NAPA, CA – July 15, 2014 – Despite the final game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, more than 1,300 revelers packed the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ (NVG) 3rd Annual “Día de la Familia,” Sunday, July 13 in downtown Napa. The annual street festival, provided by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, celebrates Napa Valley’s farmworkers and their families.
In addition to a World Cup viewing tent, nearly 50 community organizations showcased the extraordinary services and programs they provide for Napa’s farmworkers, their families, and the community at large. Mariachis serenaded the crowds as they enjoyed traditional food and beverage from four taco trucks.
Paul Goldberg, Vineyard Manager for Bettinelli Vineyards and Director on the NVG Board summarized the significance of this event: “Día de la Familia was created three years ago not only to celebrate all that Napa Valley’s farmworkers do for our industry, but also to continue to improve their involvement in our community as a whole. We are thrilled to see such an incredible turnout every year.”
The afternoon also included colorful performances by Ballet Folklorico, Xochiquetzal and Danza Mexica Nanahuatzin, along with face painting, arts and crafts, raffles and a passionate presentation from key note speaker and farmworkers’ rights advocate Aurelio Hurtado, co-founder of the California Human Development Corporation.
In 2011, NVG created the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation to support and promote Napa Valley’s vineyard workers through education and professional development. The Farmworker Foundation has touched the lives of over 4,000 Napa Valley vineyard workers and their families and will offer 215 hours of education in 2014 alone.
About Napa Valley Grapegrowers
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers is a non-profit trade organization that has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class viticultural region for over 39 years. NVG represents over 690 Napa County grapegrowers and associated businesses. For more information, visit www.napagrowers.org or call (707) 944-8311.