The Hill Country Fall Fest & Wine Auction

Sept. 15-17

The swanky, new Horseshoe Bay Marriott Resort near Marble Falls is collaborating with area restaurants and wineries to host this second annual harvest celebration. Events are scheduled during three days in a variety of inviting locations. It's possible to book events separately by calling the Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce at 830/693-2815, and the Marriott Resort is offering a special package deal that includes a one-night stay, breakfast, and tickets to the Friday- and Saturday-night events. Be sure to mention the Harvest Fest when calling for reservations at the hotel, 800/452-5330.


Friday, Sept. 15

6:30-9pm: Take a sunset stroll on the Horseshoe Bay Marriott Pavilion and sample signature appetizers from Hill Country chefs complemented by wines from Texas vintners. Local legend John Arthur Martinez will provide the entertainment; $50 per person.


Saturday, Sept. 16

10:30am-12:30pm: Be at Fall Creek Vineyards (www.fcv.com) when Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather of Fredericksburg "Cooks up a Storm," demonstrating the preparation of some Hill Country favorites that will be served with Texas wines. She will also sign copies of her cookbook, The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes From the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe; $40 per person, reservations required; 325/379-5361.

Noon-5pm: Visit wineries on the Hill Country Wine Trail

6pm: Attend the four-course dinner and Toast of Texas Wine Auction Gala at the Marriott Resort prepared by Marriott Executive Chef Robin Murphy and guest chef Rebecca Rather; $90 per person, reservations required.


Sunday, Sept. 17

11am-1pm: Finish off the weekend with the Rosé Brunch at Cafe 909 in Marble Falls prepared by chefs Mark Schmidt, Patton Robertson, and Rebecca Rather; $40 per person, reservations required.

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