2nd Annual Texas Olive Fest celebrates local foods with wines, art & live music Reply

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The Texas Hill Country Olive Company is set once again to celebrate all things olive, along with local foods, wines, art and live music, at the landmark Tuscan-styled Tasting Room and Mill House set in the middle of 17 acres of Hill Country acreage-turned-organic olive orchard in Dripping Springs.

More about the 2nd Annual Texas Olive Fest from owner Cara Gambini – who says she does “a little bit of everything” at the family-run business – in her own words:

THCOC FrontExtTablesWHAT INSPIRED THCOC TO HOST AN ANNUAL OLIVE FESTIVAL?

Texas Hill Country Olive Company is a family-owned business. We have a strong desire to educate people about growing olives and making great olive oil, as well as the many healthy products it produces. We do all of that right here, locally, so we can give visitors an up-close look and taste of what olives and olive oil-based products are all about.IMG_2054

Not everyone has seen an olive tree or even knows that there are over 700 varieties of olive trees around the world. As well, these beautiful trees can live to be thousands of years old and have been referenced in some of the most notable texts and events in history.

Texas is one of the few states in our country where olive trees can actually thrive. We want to share that experience of farm-to-table with as many people we can and nothing gives us more pleasure than sharing it in our beautiful hill country orchard.

IMG_1968WHAT’S NEW OR DIFFERENT FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL?

This year our focus is to support the local food movement. We have partnered with the Sustainable Food Center to share their message about strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. Beyond that we will have more participating food & wine vendors as well as some stellar chefs who will demo their recipes using our products with samples provided. We are also excited to have a short opera called Bon Appetit! that is based on actual text from one of Julia Child’s best-loved television shows, when she bakes a French chocolate cake.

THE LINEUP IS IMPRESSIVE. WHAT’S THE LATEST?IMG_2037

The categories are Food, Wine, Artisans, Live Music & Olive Education Seminars. This year, we have: 16 wineries, 5 chefs, 10 restaurants, 10 specialty vendors, 3 Live Bands & 1 Acoustic Set, 3 Olive Education Expert Seminars, Olive tree sales, a Kids Area with Bouncy House, and a live performance scheduled by the Hill Country Opera House of Bon Appetit! – an entertaining opera based on one of Julia Childs’ most loved TV episodes, when she makes a French chocolate cake!

IMG_2022WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH LOCALLY MADE OLIVE OILS AND PRODUCTS IN TEXAS?

The Texas olive industry is where the Texas wine industry was 20 years. We consider ourselves to be one of the pioneers of this movement and want to educate the public on this sustainable crop. Therefore, we are learning, growing and starting to co-op with other growers. We feel strongly that everyone should have access to fresh, local, high quality extra virgin olive oil. The health benefits and richness that fresh olive oil adds to our diet makes it an important part of everyone’s kitchen.IMG_2002

We currently have 5 varieties of olive trees on our land and will continue to plant other varieties to see how we can incorporate them into new products. Each variety of olive has it’s own characteristics that makes coming up with new blends that much more fun.

HOW WILL THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER BE PARTICIPATING, AND BENEFITTING?

The sustainable food center will be providing educational material at their booth as well as organizing and managing all of our volunteers. We will be donating proceeds from ticket sales to support the Sustainable Food Center.

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SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER
JACK ALLEN’S KITCHEN
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY WINERIES

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The Texas Hill Country Olive Company is located at  2530 W. Fitzhugh Road in Dripping Springs, TX - about 30 miles southwest of Austin, in the Central Texas Hill Country!

The Texas Hill Country Olive Company is located at 2530 W. Fitzhugh Road in Dripping Springs, TX – about 35 miles southwest of Austin, in the Central Texas Hill Country!

Visit the Texas Hill Country Olive Company online to learn more about the Adopt-A-Tree program, and shop a full line of artisanal organic olive oils, flavor-infused balsamic vinegars and olive-based spa products:

http://www.texashillcountryoliveco.com

Become a Facebook Fan: Facebook.com/TexasHillCountryOliveCo

Follow on Twitter: @TXHillCtryOlive

Advance discount tickets for the Texas Olive Festival are available online at:

http://www.texasolivefest.com

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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.

The day will include live music, as More…