The Texas Wine & Rogue Art Festival at Salado Winery and Salado Wine Seller on Saturday and Sunday features live music, arts and crafts, food, wine and glasses like these from last year.

Spring has definitely sprung.

Evidence is everywhere. The days are getting warmer, the nights longer, and I saw bluebonnets growing in Temple.

I know I’m getting spring fever when I start browsing Central Texas calendars for festivals and outdoor events. With the arrival of spring came my annual craving for patios, live music and libations, so I was thrilled to discover the Texas Wine & Rogue Art Festival is this weekend in Salado.

The outdoor festival, hosted by Salado Winery and Salado Wine Seller, features live music, food, arts and crafts booths and, of course, wine tastings. Wineries from Dallas, Poteet, Meridian, Waco, Florence, Grapevine and San Antonio will offer tastes of their best libations.

Six tastes are just $10 and that price includes a commemorative glass to take home. Not a bad deal, in my opinion. If you don’t want to partake of wine, admission is free.

My husband and I attended the Rogue last year and had the best time. He is not much of a drinker, but he did taste some wines. What he didn’t drink, I eagerly took off his hands, so it worked out well for us.

The best part about the festival was the people we met there. The friendly folks manning the wine tables were eager to chat about wine and life, as were the artists displaying their creative wares. As we walked around the festival, music wafted about courtesy of a young man playing acoustic guitar on a side stage. Music, wine and happy people in the great outdoors on a beautiful spring day — it doesn’t get much better than that.

I’m hoping for more of the same this year.

Texas Wine & Rogue Art Fest is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Salado Wine Seller, 841 N. Main St., Salado.

Contact Kristi Johnson at or (254) 501-7548

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