Enjoy wine, food, music, dancing and shopping? If it's a resounding yes, you don't want to miss the 11th annual Wein & Saengerfest in historic downtown New Braunfels, on Saturday, May 3.
With 15 different wineries each offering 3 types of wine for tasting, you are sure to discover an old favorite or a unique new flavor that pleases your palate. Try a few, like Cranberry Cianti from Water2Wine, Cupcake Angelfood White Blend and Cupcake Red Velvet from Cupcake Vineyards or Green Apple Riesling from Dionisio Winery.
Wine samples are poured by volunteer wine-pouring teams who compete for a spirit award, Kelsey Heiden, marketing coordinator for the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, says. "It's an awesome opportunity for folks to represent their business and show their team spirit."
If you're not a wine connoisseur (don't worry, there's beer-tasting too) but curious to learn more, check out Weinstein University. It's an entire area of the festival dedicated to wine education, including food and wine demonstrations, with 30-minute seminars taught by wine experts from HEB, Republic National Distribution Company and Messina Hof Wineries. This year's session topics will cover Wine Etiquette, Cooking with Wine, Pairing Wine with Your Meals, and Texas Wine.
Heiden says event goers also won't want to miss the Chef Showdown at 6 p.m.—a Wein & Saengerfest favorite! Eight amateur chef teams face off over gas grills to create mouth-watering dishes using "mystery basket" ingredients and a common pantry. The grill champions will be chosen by celebrity judges: Mayor Gail Pospisil, Olivier Bourgion (The Wine Guy), Chef Carol Irwin (owner of Buttermilk Café and the River House Team Room), with commentary by radio personality David Ferguson.
Since saengerfest means song festival in German, we can't forget the music. This year's lineup includes Le Freak, The Hillbilly Jug Band, Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express, Zydeco Joe and Texas Tide. Bring your dancing shoes because you'll want to join in the street dance too.
The festival is also a great opportunity to stroll through the Marketplatz, visiting amazing displays from some of the most unique art and hand-made craft vendors in the state.
While it seems to be all fun and games, Heiden says Wein & Saengerfest is a time to highlight the shops and entertainment venues in downtown New Braunfels, as well as downtown's historic beauty. "Out-of-town guests contribute to our economy by staying overnight at local properties and dining locally," she says, "while guests from New Braunfels are reintroduced to the treasures downtown New Braunfels offers."
So if you're ready for a good time, here's some info you need to know:
The festival area is downtown New Braunfels. There are no entry gates or admission fees. Parking is along the downtown streets, so be prepared to walk. Guests are encouraged to mill-about and shop the market vendors, as well as downtown stores. Bring your lawn chair to sit and enjoy the entertainment at one of the two outdoor stages or stop in a restaurant or bar for a bite, or to enjoy additional live music.
For a full list of wineries, the entire entertainment schedule and participation applications, check out weinandsaengerfest.com or call (830) 221-4350. You can also like Wein & Saengerfest on Facebook for updates or follow on Twitter.
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