The Fourth Annual Taste of Hays County boasts a fourth year of great food and fun.
This event, set for Aug. 17 at Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood from 6-9:30 p.m., is a culmination of all of the great “tastes” Hays County has to offer: Divine food, native musical talent, local commerce and a silent auction filled with items from local merchants. The event benefits of United Way of Hays County, local non-profit that promotes safe, independent and healthy lives for area families.
Guests can let their taste buds run wild in a room filled with a symphony of sumptuous bite-sized portions — everything from savory to sweet. Participating restaurants include: Bailey’s Burgers, Cody’s Bistro & Lounge, Ilario’s Italian Cuisine, Kasserole Konnoisseur, Mochas & Javas, Palmer’s Restaurant & Courtyard, Rocky River Grille, Root Cellar Café and WANderlust. Pair tastings with cool drinks and wine that was aged and bottled in Driftwood at the Duchman Family Winery.
“Each restaurant lends its own flair to the event,” said Diane Dupont, event chairperson. “Restaurants will bring crowd favorites, signature dishes that patrons have come to know them for, but they also use this event to introduce new creations and concoctions to peak guests’ interests.”
Singer and songwriter, Chad Hudson, a Dripping Springs native, will grace the evening with his smooth, melodic rifts and soulful vocals. In addition, guests can bid on unique items in the silent auction, an array of everything from tickets to local attractions, designer handbags and professional cookware to local goods and services.
All proceeds from the Taste of Hays County benefit United Way of Hays County programs and partner agencies. United Way addresses community needs through education, income and health programs. In 2014, UWHC will support 30 local programs that work to ensure that all residents have quality learning opportunities, a stable income and basic needs, and access to life-changing prevention and health programs.
“This event is a chance to have fun, while supporting your community,” Dupont said. “For the cost of your admission you get a culinary experience, an opportunity to go home with great items, and the satisfaction of knowing that your contributions go towards creating significant lasting changes in our community.”
Tickets for the Fourth Annual Taste of Hays County are available online at www.unitedwayhaysco.org  or for purchase at Cody’s Bistro and Lounge, Palmer’s Restaurant, Courtyard & Bar and Palazzo Reale Furniture in San Marcos and Busy Bee Gift Shop in Wimberley. Individuals tickets are $30 and couples’ tickets are $50. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about Taste of Hays County tickets and sponsorships call (512) 353-1420.