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Dionisio Wine Festival 2016The 5th Annual Wine and Food Festival will be held in Pearland on August 27, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Pearland Town Center Pavilion, located at 11200 Broadway, Pearland, TX 77584.

Dionisio Winery, the hosting winery for this year’s Wine and Food Festival, is pleased to announce this year’s festival will feature multiple local Texas wineries, local food vendors and 30+ additional local craft and specialty item vendors for shopping!

Enjoy live entertainment, featuring Thermal Fusion, and special giveaways while tasting wines and pairing them with many choices of delicious foods, topped with a unique shopping experience. It’s the perfect adult getaway!

This year, we are hosting a unique Kick Off Party highlighting Texas Gulf Coast shrimp at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016. All are invited to attend. The event will be at Pearland’s Dionisio Winery located at 2635 Miller Ranch Rd #103, Pearland, Texas 77584. Tickets are $75 per person and available through Eventbrite. Attendees to the Friday night Kick Off Party will gain complimentary entrance to the festival the following day.

The Kick Off Party menu will include multiple shrimp appetizers and entrees, paired with award winning Texas wines from festival-selected wineries. Guests can enjoy cooking demonstrations and a Q&A session with winery owners. Wineries in attendance are as follows: Dionisio Winery (Host – Pearland, TX), Maydelle Country Wines (Rusk, TX), Texas South Wind Vineyard and Winery (Refugio, TX), Big Rock Winery (Lakeside Village, TX), Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards (Pittsburg, TX), Knox Circle Winery (Huntsville, TX), Red Road Winery (Texarkana, TX), Pleasant Hill Winery (Brenham, TX), HAAK Vineyards & Winery (Santa Fe, TX), Red 55 Winery (Lindale, TX)

“Although we want people to take pleasure in this rewarding experience of wine tasting, we do want the Festival to be an opportunity to give back as well,” said Clarice Nelson-Aranda, Chairman of the Wine and Food Festival.

This year, a portion of the festival proceeds will benefit, through a sponsorship, an upcoming expo assisting the development of innovative programs that provide homeless youth the assistance, training and resources to make a successful re-integration into society. Stand Up for Kids is a 501 c3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to, “End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness.” Stand Up for Kids is run almost entirely by volunteers, and has established 18 outreach programs all over the United States.

“We estimated last year’s festival attendance at 1,500 plus people and hope to greatly exceed that number this year so that our commitment to the youth of America, which will help run our country some day, will be benefited,” Aranda said.

Online ticket purchases for the festival are encouraged via Eventbrite. Online sales start at $30 for a full package that includes festival entrance, 10 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. Day of admission tickets will start at $40. “All can rest assured, The entrance line will run smoothly this year!” Aranda promises. Once again this year, a VIP tent will include exclusivity with a few of our sponsored items and requires an additional fee, $25 per person.

The Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau invites visitors to experience Pearland for the weekend by taking advantage of special hotel packages and rates available on www.visitpearland.com. “We are proud to sponsor the 5th Annual Food and Wine Festival in Pearland pairing wine with everything Pearland has to offer visitors,” says Kim Sinistore, executive director of the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.