With just two weeks to go before the annual Harker Heights Food, Wine and Brew Fest, tickets are a hot commodity.
The seventh annual festival, hosted by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 10 p.m., at Harker Heights Community Park, 1501 E. Farm-to-Market 2410.
Tickets are on sale online at hhfoodandwine.com.
Several ticket choices are available for purchase:
General Admission Early Bird tickets, $25;
General Admission tickets at the gate, $30;
VIP tickets (a limited number available), $75.;
DD tickets (an adult general admission non-alcoholic ticket),$25;
Kids ticket (ages 13 and older), $10.
Kids 12 and under get in free.
The general admission early bird tickets include a souvenir glass, five wine/beer tasting tickets, live music, and beer and wine tasting classes.
The VIP ticket holders get access to the tasting area about one hour prior to the gate opening to the general public, a hand blown souvenir sipper glass, 10 wine/beer tasting tickets, a designated seating area, taste of the festival (a plate of freshness created by one of the talented chefs at the fest), a meet and greet with the George Strait Tribute Band along with commemorative HH Food, Wine and Brew Fest merchandise.
DD ticket holders will not be allowed to partake in tasting classes or to purchase tasting tickets.
Gina Pence, president and CEO of the Harker Heights Chamber, said, “When you buy your tickets online and check out, be sure and click on the Share and Save button, which will pop up on the screen.
If you share the fest event to your social media page or Facebook, then you’ll get a discount on some tickets. This is a new savings that we’re providing this year.”
Tickets are also on sale at any H-E-B store across Texas.
In the last two years, the Chamber has worked the festival from a tourism perspective.
“It’s viewed as a regional event,” Pence said.
Pence told the Herald that the festival is not just highlighting and branding the city and chamber.
She said, ”It is really supporting our community by giving them something else to do. It keeps them from having to drive outside the region to get to a place like this that provides something for everyone. It economically impacts our businesses by bringing thousands of people to one location.”
Last year’s crowd totaled over 4,000 people. Predictions by festival officials stand at 5,000 for this year.
The registration time for vendors has closed. There will be fewer than last year in response to feedback from vendors and those who were ticket holders.
Pence said, “We decided to scale back this time just to be able to manage things wisely. It will be a win-win situation. This is not a one-man show, but a community event and we want everyone to be successful.”
For more information, call 254-699-4999 or visit the chamber office at 552 E. FM 2410, Suite B, in Harker Heights.