By Vanessa Lynch

Harker Heights Herald

Belton boasts a beautiful courthouse square, with a vibrant downtown for shopping, dining and live music.

Discover the city by attending the second annual Art and Wine on the Square Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free, but six-wine tastings with a commemorative glass are $20 each.

Enjoy the sounds of the Joe Young Jazz Band and others during the event.

Artists from around Texas will be showing off their talents in various art mediums all around the Historic Courthouse Square.

Since food and wine go hand in hand, the event will allow attendees to nosh on free sample bites from local restaurants Coronas De Oro, Mee Mee’s and Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que.

“This is the event that lets you enjoy the experience of tasting different varieties of wine with friends and family, and finding a new favorite,” said Nolan Creek Winery owner Vira Chudasma, adding nine wineries will be set up.

Leila Valchar, owner of My Giving Tree Art Gallery, is co-hosting the event to showcase Central Texas talent.

A silent auction and raffle with several pieces donated by the artists will be held during the show.

All proceeds will benefit the Aware Central Texas child abuse prevention center.

“I’d like this to become something that will grow for the benefit of all,” Valchar said.

“This event really puts Belton on the map, because it’s really a gem.”

My Giving Tree Art Gallery and Nolan Creek Winery are teaming up again to host the event.

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or in advance at the Nolan Creek Winery, 219 S. East St., Belton.

The Bell County Courthouse is at 101 W. Central Ave., Belton.

For more information, call My Giving Tree at 254-939-8733 or Nolan Creek Winery at 254-613-4475.

“If you’re looking for something special, you’ll find it this weekend,” Chudasma said. “See you there!”

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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