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First annual Texas Hemp Harvest Festival coming to Austin this month

Heads up Austin, festival season isn't over yet and coming up on the calendar is the first annual Texas Hemp Harvest Festival, which was approved today for its mass gathering permit by the Travis County Commissioners Court.

The hemp-celebrating festival will be held at Carson Creek Ranch on Oct. 23. The festival is organized by CBD company Sweet Sensi CEO and founder Greg Autry with the mission of creating "a place for all Texans to come together," according to its website.

A family-friendly festival put on by hemp processors, manufacturers and retailers, Texas Hemp Harvest Fest said it will have live music, food trucks, alcoholic drinks, vendors, games and fun for everyone involved.

Autry, who has been growing hemp for 25 years, has been running Sweet Sensi for five years where all the products are made in the Austin warehouse "from seed to sale." Sweet Sensi also packages every product in compostable, reusable and recyclable packaging.

The festival will be held to the same COVID safety guidelines as Austin City Limits Festival: attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test acquired within the last 72 hours. Attendees will also be subject to a temperature check.

According to the Travis County fire marshal, this is the first mass gathering permit that has been approved since the beginning of the pandemic. Austin's COVID situation is improving—Mayor Steve Adler said "I think we're going to be OK," in response to concerns for ACL—the seven-day moving average in Travis County has moved down to 27 COVID cases per day and went back down to stage 4 guidelines in late September.

Since the permit is conditional, Travis County officials will be on-site to make sure the festival heeds guidelines during setup. The permit was recommended for approval by the Travis County traffic management team, sheriff's office and Austin Public Health.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.