Lake Travis Springfest 2014 in Bee Cave, Texas

(map) This annual festival starts next Friday and runs through Saturday at The Backyard. There’ll be live music, food, and new this year, a bigger Craft BrewHaus, featuring local craft beers from Infamous Brewing, Twisted X, Jester King and more. Lake Travis SpringFest website

Brunch anytime is egg-citing, but especially so on Easter, because we have so many great choices. Restaurants below will showcase everything from fabulous food to live music, Easter egg hunts, even a See More »

real ale brewing anniversary party in Blanco, Texas

(map) Next Saturday from 12 to 5, Real Ale Brewing Company throws its annual anniversary bash with food, live music and beer. The list of brews on tap includes Firemans 4, Lost Gold IPA, 4 Squared, Brewhouse Brown, Rio Blanco Pale, Full Moon Pale Rye, Devil’s Backbone, Hans’ Pils, 18th Anniversary Gose, Hefeweizen, Sword Iron Swan, Real Heavy, 15th Anni RIS, Sisyphus, 16th Anni Doppelbock, and BLAKKR. Come hoist a few and cheer on the “little guys” who’ve become the fourth-largest craft brewery in Texas.

Real Ale Brewing website

Parade float at the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, Texas

(map) This three-day event starts this Friday, and offers everything you could want from a small-town festival: parades (including a pet parade), food, live music, dancing, a biergarten, arts and crafts, a carnival, fun runs and more. Take the scenic route to town from any direction, and you’ll see why lawmakers named Burnet the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas” back in 1981.

Burnet Bluebonnet Festival website

Jeff Bridges appears at the Old Settlers Music Festival in Driftwood, Texas

(map) Jeff Bridges and his band The Abiders are just part of the star-studded lineup at this annual four-day festival. The Old Settler’s Music Festival starts tomorrow in Driftwood and runs through Sunday. Acts include Robert Randolph, Bob Schneider, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Del McCoury Band, and 26 more. You can go for just one day, or camp out overnight at Camp Ben McCulloch. Tickets start at $30. (Bonus: it’s across from Salt Lick  Barbecue, so you can enjoy some tasty ‘cue with your tunes!)

Old Settler’s Music Festival website

 

New York strip steaks from Southern Traditions Grass Fed Beef, at the Lone Star Farmers Market in Bee Cave, Texas

(map) These local ranchers are the newest addition to Sunday’s Lone Star Farmers Market in Bee Cave. Southern Traditions has been supplying some of Austin’s finest chefs with healthier, grass-fed beef, and is now selling directly to us. Above, the New York strip, one of the tastiest cuts you can buy. Below, here’s the booth to look for (complete menu list after the jump).

Booth for Southern Traditions Grass Fed Beef, at the Lone Star Farmers Market in Bee Cave, Texas

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That’s the actual brand name for these. That’s how seriously a company that makes confetti eggs takes itself. Cascarones are real eggshells, hollowed out and filled with colorful confetti. Popular at Easter, having one See More »

The Texas Olive Festival at the Texas Hill Country Olive Company in Dripping Springs, Texas

(map) A hit last year, this “celebration of all things olive” is back this Saturday at Texas Hill Country Olive Company in Drippin’. Not just for olive-lovers, the festival offers local foods and wine tastings by 16 Hill Country wineries, including Messina Hof, Duchman, Lewis Cellars, and William Chris. There are samples from ten local restaurants, as well as chef demo’s by five local chefs, including Chef Jack Gilmore from Jack Allen’s Kitchen. Live music is provided by four local bands. The festival runs this Saturday, April 5, from 12 to 7. Tickets are $35 in advance. Find more information at the link below.

Texas Olive Festival website

Striking Gold

In: Drinking

28 Mar

Bending Branch Tannat, gold-medal winner at the 2014 Dallas Morning News - TEXSOM International Wine Competition

Lately, Texas wines are on a gold rush, winning 11 gold medals at the 2014 Dallas Morning News TEXSOM International Wine Competition. Lest you think there was a local bias, 55 judges tasted 2,729 wines from 27 states and 20 foreign countries. That’s a lot of vino! Members of the Texas Fine Wines group (Bending Branch, Brennan and Duchman) won four gold medals. Lewis Wines, Stone House, Messina Hof, Spicewood Vineyards, Haak and Eden Hill also won gold. Read more about the winners here and cheers to all!

Steven Saylor

In: Stuff

26 Mar

Celebrated author Steven Saylor appears in Bee Cave, Texas

He’s been called “one of the greatest authors of historical fiction,” and next week, Steven Saylor will speak at the Bee Cave Library. As a guest of the Lake Travis Reads program, Mr. Saylor appears next Tuesday, April 2 at 7 pm. He’s authored the best-selling “Roma” series, as well as a historical novel closer to our homes, “A Twist at the End.” That book focused on America’s first serial murders, which took place in Austin in 1885. The “servant-girl annihilator,” as O. Henry dubbed him, was never caught. This guy can spin a tale, so don’t miss it! For more info, click on Lake Travis Reads

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