- August 3, 2015

Giveaway: <i> Ricki and the Flash </i> Prize Pack

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Celebrating the great state of Texas, in New York City (with Enza of Enzasbargains.com)

On Saturday, I flew from Austin to New York City to eat Texas barbecue and hear live music inspired by Austin!  In town for the Ricki and the Flash press junket, I was treated to an evening of live music and “music to your mouth” at New York City’s Hill Country Barbecue Market.

Hill Country — a rustic joint dedicated to “honoring the Barbecue and Live Music Capital of Texas” — offers a little slice of Texas goodness in The Big Apple. With hardwood floors, an oversized Texas star hanging above the stairwell, longhorn paintings, and SXSW posters adorning the walls, I felt right at home.Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 11.42.37 PM

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 11.43.58 PMScreen Shot 2015-08-02 at 11.42.50 PMScreen Shot 2015-08-02 at 11.44.16 PMThere was even a framed photo of Rick Perry on the wall, above a proclamation declaring Hill Country’s barbecue sauce as the best outside of Texas. So, it must be true. The food was all delicious, I can attest to that.

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Late in the evening, Hill Country transformed into a honky tonk, and a band with a Texas twang took the stage. (The restaurant has no cover, if you ever find yourself in New York City with a craving for a taste of home!)

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Before eating my weight in deviled eggs and brisket, I attended an advance press screening of Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep (Ricki) and Rick Springfield (Gary, the bass player in the band The Flash). The film is packed with ten rock ‘n’ roll songs, which were performed live in the movie, in a hole in the wall similar to the basement bar in Hill Country Barbecue Market. Bloggers from around the country met in New York City to see the movie in the swanky Sony screening room, followed by a Ricki-themed rocking evening at Hill Country Barbecue Market, complete with awesome live music, and later an interview with the cast. It was an amazing experience! Stay tuned for that interview and movie review, later this week.

I bought a few souvenirs on my trip, that I’d like to send to one Free Fun in Austin reader! I’m giving away a t-shirt tour of my weekend in New York City (a $90 value).Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 1.09.27 PM

The prize pack includes:

  • Vintage Austin tee (size adult L) – purchased in the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the first stop on my weekend adventure.
  • Ricki and the Flash tee (size adult M) – compliments of SONY Pictures, given to me in the Sony Screening Room in New York City.
  • Hill Country Barbecue Market tee (size adult L) – purchased at the Hill Country restaurant in New York City.

Enter below for your chance to win. One winner will be selected at random on Monday, August 10, 2015. Prize will be mailed. Your address will not be shared. Sweepstakes Official Rules.  If you cannot see the form below, please visit the original post to enter.