Kemah Boardwalk Wine Fest
215 Kipp Avenue (Kemah Boardwalk), Kemah, TX, USA
www.kemahwinefest.com - (281)535-1000
Kemah Boardwalk Wine Fest Reviews
Texas Wine Festival Along the Bay Sep 20, 2009
It's nice to help start a new tradition.
The first annual Kemah Boardwalk Wine Fest was held on September 19, 2009 in a tent on the Kemah, Texas, Boardwalk and seemed to be a big success. I attended with a group of friends and we estimated that there were a minimum of two thousand people in attendance.
The theme of the inaugural festival was U.S. Pacific Northwest wineries and there were thirteen wineries represented, including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Wente Vineyards, J. Lohr, Dry Creek and Murphy Goods.
Prices in advance online were $35 and tickets at the door were $45. Tickets for this first festival were completely sold out.
The entry fee covered unlimited wine samples, along with appetizers from five local restaurants, including cheese, crackers, vegetables, kebabs, grilled meat wrapped with bacon, sushi, and one of my favorites--chocolate-covered strawberries. An outdoor band was included in the price.
The Kemah Boardwalk has suffered its ups and downs with storms throughout the years, due to its location along Galveston Bay. This boardwalk was badly damaged by Hurricane Ike's storm surge in September, 2008 and the initial press reports sounded grim. Following Ike, initial costs for damage to the Kemah area alone were estimated at U.S. $200 million. It was good to see the Kemah Boardwalk back up and running and most of the hurricane damage seemed to be repaired.
I really enjoyed this festival and hope there is a second festival in September, 2010. The wineries represented offered good quality and generous samples, there was plenty of food available, and the price was reasonable.
I would caution about a few problems, however. Dress very comfortably as the Texas heat and humidity will be a factor (especially inside the tent). Food lines will be long and I would recommend eating a large meal before attending. Two of our group stood in the cheese and cracker line for a good twenty-five minutes. Bring your own bottle of water.
If you are visiting the Houston/Galveston area in September, 2010, keep an eye on the Kemah Boardwalk website. I suspect this year's wine festival will be the start of something great.
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