April in Paris Wine & Art Fest
The April in Paris Wine & Art Festival kicks off with a buzz! The Plaza was full of art appreciators as well as people with eager pallets. Various styles of music washed over all four corners of the busy square as everyone visited participating businesses to shop, get a taste of delectable treats from local culinary geniuses, and sip a wide variety of luscious bouquets from area wineries & vineyards.
Registration took place at the YWCA where they picked up a wine glass, and tote. Participants then set out to 9 different locations.
SoHo Shoes & Accessories was the first stop hosting Three Borthers Catering along with Homestead Winery. The shop was gorgeous, full of life, and saturated with the unique sounds of local band Pearl Street Riot. The next stop was Green Boutique. We always enjoy stopping by this amazing eco-friendly place. They joined up with Sweet D’s Chocolatier and Landon Winery. Sweet D’s treated us to a truffle called “Cinnamon Chile” that was out of this world. The third location was Lillian Kelley/Two Rivers Antiques. Time Flies catered while Crump Valley Vineyards served up their private selection. Paris Bridal & Formal Outlet along with Pink Twig wedding & event planning was the fourth stop inviting the crowd in for photographs, refreshments from Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, and flavorful food from Old Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast. We then rounded the corner of the Plaza to our fifth location at Monique’s Antiques. The comfortable little rustic shop hosted Paris Bakery and Grayson Hills Winery. We then stopped in at the Plaza Art Gallery to celebrate art with other appreciators, as well as enjoy a multitude of cheeses, wine, and snacks. The most inviting part of the gallery was the beautiful melody coming from the Red River Valley Dulcimer club that was performing. Walking out of the Art Gallery we were captivated by the sounds of Blue Suitcase coming from Culbertson Fountain. Romantically decorated tables were placed for attendants to relax and take in the art filling our historical downtown Plaza. On display were 4 groupings of 25 bottles donated by local businesses and individuals for a silent auction. A live auction was held later in the evening including a bottle of Vintage Chateau Lafite Rothschild valued at 1,500 donated by Peoples Bank. All of the proceeds raised from the auctions and ticket sales went to support Paris Main Street Facade & Downtown Improvement Grants. After listening to Blue Suitcase for a while, we then journeyed to Collegiate Shoppe. The delightful building was full of people eager to sample treats from Catering 4 You, and Red Road Winery. As we made our way to the next stop we snapped some photos of some of the happy participants passing by. We then squeezed our way into Vital Beet where Bois D Arc set up to serve one of the most amazing culinary surprises of the event. We don’t know where he gets it, but Matt Coyle can make your mouth sob with his wrapped fig recipe. Vital Beet was packed elbow to elbow. Paris Vineyards was in the prime location to show off just how delicious there fruit of the vine is. We then turned onto South Main Street to Paris Baby where GirlsandCake displayed treats that would satisfy any sweet-tooth. Joining the lady’s was Arche Vineyards. Hailing from Montague County, Texas, this was the friendliest of all of the wineries participating in the festival. Our journey was coming to an end as we approached Itsy Bitsy Spider who hosted friends of InParisTexas.com, Cozy Cappuccino along with Kiepersol Estates as the wine guest.
We had a great time covering this event. We are proud that we live in a city that supports art and culture while beautifying our historical architectural art in downtown Paris, Texas
“Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life” –Jean Paul Richter
For more information about April in Paris go to http://pariswineandartfest.com/
Photos by Robbie Gunn