hill country film festival in fredericksburg, texas

Award-winning shorts and features, comedies and dramas, it’s all happening next week at the 5th Annual HCFF in Fredericksburg April 30 through May 4. You can buy all-access badges or tickets to individual screenings. There’ll also be festival parties and interviews with filmmakers. For the film lineup and screening schedule, go here.

Today we celebrate the final battle of the Texas Revolution, a fight that lasted all of 18 minutes. Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s army to win Texas independence from Mexico. According to legend, Santa Anna missed the actual battle because he was “entertaining” a young Emily Morgan in his tent. I say we salute that woman, the famous “Yellow Rose of Texas,” with her own drink. Treaty Oak Platinum Rum is made here in Austin with all-Texas ingredients. Blend it with frozen lemonade, and you’ve got a mighty tasty Yellow Rose. Here’s to you, Emily!

Yellow Rose: Blend 6 oz frozen lemonade with 2 oz Treaty Oak Rum

Treaty Oak website

Happy Easter!

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20 Apr

No point in having a website if you can’t make fun of show off your brother! Nice knee dimples.

Hill Country Wine & Music festival at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas

(map) Tis the season for festivals out West, and this one near Fredericksburg is one of the best. It happens next Saturday, April 26, from 11 to 7 at Wildseed Farms. Eight Texas wineries will pour tastes, and you can buy wine by the glass or bottle. Local restaurants and food trucks will provide the eats. There’ll be live bands playing all day, plus lots of arts and crafts vendors. $25, and more info is at the link below. Cheers!

Hill Country Wine & Music Festival website

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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