Published July 31, 2014
By David Tuma, The Belton Journal
Belton’s first ever Belton Sip and Stroll is August 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. This is the first wine tasting event in Belton, and it involved a number of merchants who made the event a reality. They weren’t sure how it would go the first year, but the 300 tickets sold out in three weeks, and eleven wineries have signed up to participate.
“We were shocked at how fast the tickets sold out,” Leila Valchar said. “This event is like some of the others we have created. It brings more awareness to the merchants downtown. We want Belton to become a destination place.”
There are twelve merchants hosting, with one of the wineries set up at two locations. Those that purchased a ticket will receive a specially marked wine glass to taste the different wines. The event is open to everyone, but those without the special wine glass have to pay to taste.
There will be a golf cart available for those who need assistance.
The goal is to sell wine and have local residents visit Belton’s expanding local merchants. People from as far away as Dallas and Houston bought tickets for the event.
“They (The wineries) are bringing a variety of wines to sell,” Diana Myers said. “There will be cases of wine available to purchase. We are still having people calling begging for a ticket. We are only selling 300 because that is what the wineries are anticipating. You can still come and participate; you don’t have to have a ticket. After the event is over we will send a questionnaire to the wineries in order to prepare for next year.”
Event coordinators estimate they could have sold over 500 tickets, which will be taken into account when planning for next year.
“Hopefully we will have 12-15 wineries next year. It depends upon how much wine they sell at this year’s event. If you visit each winery there is a drawing for a gift basket,” said Meyers.
Each person who purchased a ticket will receive a goodie bag with a variety of items, but most importantly the date of next year’s event.
“We have more events planned in the future,” Valchar said. “My daughter works in Killeen and she heard people talking about the Sip & Stroll there. I think these tickets might just be the hottest tickets in town.”
For those who have tickets, check-in is at Real Deals (they open at 10 a.m. for those who want the beat the rush before the event).