HARKER HEIGHTS — The official numbers won’t be available until next week, but it’s safe to say that Saturday’s 11th annual Food, Wine and Brew Fest filled Community Park with thousands of people. 

Chamber officials had predicted 7,000 would attend this year’s event.

The afternoon began with greetings from Harker Heights Mayor Pro Tem Michael Blomquist and District 54 state Rep. Brad Buckley.

Picking up the pace was the First Cavalry Brass Band as the featured musical group of the day.

The park was filled with 63 vendors including food tents and a variety of food trucks, crafts, art, glass blowing and the list goes on.

More than 60 sponsors made the event possible.

Let Us Do the Cooking served up popular food items from its tent. Owner Meredith Viguers said, “The biggest demand has been for our corn casserole and garlic mashed potatoes.”

For those wearing a special armband, free samples of craft beer and wine were served up by several of the more than 100 volunteers working at the tent.

Viguers told the Herald that she had been to every festival since it began

Those who walked into the H-E-B Pavilion walked out with a plate of free barbecue and potato salad.

Evening activities included the Battle of the Bands and the Trash Can Punches contests. A new Celebrity Trash Can Punch was added to this year’s event.

The winner of the Battle of the Bands contest provided entertainment until the festival closed at 10 p.m.

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