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Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 12:00 pm

By Danielle Church

Harker Heights Herald

Wine lovers can expect some of their favorite vineyards to come together Saturday during the third annual Central Texas Food and Wine Fest at Harker Heights Community Park.

Hosted by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, the festival will incorporate nine wineries from surrounding areas, including Fiesta Winery in Lometa.

"We've got a lot of sweet wines; sweet whites, sweet reds, as well as some good dry ones too," said Steve Baxter, owner of the Lometa based vineyard.

Baxter said this is the winery's first year participating in the Central Texas Food and Wine Fest, but has been involved in numerous others throughout the area.

"I'm expecting lots of wine to be poured and a good time," he said. "We have a lot of customers that come over here from the area and we've promoted it as big as we can and I think it's going to be a good turnout."

Chamber President Bill Kozlik said they are expecting anywhere between 12 to 14 food vendors at the event, which will all be sampling different types of food and wine.

According to Kozlik, last year's festival drew a crowd of nearly 800 people, and said they are expecting to exceed 850 patrons this year.

The Central Texas College culinary arts department will also be on display organizing demonstrations in a 20- by 30-foot tent, Kozlik said.

Live music is expected to kick off around 3:30 p.m., and staff from the Chicago eatery, Wise Guys, will be hosting a hot dog eating contest as well.

"There's plenty to do and it's a good time," Kozlik said, mentioning the intertwining of art and crafts being offered throughout the day.

Contact Danielle Church at dchurch@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7567.

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