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5th Annual Pearland Wine and Food Festival focuses on Texas-based wineries and locally owned businesses

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 Festival, is pleased to announce that the 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, Dionisio is hosting a unique Kick-Off Party highlighting Texas Gulf Coast shrimp at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26. 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 will soon be available through Eventbrite.

Attendees to the Friday night Kick-Off Party will gain complimentary entrance to the Wine and Food 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 WINERY – 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 Stand Up for Kids, 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. Through a sponsorship, the Festival is supporting 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.

“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 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-5th-annual-pearland-wine-food-festival-by-dionisio-winery-tickets-20701994222. 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 promised. Once again this year, a VIP tent will include exclusivity with a few specially sponsored items and requires an additional fee of $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 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,” said Kim Sinistore, Executive Director of the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-5th-annual-pearland-wine-food-festival-by-dionisio-winery-tickets-20701994222.

Details and additional information can be found on the website at http://dionisiowinery.com.

Pearland’s First Microbrewery Opens March 14

DSC_0409-1024x683Pearland’s first microbrewery, BAKFISH Brewing Company, officially opens its doors to the public on March 14.  Located at 1231 Broadway Street, brewery hours will be Monday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 9 p.m.  The local establishment has been in the making for two years when a casual conversation between co-owners Brian Allen and Kris Szecsy about brewpub law changes emerged as a full-fledged effort to open their new business.

Leaving their full time careers – a chemist in the oil and gas industry for Kris and business development in aviation for Brian, the BAKFISH name derived simply from their initials “B” and “K” with “fish” added as an homage to Kris’ background in marine biology plus the emphasis of being located on the Gulf Coast.

Brian, a native Pearlander, conducted a bit of research only to find the Houston area south of Loop 610 is underserved for brewpubs and soon after their Pearland location was born.

With over 8,000 square feet, BAKFISH Brewing Company will offer 5 core beers including a blonde, wit, brown porter, single IPA and double IPA plus seasonals. A 20-gallon pilot system will allow Head Brewer Kris an opportunity to test new products.

While Kris focuses on perfecting brews and testing new products, Brian manages the front of the house including the 3,200+ square feet of space available for private events, 2,000 square foot tap room plus 1,200+ square feet in the actual brewery. With a seating capacity of 200, the duo plans to offer a variety of events to draw visitors including food trucks, game night, partnerships with biking and fitness enthusiasts and more.  BAKFISH is pet-friendly and kid-friendly.

“Center Court Pizza is the first establishment to carry BAKFISH on draft and additional accounts will be added as we produce more beer. We look forward to opening the doors and sharing our beer with the community,” says Brian Allen co-owner of BAKFISH Brewing Company.


Pear-Scape, a Public Art Sculpture Trail Project Envisioned

Call for Artist and Sponsorship Opportunities Announced

PearScapePears return to Pearland in the form of a public art sculpture trail project.  “Pear-Scape,” upon completion, will feature artistic fiberglass pears sized at 4’ tall painted by local artists positioned throughout the landscape of Pearland.

Pears along the Pear-Scape Art Sculpture Trail will be clustered within City parks and highly visible locations determined by the committee.  Early adopters to the sponsor levels will have an opportunity to choose a location and select an artistic design.

 Envisioned by the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), funding for the initial twenty fiberglass cast pears is secured directly from the City’s Hotel Motel Occupancy Tax.  Collaboration with the local community in the form of sponsorship opportunities will offset the installation, artists’ stipends and related costs for completion.

“Our goal is to promote tourism and cultural arts within Pearland,” says Kim Sinistore, executive director, Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “We’ve created a committee of organizations comprised of public, not for profit and private businesses who support the mission to promote cultural tourism and community pride, ultimately bringing more visitors to Pearland.”

The PCVB teamed up with the Pearland Arts League and Pearland Alliance for Arts & Culture to conduct a Call for Artists to submit Pear designs for this project.

“It has been a pleasure representing Pearland Arts League on the 2016 Pear-Scape project committee. The Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau staff led by Director, Kim Sinistore has always supported the arts in Pearland and soon the public will be able to enjoy the pear sculpture trail because of their efforts. Thanks to the PCVB and to the City of Pearland for showcasing the arts in Pearland,” Margo Green, exhibit chair, Pearland Arts League.

A variety of trees will also be planted by Keep Pearland Beautiful to accompany the Pear sculptures and enhance the overall landscape.  The combination of art and nature enhances Pearland’s beauty.

“We’re very proud to be associated with the Pear-Scape project and see it as a great opportunity to work with the local community to beautify Pearland and elevate nature and art,” according to Andrew Miller, executive director, Keep Pearland Beautiful.

Pear-Scape embodies a new tourism and cultural arts element in Pearland and offers community partners and sponsors an opportunity to participate in a few ways.  For more information, go to visitpearland.com/pearscape or call 713-436-5595.

Pearland celebrates Travel and Tourism Week at Travel Rally Picnic

The Houston Texans Cheerleaders pose with the CVB picture frame.

The Houston Texans Cheerleaders pose with the CVB picture frame.

Pearland community partners, hospitality professionals, and business leaders celebrated National Travel and Tourism week at a Travel Rally Picnic to honor industry professionals on Friday (May 8).

The event, sponsored by The Ivy District, was held at the Pearland Town Center pavilion.

“Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries and this especially holds true in Texas,” said Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (CVB) Executive Director Kim Sinistore.

“Locally in Pearland, during 2013, travelers spent $127 million and generated tax revenues of $3.2 million, which includes sales tax and occupancy tax, and directly supports 1,060 jobs. We’re very proud to be part of this thriving industry and represent Pearland as a destination in Texas,” said Sinistore.

Several of the Houston Texans Cheerleaders were on hand for photos and performed a routine for the crowd.

Gringo’s Mexican Restaurant provided a delicious buffet and Nothing Bundt Cakes provided dessert. Kroger provided a pear-shaped cake. Music was provided by Higher Note DJ Services.

“The Ivy District will be a dynamic mixed-use, walkable center complete with high-end retail and restaurants, state-of-the-art offices, a conference center, modern hotel, upscale residential and 18 acres of dedicated green space.

“Once complete, the Ivy District is projected to generate nearly $3 million in tax revenue for the City of Pearland and create more than 900 jobs,” according to the website.

The CVB offices are located at 11200 Broadway St., Ste. 1390 in the Town Center.

For more information, visit the CVB website at VisitPearland.com.