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Let your taste buds run wild, Taste of Hays County

‘Let your taste buds run wild’
The annual Taste of Hays County boasts a fourth year of great food and fun.  This event is a culmination of all of the great “tastes” Hays County has to offer; the divine food, native musical talent, local commerce and silent auction filled with items from local merchants all in benefit of United Way of Hays County, local non-profit that promotes safe, independent and healthy lives for area families.
The 4th Annual Taste of Hays County is set on August 17 at Duchman Family Winery from 6-9:30pm. Guests ‘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, Bar & Courtyard, Rocky River Grille, Root Cellar Café and WANderlust.  Pair tastings with cool drinks and wine aged and bottled in Driftwood at the Duchman Family Winery.
“Each restaurant lends its own flair to the event,” said Diane Dupont, Chair of the 2013 Taste of Hays County. “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 riffs 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.
Taste of Hays County guests are dining for a great cause. 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. “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.” 
Taste of Hays County is made possible in part because of generous community sponsors which include: Duchman Family Winery, Premiere Party Rentals, Texas Ritas, Colormix Graphics and Printing, Bluescope Buildings, Embassy Suites San Marcos, Frost Bank, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, Mona Sanderlin, Ozona National Bank, Wayne and Robin Becak, Bill and Shelley Henry, Helen’s Cookies and Cakes, Priority Personnel, Texas State Optical-San Marcos and San Marcos Academy.
Tickets for the 4th Annual Taste of Hays County are available online at 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 are $30, Couples $50. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and offer businesses a unique chance to spotlight their services. For more information about Taste of Hays County tickets and sponsorships call 512.353.1420.