As the event date draws nearer, the level of anticipation and excitement escalates at Comanche Trace and around the Hill Country.
There is already much buzz flying around and the feedback we have received indicates this year’s event is going to be fun for all ages. While strolling around the lake to map out the booth locations for all the wineries, breweries, vendors, stage, and other attractions, a vision of jovial patrons enjoying good wine, flavorful craft beer, tasty foods, toe-tapping music, and serene hot air balloon rides floods the mind. It is easy to imagine relaxing in the shade enjoying the wine or beer of your choice while the breeze lapping off of the water cools your spirit and the acoustics of the Hill Country echo the melody of the band. It is sure to be a day to remember at Comanche Trace. As the event date draws nearer, the level of anticipation and excitement escalates at Comanche Trace and around the Hill Country
We receive new vendor requests every day; so many Texas wineries, craft breweries, food vendors, and retail vendors enthusiastically anticipate being a part of the first annual Texas Hill Country Wine and Brew Festival. The response has been so fantastic; I expect there will be some last submissions that will not be mentioned in this article.
All of the wineries this year hail from Texas, with the majority being from right here in the Hill Country. Some you may have heard of and some you may not, but I guarantee you that they will all impress your pallet. As of right now, the wineries that will serve at this year’s festival are 4.0 Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Bending Branch Winery, Dionisio Winery – Houston, Flat Creek Estate, Kerrville Hills Winery, Messina Hof, Singing Water Vineyards, and William Chris Vineyards. Come stroll the Texas Wine Trail in one location; all of the reward without any of the driving!
The Lake at Comanche Trace 2801 Comanche Trace Drive Kerrville, Texas
The Craft Breweries
The craft-brewed beers will be supplied by Ben E. Keith and Brown Distributing. If you are a beer lover, there will definitely be something here that you will like and possibly something that you have yet to try. Ladies, if you are having a hard time convincing your man to take you to a wine festival this summer, just show him the list of breweries that will be represented this year; Alaskan Brewing, Franconia Brewing Company, Pedernales Brewing Company, Rahr and Sons Brewing Company, Real Ale Brewing Company, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, and Snow Goose. Come taste some Hill Country brews as well as some favorites from other parts of the globe. Awesome choices!
One of my favorite facets of this year’s festival is definitely the hot air balloon rides! There is not a single kid or adult out there that will not enjoy the views of the majestic Hill Country from inside the gondola of a floating balloon. There is also a gated playground for the little ones and a river-park. If you want to get away from the music and cool yourself by the water.
Remember to bring your chairs, blankets, and umbrellas. Ten-foot-by-ten-foot private tent sites are also available for an additional $20, tent not included – $100 with a tent included. All tent sites must be reserved in advance. Call (830) 895-8505 for details. There will also be a large misting tent with tables and chairs to help everyone cool off. There will be no ATM machines on site, so bring cash for all the extra goodies.
Need a place to stay? Whether you are looking to rough-it in a tent, hook-up your RV, or relax in an air-conditioned room, there are several places nearby to rest your head for the evening. You will find excellent RV and camping accommodations at Koyote Ranch just outside of Kerrville, Guadalupe River RV Resort, Kerrville-Schreiner Park less than a mile from the festival entrance, Triple-T RV Resort, and Buckhorn Lake Resort. Kerrville hotels include Inn of the Hills, Holiday Inn Express, Y.O. Ranch Hotel, Comfort Inn and Suites, and La Quinta Inn and Suites.
In between music acts, hot air balloon rides, and tastings be sure to visit all of the unique vendor booths. You will find rare goods from handmade jewelry, art and crafts, to fine foods. Barrel Designs, Blue Bottle Studios, Melissa A. Torres Art, Our Town Bakery, Fischer and Wieser, Gourmet Texas Pasta, Hill Country Premium Beverages, In a Pickle Foods, Rhonda’s Charms, Strandkorb People, Tara Hutch Jewelry, Texas Hill Country Olive Co., Vela Farms, Wildgoose Manufacturing, and YaYa Gurlz are the retail vendors that will be selling their wares.
Great care went into band selection. Artists with exceptional talent and a strong following was our meter, and we definitely met our goals. We are especially excited to have, 2013 Grammy Winner, Bonnie Bishop as our headliner. Look for the up and coming guitar prodigy Johnny Cooper, who is also on the bill. The third act is southern country rockers, The Kyle Bennett Band. You will be getting your money’s worth with this line-up of entertainment; consider everything else on us.
Adult – Alcohol Patron tickets will include 10 tasting vouchers and a complimentary wine or pilsner glass. The tasting vouchers will be the only way to purchase wine or beer tastings. Additional tasting vouchers can be purchased with cash or credit cards for $10 from the ticket booth. Wine bottles can be purchased with cash or credit card through individual wineries but must remain corked while at the festival. All tickets will include entry into the event, three live music acts, a trick roper show, as well as other event attractions. Food, non-alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and hot air balloon rides must be purchased separately. No outside food or drinks allowed. Check the website for our refund policy.
Proceeds from the Texas Hill Country Wine and Brew Festival are distributed to organizations that benefit the lives, education, and well-being of the citizens of Kerr County, Texas. Please check our website after the first annual festival in July 2013 to find out where distributions were paid. Qualified I.R.C. 501(c)(3) public charities that would like to apply for distributions from Texas Hill Country Wine and Brew Festival should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.