Want to experience the best spirts & culinary treats that the Hill Country has to offer in one convenient afternoon? Then come to the second annual “Taste of the Hill Country” food and wine festival on Saturday, July 16 from 2-6 pm at the Galloway Hammond Recreation Center, 1601 South Water Street, in Burnet. Tickets and reserved sponsor tables are on sale now.
Over the last couple of years, Cathy Ryden, from the Galloway Hammond Recreation Center, heard from area restaurant and food & beverage service providers that the poor economy had strongly affected their revenues. Focused on supporting local businesses, and also providing a memorable event for the community, Galloway staff began brainstorming ways to help these companies draw in more customers and also bring more visitors to the area. Originally from Austin, Cathy had helped organize similar events in the Austin area, and realized the need for such an event in our area.
That idea was an event showcasing local restaurants and caterers to generate the public’s interest in eating out and hiring local caterers and vintners for parties, receptions and business meetings, as well as providing a fun and enlightening evening for adults in our community. Last year’s inaugural event surpassed all expectations with over 500 people in attendance, a record for a first-year event at GHRC.
With over 35 restaurants, wineries, caterers, chocolatiers, and more, this year’s Taste of the Hill Country promises to be the ticket of the season.
Held in the expansive Galloway Hammond Recreation Center gymnasium, attendees can stroll booth to booth and sample from a variety of offerings ranging from barbecue to mexican food, merlots to apertifs, and everything in between. Each business will provide samples, display menus, have items for purchase, and supply information about their services. Participants will also get to vote for their favorites in this year’s “People’s Choice” Awards. And with so much of the community anticipated to attend, it should not only be a lot of fun but also prove to be a great networking event.
In addition to spotlighting restaurants and caterers, the event is set to be one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Galloway Hammond Recreation Center. Staff hopes to see the event continue in the coming years, with plans down the road to expand with additional offerings and activities throughout the weekend.
For more information on the Taste of the Hill Country, visit them on the web at www.tasteofthehillcountrytx.com or contact Cathy Ryden at the Galloway Hammond Recreation Center, 512-756-6180.