Tickets are on sale now for Larry Joe Taylor's seventh annual Rhymes and Vines Festival set for Sept. 20-22 at Melody Mountain Ranch.
Since 2005, the Taylors have invited friends and fellow Texans to the family ranch for three days of music, wine and home brew - and this year they have packed more of the Lone Star State into every sip and strum.
"We're really excited this year. We have tried to put the focus on Texas wines and foods," said Martha Taylor. "We have added wine tastings from eight Texas wineries, there will be professional and amateur wine and beer makers from Erath County and beyond and we will have the best in Texas cooking."
The home brew and wine competitions were established to promote the art, science and joy of making a unique, refreshing beverage from home. Amateurs and professional wine and beer makers can see how their brew compares to others across the state and learn a few tips and tricks to brewing the perfect batch.
John Hall, proprietor of Kittling Ridge Estate Wines and Spirits and Forty Creek Whisky maker, will be a guest judge along with two still-unannounced judges.
Winners will be announced Saturday afternoon during the festival.
New this year is a wine bar featuring eight different wineries from Fredericksburg, Marble Falls and other Texas wine hotspots. The wineries will be set up all day Friday and Saturday. Festival-goers can purchase wine by the glass, bottle or case at the event.
Amy Kushnir, a contributor for WFAA Channel 8, will host cooking demonstrations at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
"We are really going to have a lot of fun with the wine and home brew competitions, but it's all about the music," Martha said. "We've got a special lineup of artists and bands all from Texas."
Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday with Billy Joe Shaver, Mike McClure and Larry Joe Taylor himself.
On Friday, Kevin Fowler, Six Market Blvd., Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, Josh Weathers Band, The Damn Quails, blacktopGYPSY and Kylie Ray Harris will perform. Music begins at 3 p.m. on Friday and will continue well into the night.
Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, No Justice, Deryl Dodd, Tejas Brothers and others will perform.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit melodymountainranch.com.