2nd Annual



January 2017 is right around the corner and the historic downtown square of Bay City is a unique site for an unusual fun event that everyone is looking forward to – the 2nd Annual Wild Game and Wine Camofest! Last year’s Wild Game and Wine Camofest was so successful, they not only sold out early but this year they expect record numbers. Camofest will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28th from 1pm-5pm and tickets are on sale now. You can also purchase through the new website which will launch on November 15th.


Bay City Main Street is hosting this event which honors native son, and world renowned painter, Forrest Clemenger Bess, 1911-1977.  If you’ve ever been curious about the history of camo it was this gentleman who created it. While serving during WWII in the Army Corps of Engineers, Bess received a commendation for creating camouflage. What a fitting tribute paid to Mr. Bess for his ingenuity by his hometown!


Dedicated to the preservation of Bay City’s historic downtown district, the City’s Main Street Program is all about preserving and promoting this unique historic treasure. If you’ve yet to visit Bay City, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful historic buildings and homes showcased there. The Wild Game and Wine Camofest is the perfect introduction to the beautiful historic downtown square and also the many historic areas located throughout Bay City, including the natural beauty and bounty of Matagorda County itself.


What is the Annual Wild Game and Wine Camofest all about? It’s a very special celebration which focuses on food, fun and wine! Cooking “guides” will be providing locally caught samples of wild game, fish and fowl, inspired by and served with fine Texas wines. Wine tastings from local wineries will also be offered, along with wine by the glass. For those that love beer, you’ll be happy to know that micro brewers will also be on hand offering some great choices in beer just for you!

Admission is free but you can save by purchasing one of several wine packages which can include (8) samples of Texas wines, a commemorative glass, tote bag and a ticket to the Wild Game and Wine Food Camp. The wine package has to be purchased online before Jan 20th as they will NOT be sold at the festival. You can also purchase wine tasting tickets, and a ticket to the Wild Game and Wine food camp, the day of the festival. Also, wine by the glass, wine by the bottle and beer, along with tickets to the Wild Game and Wine Food camp can be purchased separately.


Since all the wine packages are limited though, best get yours early. They are on sale now through Bay City Main Street or the new website at www.baycitycamofest.com, which will launch on Nov. 15th.


Tickets can also be purchased at various locations at the Camofest. Wristbands will also be provided in the food areas so you can come and go as often as you like. And, for those with a taste for something other than wild game or fish Camofest has you covered. There will also be delightful dishes offered which have been created to pair nicely with all that wonderful Texas wine. Children are also welcome and you won’t need to purchase a ticket for little ones under 3-years of age.


Camofest is pulling out all the stops with a superb musical line-up that will knock you out!


“Slim Bawb and the Fabulous Stumpgrinders”!! These guys are pure Cajun Funk and their music will have your feet tapping along with every note. The best way to describe their inspirational music would be to compare it to a Cajun boiling pot full of blues, jazz & rock…and boy can they play!  Not to mention Camofest also has for your dancing and listening pleasure, the rockin Texas Country band KG Williams! These musicians have that innate ability to connect with anyone and everyone they come into contact with! They write and play music that just somehow makes you feel really good. So, you’d better start picking out your favorite pair of boot-scootin footwear because you’re guaranteed to be dancing for hours!


But what about some shopping? Did we mention the great vendors who will be on hand during Camofest?  There will be plenty of great vendors at the festival offering a wide array of unique items for sale which focus on hunting and fishing! And, this is also a great chance to check out the many cool shops and boutiques located throughout the historic downtown! You’re sure to find that special one-of-a-kind item you just can’t live without! And, no worries as there are plenty of ATM machines close by if you need cash.


Parking is free and you’re welcome to bring lawn chairs (sorry though no coolers) for the music concerts - however, you’ll probably be dancing so much with all the great music you’ll never even use them! There will also be a special seating area for VIPs on the courthouse mezzanine.


So get your camo aired out, mark your 2017 calendar and plan on attending the 2nd Annual Wild Game and Wine Camofest in beautiful historic Bay City.


For sponsorship opportunities or any questions about Camofest, please contact Alicia Waters at (979) 245-8081. A detailed map of the event will also be up on the website by January 2nd!