MIDLOTHIAN

Beer lovers won’t feel left out at this year’s Fall Wine and Arts Festival. For the first time since 2014, the festival will include craft beer in the lineup.

In September, the Midlothian City Council approved an amendment, 4-2, that named the city in the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce’s insurance policy. That allowed excess vendors to overflow out of the businesses and out onto the road and sidewalks for the festival.

However, with most of the wineries already positioned inside the local downtown businesses, another idea was placed on the table.

“We’re adding beer to the street,” chamber special events manager Kim Hays said. “For $10, you get five taste tickets, from Peticolas to Railport Brewery. Ten dollars, five tickets, beer for purchase after that.”

According to a press release, the festival has added five local breweries to their festival lineup. They include the Railport Brewing Company, TUPPS Brewery, Legal Draft Beer Co., Wild Acre Brewing Company and Peticolas Brewing Company. They will be available as street vendors while the rest of the festival’s wineries will be placed inside local businesses.

Hays said if consumers tasted a sample they enjoy, they could go to Beef O’Brady’s afterward to get a full size of it. Hays said Beef O’Brady’s would have all of the selections available on-tap at the festival.

In addition, Hays said there are 150 artisans and 19 food vendors at the festival. Hays recommended that participants come to the festival hungry.

“We have added everything from BBQ to fried bologna,” she said.

Hays said the festival would also feature several musical guests, including Dean Seltzer, Center 313, the 9th St. Band and Captain Howdy and the Space Goats.

Hays said Woodrow’s Coffee Shop would also have live bands that will perform as well, including the Cool Resolve band and lead singer Tim Urban, who was a top 10 finalist for season nine of “American Idol.”

Involved with the festival since the beginning, Hays said she is blown away by how much the festival has grown and looks forward to seeing how it expands even further from here.

“It has grown from where we had a couple of wineries and a 100 people to now we have 18 wineries and over 4,000 guests,” she said. “We want our community, and it isn’t just Midlothian. We want you from Waxahachie, Mansfield, wherever. We want you to experience the great Texas wineries, the great local craft brews and local artisans that will blow you away.”

The wine and arts festival is from 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in downtown Midlothian. While the festival is free, taste tickets are available for wine at $25 and beer for $10. VIP tickets are $75 and include a personal tent, private servers and a transportation shuttle.

If you would like to purchase tickets or learn more about the festival go online at midlothianchamber.org.

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David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX

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