SALADO — The Village of Salado Tourism Office will host its first Salado on the Rocks event this weekend.

With the tagline “Take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of Salado,” the event includes seven stops at local eateries where participants will get a dish of food and a signature mixed drink.

“This is for the non-wine drinkers,” said Lyndsey Barrett, administrative assistant at the Village of Salado Tourism Office. “(Salado Swirl) went over so well and we had so many people compliment it, we figured why not do the same event for someone who likes other types of drinks.”

A total of 250 passports were made available for the event, with about 100 left as of Thursday, Barrett said. Passports will get participants into a stretch of seven local restaurants within the mile-long Main Street, as well as a “Salado on the Rocks” glass and goodie bag.

“These events always attract a wide crowd of people from Salado and the area,” said June Ritterbusch, owner of the Salado Wine Seller. “I think they’ll really be surprised how much is going on in Salado.”

According to a news release, Salado Creek Winery will offer a Caprese Salad and wine-tini; Alexander’s Distillery will serve a herb-crusted Carpaccio crostini paired with a red martini; The Range will pair a crispy smoked trout brandade with the Famous Col. Spears Pan American Cocktail; the Salado Wine Seller will offer handmade cheddar cheese and its Diamond Back red wine; at The Shed, participants will get a Frito chili pie with Shed Lemonade; the historic Stagecoach Inn will offer its famous Salado hushpuppies and Stagecoach Southern Iced Tea; finally, Rising Star Vineyards will serve Cajun jambalaya and Salado wine spritzers.

Additionally, some stores will extend their hours Saturday to allow On The Rocks participants to shop between stops.

“A lot of people are playing it by ear because of the weather,” Barrett said. “I think we’re going to be swamped Saturday.”

A trolly will be available to transport participants from the north to south end of town.

For more information, call (254) 947-8634 or go to

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476

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