GRAPEVINE -- Brett Kinzel, owner of Napoli's Italian Café, is not staying up late worrying about the pizza contest at this weekend's Main Street Days.
The three-day festival, billed as "a pizza experience," will feature the People's Pizza Pick contest for the second year. Napoli's did not win last year.
"I really don't worry about the contest part," Kinzel said Wednesday. "That is not why I do it. Our focus is putting out a good product."
Napoli's, one of nine local restaurants vying for the public's vote, will offer a New York Sicilian pizza with a choice of toppings, cheese, pepperoni and "some type of supreme," Kinzel said.
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Pizza is not often associated with Grapevine, which emphasizes its history, recreation and wine. But for a second year, Main Street Days looks to draw thousands of visitors seeking the best pizza.
Festival Co-chairman Mike Lease said the event has evolved as the city worked to attract out-of-town visitors. For some years, the theme was outdoor adventure. Last year, it was switched to pizza.
"That theme of having a pizza experience seemed to get a lot of traction," Lease said. "We had seven vendors last year compete in the People's Pizza Pick contest. This year they all came back, plus we have two more."
Samples of those nine restaurants' pizzas will be available for a low price, as will full slices for festivalgoers wanting a meal.
Last year, Main Street Days drew more than 160,000 people and raised $165,489 to benefit the Grapevine Heritage Foundation's preservation efforts, according to the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Besides the pizza contest at the Pizza Piazza, two new pizza-related events are Roma's Pizza Toss Academy, where kids 10 and under can learn to toss and twirl dough like a pro, and the Pizza Piazza Pub, featuring premium and craft beers and wines.
Nonpizza events include the grand opening of the visitors bureau headquarters at 10:30 a.m. today. The highlight will be the introduction at noon of Nat Barrett and Willy Majors, two animatronic would-be train robbers who have a gunfight in the clock tower.
Main Street Days will also have music on five stages, food, merchandise, carnival rides and kids' activities for six blocks.
"We are promoting Grapevine through the festival," Lease said. "I hope that if someone is new to Grapevine and comes to Main Street, they will see a vibrant business community here. They will have a good, wholesome family experience and come back again to visit the tasting rooms and our shops."