If you've ever wanted to stomp grapes a la Lucy and Ethel, now's your chance. The 11th Annual Malibu Family Wines Grape Crush & Harvest Festival is being held this Sunday, September 25 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. And, because this is Malibu, after your feet are nice and pulpy purple, Fred Segal Salon Foot & Nail Spa will be on hand to give you a foot scrub, “nail art” and goodie bag.
The event (“eco-friendly,” of course), a fundraiser for City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, will feature a gourmet restaurant row, silent auction and beauty treatments. Participating restaurants include the Four Seasons Westlake Village, Longshot Coffee, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Padri Restaurant, Rosa Mexicano, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Sam's by the Beach, Smoke City Market, Sweet Butter Kitchen, Topanga Catering Company, Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company and Beanfields Snacks. Malibu Family Wines will be serving their Semler and Saddlerock wines. With glassware and bamboo utensils and dinnerware, the event will be nearly zero-waste and powered by a solar trailer.
There will also be a Green Art show and kids' games and crafts. Besides Fred Segal, others on the Beauty Row include Shades Natural Hair Color Studio in Beverly Hills, which will be offering hair extensions, color strands, massages and more goodie bags; and NewDo4U, which will be applying hair ribbons or feathers–your choice depending on whether you want to look like one of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” or a Silverlake hipster mom.
Live music will be provided by Inara George of the Bird and the Bee and the Living Sisters. Past silent auction items have included Richie Sambora's hat, Bon Jovi's guitar, a painting by Pierce Brosnan, art classes with Jane Seymour, “American Idol” Finale tickets with limo and Paul Mitchell hair-care products.
Saddlerock is the home of Malibu Family Wines and features 1,000 acres of grape vines and shaded grassy areas, as well as camels, llamas and zebras. More than 100 movies and TV shows have been filmed there.
All festival proceeds benefit City Hearts, a 26-year-old L.A.-based non-profit that provides after-school and other arts programs for Southern California's most underprivileged and critically at-risk children ages 5-18. Founded by juvenile public defenders Bob and Sherry Jason, City Hearts has provided classes in Shakespeare, playwrighting, dance, photography and more to over 30,000 kids.
Admission (including on-site parking) is $85 for adults; $35 for children (age 5-20); $125 for VIP tickets; $195 for the Family Pack (2 adults and 2 children). For tickets, call (310) 455-2898 or go to www.cityhearts.org. Saddlerock Ranch: 31727 Mulholland Highway, Malibu.