SANTA FE — Set down that pint of beer and a raise glass of green sangria this St. Patrick’s Day weekend for the biannual Haak Madeira Food Truck Festival.
Haak Winery will be abuzz with festivities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with live music, a silent auction, artisans, a multitude of food trucks, one cigar truck with a mobile humidor and entertainment for the little ones.
“This is our second festival,” said Mary Bass, executive chef for Haak Vineyards and Winery. “The first one was in November and we had over 650 people on property and it was a lot of fun for everyone involved.”
Free samples of Madeira will be given to those of age as well as green sangria made from Haak’s Blanc du Bois wine.
Kathy Wisner, tasting room assistant at Haak, said there will be a total of six food trucks.
“Four of the trucks will be savory foods, while the other two are sweet dessert trucks,” Wisner said.
The list of food trucks include Foreign Policy and its fusion cuisine; Speers Rolling Bistro with its New American cuisine; The Pink Box and its special tacos; Foodgasm with its Southern soul food; Angie’s Cake, which is known for its cake balls; and Mom and Eddie’s, which caters to cupcake and brownie lovers.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Irish folk band The Jig Is Up will perform from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and DJ Mike, who plays a variety of popular music, will follow the band.
Haak encourages its visitors to bring their children to the event.
“We have hired a children’s entertainment company called Party Animals out of Friendswood,” Bass said. “They will be doing everything from a magic show to spin art, sand art, duck pond and fishing for prizes, clowns, balloon animals. We also will have the Chick-fil-A cow present as well as a Santa Fe fire truck.”
Instead of vendors selling items to the guests, the winery expects adults to create their own treasures.
“We have only artisans attending,” said Bass. “The criteria is you have to hand-make your items.”
The silent auction will offer gift baskets, tours and tastings at the Haak Vineyard and Winery for 25 guests and gift certificates to businesses and restaurants.
All of the proceeds made from the silent auction go directly to the Alvin Community College Culinary Arts Department.
“We will rewarding recipients with the Haak Vineyards and Winery Scholarship in April,” said Bass.
Tickets are $10 for adults and children older than 3. Children younger than 3 will be admitted free.
The festival has been successful thus far, and the executive chef is already looking forward to the next festival later in the year.
“We already have our next one scheduled for Nov. 22, 2014, and we look forward to having this event biannually,” Bass said. “It is a St. Patrick’s-themed festival, so we encourage our guests to dress up in green.”
At a glance
WHAT: Madeira Food Truck Festival
WHERE: Haak Vineyard and Winery, 6310 Ave, T, in Santa Fe
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
CONTACT: Haak Vineyard and Winery, 409-925-1401