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News Release
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wassail Fest brewing up as part of the Nine Flags Christmas Festival


NACOGDOCHES – Downtown merchants will once again be competing for bragging rights for the best holiday brew during Wassail Fest, one of the highlights of the 15th annual Nine Flags Christmas Festival sponsored by the Daily Sentinel.


The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 26, when the wassail will be served at various shops, stores and restaurants within the historic downtown district. A list of participating merchants can be picked up at the Visitor Center, located at 200 E. Main St.


Shoppers and other downtown visitors are invited to warm their bodies and spirits by sampling the various recipes, which will be judged on both taste and presentation. The competition is fierce, but the wassail is a warm and welcome respite for holiday shoppers.


"Wassail Fest is a festive event that the downtown merchants and their customers look forward to each and every year," said Lindsey Mathews, meeting and event coordinator of the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It is a great day to come downtown, do a little Christmas shopping, have lunch, drink some delicious warm wassail and just enjoy the season.”


Wassail is a hot drink that is made with wine, beer or cider, spices, sugar and usually baked apples. It is traditionally served from a large bowl, especially at Christmastime. Wassail Fest participants put their own twists on the recipes, which are heavily guarded secrets among the cooks. The beverages served at Wassail Fest  are alcohol-free.


The Nine Flags Christmas Festival is a celebration of Texas history & culture and will be held Nov. 17 through Dec. 10 in Nacogdoches, located about 150 miles north of Houston via U.S. 59. Nine different flags have flown over the oldest town in Texas throughout its rich history, and this year’s festival will pay special tribute to the American flag and honor our Nation's independence with several special events dedicated to our fight for freedom. The Nine Flags Christmas Festival is presented by metroPCS and platinum sponsors of the festival include Commercial Bank of Texas, Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, Mike Perry Motor Company, and Wal-Mart.


For more information about Wassail Fest or other Nine Flags Christmas Festival events, call the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 888-OLDEST-TOWN, log onto, or be our friend on facebook @ Christmas Celebration.


Photo: Enjoy a hot cup of wassail while you do your Christmas shopping during Wassail Fest on Saturday, November 26 in downtown Nacogdoches.

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