(scroll over the photos to see captions; click to see full photos) Imagine a farmers market on steroids. Now add alcohol. Hey! You’ve got the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival’s sold-out Sunday fair. Despite the scorching 85-degree weather, everyone had a grand time at this large gathering of Texas eateries, local businesses, vineyards, and distilleries. Those who tried a lemon-infused shot from Avión Tequila, fresh fruit– or herb-infused açai spirits from Veev, or a Gascón Malbec from Argentina—or all three!—were in good hands. But there was plenty to do besides drink. Booth after booth of local businesses such as the Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company (wild cherry balsamic vinager), Garlic Expressions (all-natural salad dressing), and Shibber D’Lites (apricot-cayenne cheese balls) were just an appetizer for the heftier samples at Trace (rabbit pâte on toast with an apple-curry mayo), Zandunga (pork carnitas with bacon, ham, and cabbage salad), and even Whole Foods (shortrib slider braised in wine and aromatics with caramelized onions). And it’s safe to say no one left without a few sweets from Austin Cake Ball (lemon drop cake), Blue Note Bakery (so many cupcakes to choose from), and, our favorite, Wiseman House Chocolates (Wild Woman truffle). And we haven’t even mentioned the fun live music or many stores in attendance. The punniest name in the bunch? Two Winey Women. After such a great afternoon, there were many more winey women (and men) toting home shopping bags full of goodies, ready for a nap. Posted by Megan Giller
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