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Grapes and Hops 2022: New Date and Location

Posted on : 27 Jan 2022 | No Comments

KANDU Industries Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that provides programs and services to people with disabilities and disadvantages, announced today its plan to host its 9th annual Grapes & Hops fundraiser on May 20, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the airport hangar at Revv Aviation (formerly known as Carver Aero), located at the Janesville airport,

KANDU’s popular Grapes & Hops wine and beer tasting fundraiser was initially scheduled for February 22 but like many other area events was postponed out of concern for the safety of KANDU’s sponsors, guests, and staff during the recent increase in COVID transmissions.  “We were disappointed to postpone what is typically a winter event but took the opportunity to consider other venues that would breathe new life into it without changing all the aspects that make it unique,” said Linda Diedrich, KANDU’s director of marketing. “The idea of hosting it in an airport hangar presented an interesting contrast to a typical wine tasting setting and would offer our guests a new experience.   The inside of the hangar will be decked out with different theme-based serving booths, which alone creates great décor for any event.  When the sun sets, there will be a great view of the runway with its glimmering lights surrounded by the sound of live music, all of which lends to a pleasant indoor/outdoor ambiance.”   As an added attraction, Revv Aviation will host facility tours during the event and depending on weather conditions, will display antique and training aircraft for guests to enjoy.

KANDU’s Grapes & Hops event features community members who volunteer to be “celebrity pourers.” They create experiences for guests by designing fun and interesting theme-based booths from which they serve select samples of wine and beer.  Many of them dress in theme costumes and offer in-booth activities to keep guests entertained.  They also donate time prior to the event soliciting event sponsorships and selling admission tickets. 

Other event activities planned thus far include live music, a spectacular array of all you can eat hors d’ oeuvres, and silent and live auctions.

KANDU’s Grapes & Hops event is designed to raise funds to support its many work, social and daily programs for people with disabilities in our community.   “We are proud to bring an event like Grapes & Hops to the community, especially in this unique venue,” said KANDU Executive Director Kathy Hansen.  “It takes more than our internal staff to plan an event like Grapes & Hops and meet our fundraising goal.  We are so grateful for the community support, celebrity pourer teams who donate so much of their time, and the sponsors who support the event with cash and in-kind donations.”

Businesses and individuals who are interested in the benefits that come with an event sponsorship or would like to purchase admission tickets, can learn more at or by calling Linda Diedrich at 608.755.4123, ext. 308.  Sponsorship levels range from $500-$10,000.  Admission tickets are $95 or $110 at the door.