Galveston's Food and Wine Festival by the Sea

As someone who will take practically any excuse to head to the beach, I was very excited to learn that this weekend Galveston will be hosting the 2011 Food and Wine Festival. This is going to be a four-day event extending from today through Sunday.

Everything kicks off with a wine dinner at Rudy and Paco's tonight, followed by the Premium Tasting and Gulf Seafood Showcase on Friday night. Saturday is when I'll be heading down to check out the Grand Tasting in the park from 1 to 6 p.m. They are promising good food to nibble on, a band to liven up the party, and offerings from more than 20 different vineyards, all for $45 a ticket. Definitely not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Then on the 17th, you can kick off Sunday Funday with a champagne brunch. There are several to choose from, but I'm expecting some really good things from the historically elegant Hotel Galvez.

There will also be dinners and smaller events sprinkled throughout the whole weekend, so be sure to check out their website for all the details.

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