The Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival is proud to announce its centerpiece weekend event scheduled for April 5-8, 2001, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The Festival has been entertaining food and wine enthusiasts for 16 years and has gone from being a regional event to a premier international showcase.

This year's featured country is Spain; it is one of the six national flags that have flown over Texas since the first European exploration of the region by Cortez in 1519. The first vineyards in Texas were planted by Spanish missionaries in the 17th century.

Festival schedule offers something for everyone

The Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival begins the weekend with an elegant evening that benefits the Festival's Foundation, a nonprofit organization set up by the Festival to benefit the wine and food industries, and KLRU-TV, the local PBS affiliate.

On Thursday night, April 5, 2001, the Foundation Dinner will feature cuisine by Executive Chef Elmar Prambs, of the Cafe at the Four Seasons, followed by the "Rare and Fine Wine Auction," after the dinner. Friday night's (April 6, 2001) popular event, "Stars Across Texas," will feature 35 premier Texas restaurants cooking their signature dishes on site, with wines from Texas, California, France and Spain. To add to the culinary excitement, judges will award the most divine dishes prepared by the guest chefs. Personally decorated chef coats will also be auctioned to those who want to take home more than a full stomach.

The Culinary Masters Dinner on Saturday, April 7, 2001, will be an Epicurean extravaganza featuring the cuisine of famous toques with a Spanish influence. At this event, the Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Monthly magazine will join forces to announce the "Who's Who in Food and Wine in Texas" -- local heroes and haunts that have made significant contributions to the industry.

The Sunday Wine & Food Fair is the Festival's finale featuring live music and a multitude of wine and food tastings. It will take place the afternoon of Sunday, April 8, 2001, at the Salt Lick Pavilion in Driftwood, near Austin.

Additional weekend events include "Lunch in the Wine Country," a golf tournament, cooking, beer and wine seminars, cigar smoker, Riedel glass comparison tasting, champagne breakfast, winemaker luncheons, Spanish wine and cheese primer and a silent auction. New to the Festival this year are two seminars that feature the latest ideas for stylish entertaining: the art of an elegant table setting and gourmet kitchen designs.

                The Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival
2000-2001 Board of Directors

Kevin W. Williamson, President
Ranch 616 & Ella's
Susan Auler, Vice-President
Fall Creek Vineyards
Linda Bebee, Vice President
Texas Beef Council
Leon Cikota, Vice President
Block Distributing
Larry Peel, Vice-President
Larry Peel Company
Stewart Scruggs, Vice-President
Brio Vista
Craig Thibodeau, Vice-President
Austin Produce & Specialty Foods
Erika Brown, Treasurer
Zoot, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Dolce Vita
Madeleine Manigold, Secretary
Spicewood Vineyards
Chad Auler
Fall Creek Vineyards
Helen Baxter
The Baxter Group
Dr. Richard Becker
Becker Vineyards
Anita Cook-Motard
Glazer's Distributing
Wm. Emmett Fox
Asti
David Garrido
Jeffrey's & Cippolina
Dick Goss
Hill Country Balloons
Robert Guillory
Cafe 290
Diane Howard
Syndicated Columnist
Eric O'Keefe
Cowboys & Indians
John Rife
Glazer's Distributing
Bret Tisdale
Bercut=Vandervoort & Co.

For more Festival information: www.texaswineandfood.org, or call (512) 329-0770.