Texas' best on menu for Food, Wine Fest


Featuring the best of Texas wines, food and entertainment, the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, on Marktplatz.

Gates open at noon on Saturday for the 27th annual event, which continues until 7 p.m.

General admission is $25 for adults, $5 for those under 21, and free for children under 12.

The $25 admission includes one souvenir fest glass, six sampling tickets (which can be used for three two-ounce sample pours or one glass of wine), and Texas specialty booths, Texas wineries, a silent auction, entertainment, food court and the Great Gargantuan Grape Toss.

More information on the event, and advance ticket purchase, is available by contacting the fest office at 830-997-8515, or by visiting www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com.


Wine, beer

Twenty-seven Texas wineries will be on hand Saturday pouring over 100 types of wine.

Guests will also have an opportunity to visit with some of the wine makers.

Participating wineries include Armadillo’s Leap Winery, Becker Vineyards, Chisholm Trail Winery, Fall Creek Vineyards, Fawncrest Vineyard, Fiesta Winery, Flat Creek Estate, Fredericksburg Winery, Georgetown Winery, Grape Creek Vineyard, Haak Vineyards and Hye Meadow Winery.

Also, Inwood Estates, Landon Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, Lone Hen Winery, Lost Draw Cellars, McPherson Cellars, Messina Hof Winery, Pleasant Hill Winery, Seifert Cellars, Singing Water Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyards, Texas Mead Works, Texas Southwind Vineyard and Winery, Thirsty Mule Winery and Val Verde Winery.

The event will also feature a selection of Texas craft beer, including Real Ale Oktoberfest, Karbach Love Street, Altstadt Lager, Alstadt, Rahr and Son, Shiner Oktoberfest, PBC Lobo Oktoberfest and Robert Earl Keen Front Porch.


Food, products

A variety of Texas made products will be available for sampling and purchase on Saturday.

Offered will be lavender products, salsas, jams and jellies, pasta, candies, seasonings, nuts, cheese, olive oils, beef and lamb, items made from used wine barrels, hand-painted glasses and more.


Grape Expectations Cooking School

Four Texas chefs will be showcased at the Grape Expectations Cooking School beginning at noon on Saturday.

Texas chefs participating are Retail Manager/Chef Leo Aguirre, Fischer and Wieser Specialty Foods; Chef/Owner Ross Burtwell, Cabernet Grill; Pastry Chef Lois Rodriguez, Austin and Chef/Owner Jack Gilmore, Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Salt Traders, Austin.

Seating is limited to the first 150 persons.

Tickets are $75 per person, and includes general admission to the fest.


Art, entertainment

Local artist Carletta Smith created the 2017 poster art.

She will be on hand Saturday to sign posters.

The original artwork will be one of the items offered in the silent auction.

Entertainment will include music by Texas artists, including Hit and Run, Mau Mau Chaplains, El Tule and Josh Dodds.


Special events

Three special events are also planned in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest.

These special events have limited seating, and those interested in attending are asked to call 830-997-8515 for availability.

The first special event is the Messina Hof Hill Country Go! Texan dinner tomorrow, Thursday.

The event is catered by Chef Bryan Gillenwater of Bryan’s on 290 in Johnson City.

On Friday, a Celebration of Texas Wine and Food will be held at Becker Vineyards.

Food will be provided by Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Salt Traders of Austin.

The Patron Party on Saturday will be catered by Delicious Details.


Sponsors, proceeds

Sponsors of the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest include the City of Fredericksburg, Real Estate Advisory Team, Gästehaus Schmidt Reservation Service, Clear River Pecan Company, Security State Bank and Trust, Opa’s Smoked Meats, Fischer and Wieser, Atmos Energy and H-E-B.

Proceeds from the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest go toward the continued upkeep of Marktplatz.



Noon to 2 p.m. — Hit and Run.

2-2:30 p.m. — Great Gargantuan Grape Toss.

2:30-4:30 p.m. — Mau Mau Chaplains.

4 p.m. — Silent auction ends.

4:30-5 p.m. — Great Gargantuan Grape Toss.

5-7 p.m. — El Tule.


Grape Expectations

Cooking School

•12:15 p.m. — Co-Owner/Executive Chef Jack Gilmore and Executive Chef Chris Ten Eyck from Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Austin, and Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, Round Rock.

Demonstration: Turkey and White Bean Chili with cornbread muffins                                       

Winery: Flat Creek Winery — Super Texan.

•1:15 p.m. — Chef/Owner Ross Burtwell, Cabernet Grill, Fredericksburg.

Demonstration: Ginger Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peppered Walnuts, Bananas and Charred Pineapple Fried Rice.    

Winery: Fall Creek Vineyards — Chenin Blanc.

•2:15 p.m. — Lois Rodriguez, Texas Highways magazine, Austin.

Demonstration: Flourless Chocolate Mocha Cake and Chocolate Mousse.

Winery: Llano Estacado Winery — Pinot Grigio.

•3:15 p.m. — Retail Manager/Chef Leo Aguirre, Fischer and Wieser Specialty           Foods, Fredericksburg.

Demonstration: Pad Thai.

Winery: McPherson Cellars.