanc grapes, grown in the historic Gaillac and Cognac regions of France, to the innovative cold fermentation and maceration techniques usually found in winemaking, to its subtle aromatics and smooth, naturally refined taste.  Ciroc Vodka releases the true flavors in every cocktail.   The sweet complexity of the distilled grapes draw out and complement the flavors of whatever is mixed with Cîroc Vodka.  Add to that Cîroc Vodka’s distinctly clean finish and absence of alcohol burn and you have a most uncommon vodka cocktail experience.
ABOUT  MOHEGAN SUN
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.