Did you hear the story about the peacock? It’s a beautiful tail! Well, at least it is for the winemaker couple in town who own and operate Perrine Winery.
Beth Perrine Leopold and Rick Leopold are farmers at heart and have worked in the agricultural industry all of their lives. Their passion for wine has driven their vision to own and operate a winery and vineyard.
Thus, they were introduced to the micro-winery business. This sector of the winery business allows the couple to work with micro-breweries around the world. These other facilities provide the Perrine Winery with a variety of grape juice and grapes, from which the Leopolds create their signature wines.
The couple will be hosting two events at the Perrine Winery on Sunday, September 10, 2017. At 9 a.m., they will start off with The Three Drinks 5K, at the end of which the runners each receive a glass of beer, wine, and a shot of whiskey or bourbon!
Following the race, The Peacock Festival begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Activities include a Dress-Your-Pet-Like-A-Peacock contest, a Peacock Call contest, shopping, food trucks and music.
Also, Perrine Winery will be collaborating with Urban Interface to host their own contest. Urban Interface is a conservation based nonprofit organization in the Brazos Valley. Their goal is to educate people on the importance of balancing the human-wildlife interaction within our community.
We got the chance to speak with Beth Perrine Leopold to get a better background of the event and the interesting and memorable event title.
MW: Why is the event called the “Peacock Festival?” What brought on the topic?
BPL: There is a peacock on my family (Perrine) crest. No one else seems to have a peacock festival in the area, so I thought we’d go with that. It actually just came to me one day.
MW: Who are some of local craft vendors that will be present?
BPL: The vendors are Pickle Your Fancy (pickles); Sentsational! (soaps and air fresheners); Amici Imports (olive oil); Starlight Creek Designs (handcrafted woodwork, antler products, and jewelry), Brazos Glassworks (jewelry and sun catchers); Steelwool (metal jewelry and blacksmithed items); Kate’s Wine Jewelry (custom wine necklaces and wine glass rings); Toadily Handmade (small fabric items); Reclaim It! (crafts and furniture); Rockin Z Quilts (quilted items); Natalie Joseph (human and animal massage); a couple who makes concrete furniture,; one who does small metal and copper items; Urban Interface, they do raptor rescue and other animals and promote educational activities with the animals as ambassadors – they will be having a contest for artwork on a new wine label that will be a profit share wine for them; and the Bryan Animal Center, who will have dog adoptions available that day.
MW: Why is the focus on animals?
BPL: For the 5K that is right before the Peacock Festival (3 Drinks) by Race Texas, we needed a charity for some of the proceeds to go towards. The Aggieland Humane Society gets a lot of press and donations, while the great work that the Bryan Animal Center does goes unnoticed and is short funded. So, I thought they would be a great group to have the race proceeds to go to. For the 2 contests (Dress Your Pet Like a Peacock and the Peacock Call), the “entry fee” is $5, all of which goes to the Bryan Animal Center.
With a purpose to serve the community through some great tasting wine, Perrine Winery also focuses on bringing neighbors together to serve a greater local cause with this “out of the ordinary” event.