Welcome to Come and Taste It


The weatherman is predicting perfect weather this weekend for the second annual Gonzales Inquirer Come and Taste It Craft Beer and Wine festival which will be held on Confederate Square on Friday night April 26 and the afternoon of April 27 for the second consecutive year.

Friday’s forecast is for temperatures in the mid-80s with plenty of sunshine, followed by a delightful forecast of 86 degrees and sunny for Saturday.

The festival will once again feature a VIP Night kickoff celebration on Friday night beginning at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Kenneth Stewart Trucking, the VIP night will feature a taste of Gonzales (with food from Baker Boys BBQ, Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farm, the Running M Bar & Grill, Sweet B’s and cheeses and crackers from HEB and Walmart), abundant wine from Majek Winery and Vineyards and a full selection of almost 20 Shiner beers, along with Blue Moon, Coors Light and Coors. At 6:30 p.m., Gabe Gallardo will perform on the David Stewart Trucking Main Stage and will perform for two hours. Tickets for the VIP Night are $50 and entitle the ticket holder to entry both days, all the food, wine and beer they want on Friday night, and a souvenir pour glass and mug along with eight drink tickets for Saturday’s big beer, wine and entertainment day.

“It’s a great way to kick off the weekend,” said festival organizer Terry Fitzwater. “What else could you ask for in Gonzales: Perfect weather, good food, good wine, and plenty of beer.”

On Saturday, Flare Energy Services is proud to present all the activities for the day. The Texas Benefit Solutions tent opens at 1 p.m. with local saxophone legend O.S. Grant performing from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Wine from Majek Winery and San Duccerro Winery will be available, as will a variety of craft beers from Shiner, Blue Moon, Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo, Mich.), BS Brewing (Seguin), Freetail Brewing (San Antonio), Thirsty Planet (Austin), Twisted X Brewing, Cara Cara Brewing (Lockhart), Seguin Brewing Company (Seguin), Karbach (Houston) and 3 Nations (Fort Worth). Coors and Coors Light will be available as well, courtesy of Hartman Distributing out of Victoria.

Following O.S. Grant to the stage will be Austin recording artist the Bethany Becker Band (2:30 p.m.). The recording group will be sponsored by Something More Media out of Port Lavaca. The Bethany Becker Band will be followed by Houston’s Oliver White Group (5 p.m. - sponsored by Mi Academy), with headliner the Hot Attacks out of Victoria taking the stage at 8 p.m.

There will be a few food trucks available on Friday night and Saturday, including The King and I and the Long Branch Saloon.

Tickets for the event are still available at the Gonzales Inquirer office at 622 St. Paul Street, or by calling 830-672-2861. All ticket holders will receive a complimentary beer mug from the Gonzales Inquirer, sampling glasses from Shiner and Blue Moon, and other swag inside the tent.

No credit cards will be accepted at the gate on Saturday.