Rohan Meadery to partake in the inaugural Texas Mead Fest. The fact that there's such a thing as Texas Mead Fest, sponsored by the recently-formed Texas Mead Association, is a pretty nifty thing in and of itself. I started homebrewing my own mead quite a few years ago, and since then I've had several good batches of flavored mead--prickly pear, blueberry, plum and spiced--along with a few that were wretched (the muscadine experiment did not turn out well at all). The fact that honey wine (I've found many people think you're saying "meat" when first discussing mead) has reached the point of popularity where it can support boutique meaderies and an actual festival in Texas impresses the heck out of me. The mead makers behind the TMA and the festival are the afore-mentioned Rohan Meadery outside of La Grange, Dancing Bee Winery in Rogers and Enchanted Manor Winery in Magnolia--just down the road from the Texas Renaissance Festival. Apparently, there was a fourth meadery that was supposed to take part, but they backed out at the last minute. Texas Pizza Wagon, that made excellent brick oven gourmet pizzas. There was also a free bouncy castle for kids. My only suggestion for next year would be to perhaps move the vendors back into the open oak woods surrounding the winery, because even though they were covered, the open field was still hot and the shade of the trees would be quite comfortable. And at least one additional food vendor would be nice, because as good as Texas Pizza Wagon is, they still only offer pizza.
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