Fredericksburg Welcomes Food and Wine Fest

Plans are under way for the 19th Annual Fredericksburg (Texas) Food and Wine Fest.

Wine casks backdrop a display of wine and cheese.

Wine casks backdrop a display of wine and cheese.

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Plans are under way for the 19th Annual Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, Saturday, October 24.

The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest features the best of Texas wines, food, and entertainment. More than 70 exhibitors vie for attention from discriminating gourmets and oenophiles.

The event features more than 50 Texas Specialty booths showcasing, sampling and selling candies to olive oil, spices, jams, beef, lamb, herbs, jams, jellies, rubs, salsas, as well as other gift items such as Texas lavender and soap products.

Texas wineries scheduled to participate to date include Becker Vineyards, Bell Mountain Vineyards, Brennan Vineyards, Chisholm Trail Winery, CrossRoads Winery, Fawncrest Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards, Haak Winery, Homestead Winery, Inwood Estates Vineyards, Llano Estacado, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Messina Hof Winery, Oberhof Wine Cellars, Pedernales Cellars, Piney Woods Country Wines, Pleasant Hill Winery, Purple Possum Winery, Red Road Vineyard & Winery, Sister Creek Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyard, Three Dudes Winery and Val Verde Winery. Guests will have an opportunity to sample more than 100 varieties of Texas wine.

Lively entertainment includes jazz, Cajun and blues music from Texas artists the Konkrete Kings, The Fabs and Ponty Bone & Danny's Dream, as well as a silent and live auction. The auctions will feature original artworks, gift baskets provided by the fest specialty booths, winery tours and other goodies from local artists and merchants.

The ever-popular Grape Expectations Cooking School begins at noon Saturday and showcases six sessions featuring guest chefs from around the state. This year's line-up includes chef and author Terry Thompson Anderson, Molly Fowler (The Dining Diva) and Chef Ross Burtwell of Cabernet Grill at Cotton Gin Village, just to name a few.

Organizers are planning two special events to enhance the experience of this year's festival. These special events have limited seating with tickets only being sold in advance. Anyone who wishes to attend one or more of them is encouraged to purchase tickets by calling 830-997-8515.

A Celebration of Texas Food and Wine: Friday, October 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. for $75 per person. The ticket includes general admission to the Fest on Saturday.

The popular Patron Brunch on Marktplatz, catered by Delicious Details, is from 11;30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 24, for $100 per person.

The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest begins accepting guests at noon Saturday and continues until 7 p.m. General admission is $20 for adults, $5 for those under 21, and free for children under 12. The $20 admission includes one souvenir fest glass, three sampling tickets, Texas specialty booths, Texas wineries, a wonderful auction, entertainment, cooking school sessions, food court and the Great Gargantuan Grape Toss. When your sampling tickets are gone, there is a ticket booth to buy more, and visit the food village offering an array of food to purchase.

For more information on the event, and to purchase advance tickets, call the Fest Office at 830-997-8515, or visit theĀ website. Proceeds from the Fest go toward the continued beautification of Marktplatz and is sponsored by the City of Fredericksburg.