After filming the sunrise we left Fireside Winery’s Brickyard Hill Vineyard just before 9am and headed toward Des Moines and the Iowa State Fair Wine Experience. Of course, by now we’d been up for about six and a half hours (with only about 4 hours of sleep the night before) so we were dragging and hungry and on the recommendation of Zach Bott (Fireside Winemaker) decided to stop for breakfast at the Pine Cone Restaurant near Brooklyn, IA. Seeking and finding a hearty breakfast that included three of the largest pancakes I’d ever seen, or attempted to eat, we had a filling and delicious breakfast before heading back to the freeway (I-80) with it’s heavy traffic.
We’d coordinated with Emily Saveraid, Marketing Coordinator for the Iowa Wine Growers Association the night before and she arranged to have press passes for us at the volunteer center of the State Fair for us when we arrived. Pulling into the parking space just outside of Grandfathers Barn (the exhibit building for the Iowa wine industry) we prepared our gear, and began exploring the area. The Grandfathers Barn was filled with interested wine fans, a wine tasting bar (complete with the gold medal winning wines being served), information, wine competition winners, and lots of positive mojo.
Outside was a platform where presenters talk about wine and where the wine stomp competition takes place, a seating area for the audience, and several tables and chairs for wine lovers to relax, enjoy some wine and chat.
We met and interviewed several Iowa State Fair visitors and representatives from industry. Below are a few photographs from our time at the Iowa State Fair and you can see the entire album on the Iowa Wine Film Facebook page.