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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Annual Events Returning to Harker Heights

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

On Saturday, September 9, the city of Harker Heights will be holding their ninth annual Food, Wine and Brew Festival. The event offers an  exuberant array of beverages and culinary delights to be sampled and purchased by visitors from the Harker Heights, Killeen, Fort Hood, Temple, Austin, Copperas Cove, Georgetown area and beyond. The festival will take place from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Harker Heights Community Park, 1501 East FM 2410. Last year, the event held over 20 wineries, 15 craft brews, a live band, a Wine 101 class, and over 130 vendors promoting their businesses to the public. This year, vendors include Dead Fish Grill, Sticky Bones BBQ, Nothing-Bundt-Cakes and many more. This year’s special vendor will be Black Hawk Brewing Supply, a homebrewing establishment that is local to Harker Heights. There will also be a Craft Beer Class this year, sponsored by H-E-B, which will provide education on specific elements of the brewing process among additional tastings and food pairings; these classes are free and times are still to be determined. Those who attend will be able to participate in choosing their favorite beer, wine and food for the People’s Choice Awards. Freedom Air Helicopter Service will also be offering helicopter rides, though unannounced fees will apply. Last but not least, stone carvers will demonstrate their work at the festival to promote the ageless art; some of their work will be on sale as well.

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Vendors showcase their products at last year’s eighth annual Wine and Brew Festival for guests to sample and purchase.

General admission tickets begin at $25 when purchased online, and $30 at the door. Both tickets include a souvenir glass, five tastings, live music and access to the wine and beer class. VIP tickets are $75 and include access to the tasting areas one hour before gates open to the public, a hand-blown souvenir glass, 10 tastings, designated seating area and much more. Kids 12 and under may attend free, while those 13 and over can purchase tickets for $10. The profits earned from ticket, beer, wine and food sales will go towards the city’s budget and will be dispersed through the city’s Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the Harker Heights Beer, Wine and Brew Festival, or to purchase tickets, visit www.hhfoodandwine.com.

Then, in the following week, the seventh annual Central Texas Lowbrow Art and Tattoo Convention returns to Harker Heights and will take place through the 15, 16 and 17 of September. The convention is sponsored by Billy the Kid entertainment, among others, and provides  a platform for artists from all over the area to showcase and promote their work. The convention will cater to people of all ages, as there will be bounce houses, face painting, temporary henna tattoos and magic shows for children. Doors will open Friday at 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will take place at 710 Edwards Drive.

Tickets are $13 at the door, and children 13 and under may attend free. There will be multiple tattoo contests daily–including best traditional color, best script, and best abstract. There will also be a free car show at the convention on Sunday, September 17. For more information about the upcoming Lowbrow Tattoo Convention, visit their Facebook page.

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