Room to grow: 6th annual wine, food fest finds new home Reply

????????????????The 6th annual Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival kicks off the Hill Country’s fall wine & food festival season this year on Saturday, September 14, from Noon – 7:00pm. The 2013 event is called the Dripping with Taste Wine, Food & Arts Festival, with plans to take the experience up a notch under the new name and in a new, more spacious home to host the event known for having the most Texas wines under one roof.

“We’re glad to be showcasing wineries such as our own Bell Springs Winery, Westcave Cellars, Duchman Family Winery and Driftwood Vineyards but guests will also be able to taste wines from around the state,” said Visitors Bureau director, Pam Owens.  “Twisted X Brewing Company, Dripping Springs’ first brewery, will also be on hand with samples of their Tex-Mex beer.” photo

The event will be housed in the brand new Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center Pavilion. Workers are still putting finishing touches on the huge multi-use center in the City’s newest park on RR 12, just a few miles north of Hwy 290.  Last year’s event was hosted on the grounds of the beautiful and popular Texas Hill Country Olive Company Tasting Room and Orchard in Dripping Springs, but the venue overflowed with a record 2,000+ visitors who turned out to sample and purchase local wines, beers, foods, and handcrafted goods.

texas wine viewDripping with Taste 2013 will have lots more elbow room for guests, and for the 30 Texas wineries, four Central Texas breweries, and 15 restaurants and chefs who will showcase their best offerings in the 12,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned ballroom. More than 40 specialty vendors will feature their goods under the covered 17,000 sq ft “front porch” area, with everything from alpaca shawls to singular hand-tooled silver jewelry and, of course, all things wine-related.  And this year’s inaugural arts component will feature interactive painting by Pinot’s Palette for festival visitors.

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Dripping Springs musician wins Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year Reply

The City of Dripping Springs proclaims Alex Dormont and Hot Texas Swing Band Week

AWA Alex DormontThe Academy of Western Artists 17th annual Will Rogers Cowboy Awards took place on Saturday, Feb. 2nd at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center in Fort Worth.  The Academy honored local musician Alex Dormont with the Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year award.  Past winners of this award include Leon Rausch, who sang with Bob Wills, Curtis Potter, and Billy Mata.

“I am thrilled to receive this award.  I love Western Swing Music and love to play dancehalls”, Dormont said.  Dormont has been in numerous bands including Ace in the Hole and Jimmy Day’s band.  He also appeared as the fiddler in the film “Lonesome Dove”.

On February 12, the City of Dripping Springs proclaimed at its City Council Meeting that February 10th-16th shall be known as Alex Dormont and Hot Texas Swing Band Week.  Mayor Todd Purcell read the proclamation which recognized Alex Dormont and The Hot Texas Swing Band for their musical contributions to western music and to the community of Dripping Springs.

Alex lives in Dripping Springs and has played music at local events for almost 30 years.  Alex and The Hot Texas Swing Band, have performed during the last year at the Wild West Fest Rodeo Dance, The Friends Foundation BBQ at the Salt Lick, the annual Heritage Gala at the Pound House, the new Mercer Street Dance Hall, the Oktoberfest Celebration on Mercer Street, and at Hill Country Care. They also play every second Sunday for “Drippin’ Daninc'” at the Barn at Bell Springs.

Visit the Hot Texas Swing Band web site at: www.HotTexasSwingBand.com or contact: Alex Dormont (512) 264-2182   AlexDormont@hillcountrytx.net

Learns more about the Academy of Western Artists awards: www.AWAawards.org