The annual Kyle Fair and Music Festival unites the community with the smoky flavors of competitive barbecue, the colorful fun of a kid-friendly parade and carnival, and the twangy strains of an eclectic lineup of live music. On Friday evening, Thunderhill Raceway will roar with the sounds of Cheyenne, a country cover band able to replicate Garth Brooks's twang, Kenny Chesney's cowboy-hat silhouette, and Glenn Frey’s egg-laying abilities. Fred Andrews & Honeybrowne then shows off its unique fusion of rock, pop, and country melodies set to narrative lyrics of love won, love lost, and love absentmindedly forgotten on the counter. On Saturday, Grammy-winning Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma delivers songs fresh off its new album, El Existential, and Blue Clear Sky celebrates country monarch George Strait. VIP ticket holders snag the best seating in the venue and enjoy a short stroll back to their vehicle's cushy preferred spot.
Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House stocks fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
More than 30 years ago, Hal and Lisa Berdoll planted an orchard of 5,000 pecan trees. They tended to their crop diligently, and today more than 15,000 trees sprawl across 340 acres, their branches heavy with the weight of their bounty. At harvest time, the family shells the nuts, sells them whole, or creates whimsical treats from them to sell at the family store. There, second-generation Berdolls bake pies, make fudge, churn nut butter, and craft a variety of confections. Among their most popular items are pecan pies sold in a Texas-themed box, pecan clusters, and pecan-flavored pecans.
The interior of the Royal Blue Grocery gleams with a contemporary white and blue color scheme, overlaid with the rainbow of produce and premade menu items for sale. Chalkboards over the wide checkout counter spell out the day’s specials at this independent grocery store located on Nueces near Austin’s Warehouse District, though three other storefronts exist throughout the city. An extensive selection of wine and beer bottles line the back wall, perfect for a quick take-home option, along with a deli counter, prepackaged snacks and even fresh flowers. But don't be confused by the word "grocery": Royal Blue is much more, offering craveable hot sandwiches and pizzas from city favorite East Side Pies. There are even a few stools and a table or two to relax in if you’d like to eat your lunchtime meal on the spot.
Johnson's Backyard Garden puts customers in a direct partnership with East Austin farmers by sharing in their harvest of more than 60 types of homegrown, certified-organic veggies, fruits, and herbs. Cultivated from the 200 fertile acres of river-bottom soils along the Colorado River, the farm's fresh produce populates local restaurants, farmers' markets, and the doorsteps of its members who can pre-order crates of seasonal edibles. Members also get access to the Veg Guide and its storage and cooking tips for each included item, like a care manual that children never come with.