Just a short drive from Springfield in Walnut Grove, Missouri, is 7C's Winery, a hometown winery that’s well-known for its wines and Meads (wines made from honey) as well as its annual Mead Fest. Mead is an ancient medieval drink, so naturally Mead Fest features a Renaissance Faire with live-action demonstrations, games and, of course, turkey legs.
“The first year of Mead Fest we had about about 300 people and since then, it has gained a life of its own,” says Dwight Crevelt, owner of 7C’s, along with his wife Jean Anne. “We’re expecting around 600 guests this year. People are excited about experiencing the Renaissance time period.”
7C’s will also introduce its new Meads for the year including: Wildflower, Clover, Afterburn (jalapeno), Hades Ambrosia (habanero) and Afterlife (ghost pepper) along with its regular selection of Meads. Crevelt says the increase in notoriety of 7C's Winery in recent years has been encouraging.
“The wine industry is growing in southwest Missouri,” says Crevelt. “There are several wineries in the area who are producing better and better wines every year. We like to have festivals to get people out of the rat race and enjoy themselves. And at the same time, events like this helps build our notoriety and demand for our products in stores.”
Getting there: 502 E. 560th Rd.
Walnut Grove, MO 65770
Hours: Tasting room and Gift Shop open year round, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday, Monday by Appointment.
Mead Fest: Sunday, Sept. 27, Noon - 6:00 p.m. (Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Ash Grove Food Pantry).