One of the best ways to learn about Texas food and wine is to immerse oneself in it. That is one of the goals of the annual Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest, celebrating its 22nd Anniversary Saturday, October 27, 2012. Culinary tourism continues to grow in popularity, and our fest offers a great “one-stop” experience. The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest features the best of Texas wines, food, and entertainment. Texas Specialty booths and Texas wineries vie for attention from discriminating gourmets and oenophiles, as well as novice “foodies”. All fest activities are located on Fredericksburg’s beautiful downtown MarktPlatz (Market Square). A Special Thanks to Fest Sponsors:H-E-B and Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods.
Twenty-nine Texas wineries will be on hand pouring over 115 types of wine. This year’s participants are 4.0 Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Bell Mountain Vineyards, Bending Branch Winery, Bernhardt Winery, Chisholm Trail, Crump Valley Vineyards, Dionisio Winery, Fall Creek Vineyards, Fawncrest Vineyard, Fredericksburg Winery, Georgetown Winery, Grape Creek Vineyard, Haak Vineyards, Landon Winery, Llano Estacado, Lone Hen Winery, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Maydelle Country Wines, Messina Hof Winery, Pedernales Cellars, Piney Woods Country Wines, Pleasant Hill Winery, Rohan Meadery, Seifert Cellars, Singing Water Vineyards, Sister Creek Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyards and Val Verde Winery. Guests will also have an opportunity to visit with some of the wine makers.
A wide variety of Texas made products will be available for sampling and purchase as well. Look for lavender products, salsas, jams and jellies, seasons and spices, nuts, dipping oils, olive oils, toffee, hand painted glasses, chocolates, a variety of cheeses, and candles, among many other selections.
Our ever-popular Grape Expectations Cooking School, Saturday starts at noon, showcasing Texas chefs. Chefs participating this year include Matthew Cavin of Doss Country Store; Ross Burtwell of Cabernet Grill; Lois Rodriguez of Texas Highways; Ryan Abitz, Cielo Su Terra, Austin; Josh Raymer of Navajo Grill and Joe David Shearer with Fredericksburg’s H-E-B Cooking Connection. There will be two sessions featuring three chefs each. Seating is limited to the first 150 persons and is $10 per session or both sessions for $20.
New this year is the Vintner’s Experience! Meet the Wine Maker. Guests will have an opportunity to sample a white, red and rose wine, all while learning about it and chatting up close and personal with the winemaker. Cost is $15 per person, and it will be held from 2:00-3:00 in the Kinder Halle. Tickets available on-line or at the Fest souvenir booth on the day of the festival. Each winemaker will pour a 2 oz sample of one of their exquisite Texas wines. The wines poured will not be available in the wine pavilion. Each Guest will have a chance to purchase a bottle of wine. Participating Wineries include Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg Winery and Grape Creek Vineyards.
Lively entertainment will include music by great Texas artists El Tule, The Flashbacks and Ponty Bone & the Squeeztones. There will also be a silent auction with many great packages filled with items donated by the participating wineries and vendors as well as local retailers.
Our annual poster series will feature artwork by local artist and jeweler Chämpe Carter. This original painting, as well as a signed and framed poster, will be featured in the silent auction. Mr. Carter will be on hand for poster signings.
Organizers are planning three Special Events to enhance the experience of this year’s festival. These special events have limited seating with tickets being sold in advance only and are still available. Thursday’s event is Locavore at Messina Hof Hill Country, featuring everything local. Tickets are $60 per person. Friday’s event is A Celebration of Texas Food & Wine at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes admission to the Fest on Saturday. Saturday’s Patron Party on Marktplatz will feature food by Delicious Details, and tickets are $100 per person, which includes admission to the Fest and additional tickets for wine tastings.
The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest begins opens at noon Saturday and closes at 7:00 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, 6 sampling tickets, Texas specialty booths, Texas wineries, a wonderful auction, entertainment, food court and the Gargantuan Great Grape Toss and the Great Grape Fun. Be sure to visit our food village offering an array of food to purchase. When your sampling tickets are gone we do have a ticket booth to buy more. More information is available by contacting the Fest Office at 830-997-8515, or by visiting www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com. Proceeds from the Fest go toward the continued beautification and upkeep of Marktplatz and is sponsored by the Market Square Redevelopment Commission and the City of Fredericksburg.
12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM —El Tule
1:30 - 2:00 PM —Gargantuan Great Grape Toss
2:00- 4:30 – Vintner’s experience, Meet the Winery
2:00 - 4:00 PM — The Flashbacks
4:00 PM — Silent Auction Closes
4:00 - 4:30 PM — Gargantuan Great Grape Toss
5:00 - 7:00 PM — Ponty Bone & the Squeezetones
Grape Expectations Cooking School
12:15 pm Chef Matthew Cavin; Doss, Texas
• Beef and Mushroom Ragout with Mini Baguette
Winery: Llano Estacado
1:15 pm Lois Rodriguez, Texas Highways, Austin
• Pumpkin Empañada
Winery: Messina Hof
2:15 pm Chef/Owner Ross Burtwell, Cabernet Grill, Fredericksburg
• Ancho Watermelon Glazed Texas Wild Caught Shrimp with Watermelon Pico and Texas Goat Cheese
Winery: Pedernales Cellars
3:30 pm Chef Josh Raymer, Navajo Grill, Fredericksburg
• Achiote rubbed pork tenderloin with poblano grits
Winery: Haak Winery
4:30 pm Ryan Abitz, Cielo Su Terra ~ Personal Chef Services
• Charcuterie & The Art of Mustard 101
Brewery: Pedernales Brewing Company
5:30 pm Joe David Shearer, HEB Cooking Connection, Fredericksburg
• Cracked Pepper Grilled Mushrooms
• Bodacious Rib Eye Steak
Winery: Bernhardt Winery