Texas Pete Spirits of Summer announced for Winston-Salem
*Editor’s note: The author of this article wanted to clarify that there will not be distilleries, but rather spirits that will be added to the mix.
Winston-Salem is taking its two most popular festivals and combining them to be one larger event called the Texas Pete Spirits of Summer. The new festival will bridge the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership’s Salute NC Wine Celebration and the Texas Pete Culinary Arts Festival.
There will still be wine. There will still be beer.But organizers will be adding local spirits to the mix.What Texas Pete’s festival had, that Salute wine festival didn’t, was a huge musical presence. If anything, the music would’ve been the one thing that most folks said was missing from Salute.
Festival-goers can now expect to have their palates broadened as the culinary aspect will be even bigger, something DWSP President Jason Thiel is excited about.
“We wanted to make some changes and ramp up the culinary aspect of it. It’s time to really show off our local restaurants and chefs and give them an opportunity to shine.”
Here’s how it will work: you’ll pay for admission, receive a wristband and from there you can visit the participants’ tents, sample and buy where applicable (since we can’t buy spirits at festivals). This event, which will take place once again on Fourth Street, will now prominently feature restaurants and provide samples of their cuisine as well as sell plates of food.
“It works just like sampling wine at Salute,” Thiel said. “They’ll provide a sample of their cuisine. If you like it, you can buy a plate.”
The chef demonstrations that were featured at the popular NC Food & Wine University tent will still take place, with some modifications.
Talks started taking place late last year and Thiel said he was ready when Texas Pete showed interest.
“We’ve had 12 years with the Salute brand, but every event needs to evolve. We think we can take the synergy of the two festivals to show the best of what our city and the state wineries have to offer.”
Texas Pete Spirits of Summer will take place on June 2, along Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem. More information will be released soon at www.dwsp.org.