Humongous purple mess coming to St. Catharines university campus


Published September 21, 2022 at 3:43 pm

So 500 students, two metric tonnes of Concord grapes... sounds like a normal afternoon in wine country. Here students are at the 2019 Grape Stomp. (Photo: Brock University)

Take more than 500 Brock University students, add two metric tonnes of Concord grapes and what do you get? A colossal purple mess, that’s what.

After a three year absence, the university’s messiest tradition is ripe for its return as the Homecoming Grape Stomp will once again take place Friday (September 23) at the Jubilee Court from noon to 1 pm.

The Grape Stomp — which “University Affairs” magazine has called one of the best university traditions in Canada — is part of a packed lineup of events for the return of Brock’s Homecoming celebrations this weekend, which includes Saturday’s Brock Night at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, among others.

“We’re ready to bring Grape Stomp back in a big way,” Kristen Smith, Brock’s Manager of Community Experience and Leadership told Brock News.

“We’re excited to have new students experience this tradition for the first time and for upper-year students who had this on their Brock bucket list to be able to check this off in 2022.”

Smith said the event has long been one of the University’s most popular traditions.

“It’s not every day you get to stomp grapes and make memories in this way,” Smith says. “It’s also a chance for people to celebrate being in Niagara, in the wine region, with the grape harvest now underway.”

The day will also include live music by Vinyl Flux and a free barbecue for the Brock community.

Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold, and to dress in costume as they prepare to paint Jubilee Court purple.

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