MIDLOTHIAN

The eighth annual Midlothian Wine and Arts Festival is this Saturday and promises plenty of live music, locally made goods and tasty wine around the downtown square.

The event, which is presented by Founder's Row in Midlothian, is from 2 p.m. — 9 p.m Saturday, April 28 on North Eighth Street. Patrons can purchase tickets for the wine tasting on the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce website.

Tickets for the tasting are $25, which includes a commemorative wine glass, reusable tote, and 12 tasting tickets. All wineries will have bottles of wine for sale, as well.

New this spring is the VIP Experience, which includes reserved table seating, appetizers from Mo’s Italian Deli, private servers for beer and wine, and a ticket to the wine tasting event. VIP tickets are $65 or $120 per couple.

Admission for the festival is free for all attendees.

Cammy Jackson, president of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, is excited to bring the event back to the community.

“Each time, we attract new wineries, new vendors, and visitors who have never even seen our beautiful, vibrant downtown area," Jackson said. "We’ve made some changes to the event based on feedback we’ve received.”

New to the Wine and Arts Festival this year is extended time for music lovers to hear local artists, an expanded KidZone and many more crafters and artisans. The festival grounds will be extended down to 6th Street so more businesses can participate, which also assures safety for festivalgoers.

The chamber has Over 150 vendors and nine food trucks lined up to serve. Sixteen wineries (and a few craft beer breweries) will participate in the wine tasting — some new, some returning. The wine tasting portion of the festival takes place from 4 — 8 p.m.

“But there will be plenty of activities beforehand to keep people entertained,” added committee co-chair Stephen Hidlebaugh.

"We want people to recognize our historic downtown as a destination. We want them to shop in our local stores, eat at our restaurants, and just know that this is a place where families can enjoy themselves.”

Judy McGraw, the committee co-chair, added, “This event is family-friendly, and is reminiscent of days when Midlothian residents just came together to enjoy a day outdoors."

Jackson also noted the event features a diverse, local musical lineup on two separate stages during the one-day event. The Main Street Stage features the ever-popular 9th Street Band, Center 313, and Houston recording artist, Dean Seltzer & The Redneck Mothers. The Omega Live Stage is a mix of local talent and Midlothian High School students.

For more information, connect with the Chamber of Commerce at midlothianchamber.org or call (972) 723-8600 or the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midlowineandarts/.