2014 OKLAHOMA 2014
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS & LOCAL FOOD EVENTS
(See also: 2015 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009)
March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2014
Land & Water Issues of the West
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces a symposium focusing on rural issues to be held in March. The program titled ‘Surviving the Elements: Land & Water Issues of the West’ aims to increase awareness of drought and rural issues in the American West, by focusing on stewardship and conservation of land and water. The Museum aims to make an impact and be a change agent for rural issues by creating a conversation between farmers, ranchers and their industry partners to help create solutions. At the center of this conversation will be the symposium held each Friday in March 2014 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and features world-renowned experts on several topics.
April 3-5, 2014 Oklahoma City Farm Show - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Launched in 2005 as the Southern Plains Farm Show, the show will now be billed the Oklahoma City Farm Show. The name change is designed to clearly communicate the show’s location, and also signifies the plans for a long term partnership with the community and State Fair Park, a world-class event site. The show continues as the premier spring agricultural and ranching event for the southern plains area, with over 300 exhibitors featuring over 1000 product lines for three big days.
April 12-19, 2014 45th Annual World Championship Cow Chip Throw
An event of the Cimarron Territory Celebration. Also Chili Cook-off, Horse Shoe Throwing Contest, Parades, Arts & Crafts, etc.
April 26, 2014 An Evening at the Gallery - Rotary Wine & Arts Festival
Taste wine from several Oklahoma wineries, sample gourmet food, view exceptional art work from local artists, all while enjoying the entertainment provided by local musical and theatrical performances.
May 3, 2014 26th Annual El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day
El Reno, Oklahoma
The Burger Day Festival is a tribute to the fried onion hamburger, cooked daily in El Reno since the early 1900’s. Ross Davis, who owned and operated the Hamburger Inn on Route 66 in Downtown El Reno, began making fried onion hamburgers in the twenties during the Depression, when onions were cheap and meat was expensive. Today's festival includes a giant 10-foot fried onion burger, music, a car show, and more! Attendance: 25,000.
May 9-11, 2014 Rooster Days - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
83rd annual Rooster Days Festival, Oklahoma’s longest continuous running festival, in Broken Arrow. Experience all the traditional festival fanfare you’ve come to expect from this longstanding tradition and so much more. Check back soon for live entertainment lineups, Miss Chick pageant details, vendor information, and news and announcements about Oklahoma’s oldest festival.
May 10, 2014 Stilwell Strawberry Festival - Stilwell, Oklahoma
The 67th annual festival will feature the Strawberry Queen contest, recipe contest, berry auction, concert, 5k run, parade, and fresh Adair County strawberries.
June 7, 2014 Ponca City Herb Festival - Ponca City, Oklahoma
The Ponca City Herb Festival is held the first Saturday of June each year. Centrally located in Ponca City, the festival is set in the Lester and Mary Cann Memorial Gardens. More than 100 vendors from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas bring their plants, primitive birdhouses, yard and garden ornaments, quilts, herbal vinegars and oils, handmade baskets, candles, soaps, furniture, stoneware and much more. Seminars for those wanting to know more about herbs, horticulture and outdoor design. Expect sessions on growing and using herbs, garden recipes, wildflowers, herbal teas and bath products, roses and landscaping.
June 7, 2014 35th Annual World's Largest Calf Fry & Cook-Off
Calf fries, a.k.a. Rocky Mountain oysters, are actually fried calves' testicles. Some 2,000 pounds of them are dished out at this festival each year. Other foods that are served and judged are beans, cobblers, salsa and bread.
June 13, 2014 Wine, Eats and Easels - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Wine, Eats and Easels is a wine tasting benefit held for Broken Arrow Neighbors a United Way Agency. Over 30 artists from the Broken Arrow Arts and Humanities Council will display their art. There will be 20+ wine vendors and 20+ restaurants providing samples as well.
June 14, 2014 15th Annual Ice Cream Festival
June 26-28, 2014 Bixby Green Corn Festival - Bixby, Oklahoma
A kick back to the good old fashioned family oriented picnic, the annual festival features great music, arts and crafts, food, and carnival, as well as games and contests for the young and young at heart. A talent show to highlight area youth is held on Friday at the Community Center and the annual Green Corn Parade entertains the masses on Saturday morning.
June 27-28, 2014 5th Annual Hog Wild BBQ & Chrome Fest
The Oklahoma State KCBS Championship event will include People's Choice BBQ tasting, music, car & bike show, kid activities, vendors galore, fireworks, and more!
July 4-5, 2014 Mc Loud Blackberry Festival - McLoud, Oklahoma
The McLoud Blackberry Festival began in the 1940's as a celebration of the end of harvest season for the local cash farm crop, blackberries. Activities include a parade, carnival, pageant, talent show, fireworks, car show, and blackberry baking contest.
July 17-19, 2014 48th Annual Porter Peach Festival - Porter, Oklahoma
Contests for the best peach cobbler, dessert and preserves. Parade, music, street games, pet show, antique tractor pull, and 5K run.
July 19, 2014 Scissortail Wine Festival - Claremore, Oklahoma
This year the Claremore Expo Center hopes to hold one of the best wine festivals in the state! We feel our 30,000 square foot premium air conditioned facility is the perfect place to boast the ever growing Oklahoma wine industry. To complement our wineries we will also be offering food and coffee vendors. The RSU art department will be on display along with The Three Rivers Artists.
July 19, 2014 Stratford Peach Festival - Stratford, Oklahoma
A celebration synonymous with summer, the Peach Festival is family entertainment at its finest. Held in the self-professed "Peach Capital of Oklahoma," the Festival will feature a variety of activities including live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, street games, helicopter rides, car show and more. Pick up a bushel of fresh peaches from one of seven area orchards participating in the event, or simply enjoy a delicious serving of homemade peach ice cream.
July 24-26, 2014 Whole Hawg Days & Poker Run - Eufaula, Oklahoma
A celebration of summer that includes a parade, car show, barbecue cook-off and much more. The Whole Hawg Days carnival in Posey Park will open Thursday evening, followed by traditional rodeo events, steer riding and mutton bustin' in the Eufaula Round-Up Club Rodeo, held each night of the event. Show up Friday for arts and craft vendors, inflatable rides, a parade downtown at 6pm and more. Saturday's activities will include the annual Car Show, children's activities, a "Hawg" Cook-Off Contest and a free sandwich giveaway at 5pm. This annual event, held for over 20 years in Eufaula, is brought to a close on Saturday with the Whole Hawg Poker Run, held by boat and motorcycle around Lake Eufaula.
July 25-26, 2014 13th Annual Valliant Watermelon Festival
Friday evening parade at 6pm, gospel music concert at 7pm, during which the Big Melon Weigh Off will take place. Saturday morning good, old-fashioned family fun, games and live entertainment. Come to this festival and enjoy watermelon salsa and watermelon slushies. There will also be free watermelon slices while supplies last. Watermelon Festival contests include a watermelon eating contest, seed spitting, a horseshoe tournament, weenie dog races and turtle races. Classic Car Show, Photography and Quilt Show. Food and craft vendors will offer something for everyone. A concert in the park at 8pm closes the Festival.
August 8-9, 2014 Grab, Root, & Growl BBQ Competition
A people's choice barbecue cook-off where those in attendance are invited to taste and judge the chicken, pork and brisket smoked for hours by expert pit masters. This two-day event begins with a homemade ice cream competition on Friday with meats being prepared and served on Saturday. Bring the family and your appetite to this fun and filling event. This event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. This sanctioned event has been organized to support vital Northwest Oklahoma Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) programming, serving abused and neglected children in Northwest Oklahoma.
August 9, 2014 Rush Springs Watermelon Festival
Rush Springs, Oklahoma
The festival has proven popular since its beginning and the crowds have increased in number to over 20,000 visitors each year. Over 50,000 pounds of watermelons are purchased from area melon growers and served to festival visitors during the day.
August 22-23, 2014 Oklahoma Championship Steak Cook-off
More than 60 teams of grillers from around the region compete to cook the best steak in Oklahoma. After the competition teams cook steak for the Largest Steak Dinner in the Sooner State. Over 2,500 persons enjoyed the meal in 2010. Also a huge car an motorcycle show live music and family fun. All proceeds benifit are charities that assist the needy.
August 23, 2014 Skyline Food Truck Festival - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Over 30 food trucks in one place, serving up everything from seafood, tacos and chicken wings to pizza, burgers and barbecue. There will also be an assortment of sweet treats available including shaved ice, ice cream and more. Local bands and musicians take the stage and provide entertainment all day long.
August 25-30, 2014 Watermelon Festival & Community Fair
The fair kicks off the Monday prior to Labor Day and concludes with a parade and activities on Saturday. Head to Ringwood to enjoy a bingo and volleyball tournament, baby and tiny tot show, pageants and the crowning of Miss Cinderella, Miss Watermelon and Miss Ringwood. There will also be a livestock show, homemade ice cream contest, watermelon in the park, children and turtle races and more.
August 27-30, 2014 Payne County Free Fair - Stillwater, Oklahoma
Traditionally the county fair is the largest agricultural activity of the year. It brings together citizens of all communities in the county and allows the opportunity for renewal of old friendships and the opportunity for meeting new friends. It has been the goal of the Payne County Fairboard to offer a premium for all kinds of livestock, handiwork and farm products that will be exhibited from Payne County that are found worthy. The Payne County Fairboard will spare no pains to make everything pleasant and as comfortable for the public as possible to do, as well as to make it profitable. Remember, this is a free fair. No gate admission will be charged. It is your fair. With the right kind of cooperation, Payne County Fair will be second to none in the State.
September 4-6, 2014 Bluegrass & Chili Festival - Claremore, Oklahoma
This 35th annual event features the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off, a car show, Kiddie Korral, and three stages of entertainment. National, regional, and local artists will be performing bluegrass, country, and gospel music.
September 6-7, 2014 6th Annual Grape Stomp Festival
El Reno, Oklahoma
Chapel Creek Winery. Wine Tasting - Live Music - Cow-bernet Burgers - Sinful Zin Peaches.
September 6-14, 2014 Tulsa Restaurant Week - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa Restaurant Week, held in various locations throughout the city, is a food lover's paradise as 40+ eateries unify to offer prix-fixe options not on their usual menu. There is a fixed menu costs per person for lunch and per one or two people for dinner. Most meals include appetizer, entree and dessert, so come to Tulsa Restaurant Week with a hearty appetite.
September 11-14, 2014 Rock 'N Rib Festival - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Barbecue teams from across the country will showcase their award-winning recipes. Families are invited to this one-of-a-kind festival that will fill the streets of downtown Tulsa with a scent of savory sauces, sizzling meats and the sound of live music. Admission is free to the public. This year the event features an interactive children's area offering face painting, games and inflatables as well as the Aporkalypse Fun Run & 5K. Dress up in your best zombie costume and lace up your tennis shoes for this combination 5K and food eating competition. During the "Pig Out Challenge" portion of the race, competitors will eat ribs and sides before continuing on.
September 11-21, 2014 Oklahoma State Fair - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Visit the Oklahoma State Fair and don't forget to catch one of the fair's popular livestock or horse shows. Enjoy exciting PRCA rodeo action on Friday and stick around for a live concert following the event. Also, enjoy the hottest musical acts performing rock, country and pop during free concerts, held nightly. The food is famous at the Oklahoma State Fair, so stop by and feast on huge cinnamon rolls dripping with icing, or cool off with an ice-cold jug of sweet root beer. There is something for every appetite at the Oklahoma State Fair including Indian tacos, funnel cakes, gyros, corn dogs, barbecue sandwiches, roasted corn on the cob, turkey legs and slices of piping-hot pizza. Attendance: 1,000,000.
September 13, 2014 Charlie Adams Day - Newkirk, Oklahoma
Charlie Adams Day is held in the heart of downtown Newkirk on the Courthouse Lawn from 9:0 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. All of the entertainment is free. Many of the children's activities are also free of charge. World Class Barbecue Is available with the purchase of a $7.00 tasting kit. The Heartland of the Prairies Dutch Oven Society prepare Cooking Demonstrations throughout the day And Free Dutch Oven Desserts. There are also hot dogs and hamburgers available if barbecue is not your thing. We look forward to seeing you here. Turtle races are on the schedule
September 13, 2014 21st Annual Hook-N-Cook Off
Monkey Island, Oklahoma
This event has been one of the largest catfish Cookoff events in the region and not only will there be a great catfish Cookoff competition, but there will also be a Cookoff for Cole slaw and Hushpuppies. There will also be a Car Show, Arts and Crafts of all kinds and the Musical Entertainment.
September 18-20, 2014 Heart of America Farm Show - Beggs, Oklahoma
There's something for everyone at the Heart of America Farm Show in Beggs. Special seminars from experts, eat some delicious barbecue and other food from local vendors, see professional bull riding, attend livestock exhibitions and participate in the Indian Relay Races each night. Nightly live music and plenty of opportunities for the whole family to get in touch with their inner cowboys and cowgirls.
September 18-20, 2014 Tulsa Greek Festival - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Build your own Greek dinner, enjoy some Greek desserts, buy a Greek cookbook with an area flavor, and imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of Mediterranean life at Greek Holiday. Sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Greek Holiday features a wide variety of activities–dining from a menu full of delicious home-cooked Greek foods, ethnic dancing, shopping for home-made Greek pastries, Greek jewelry and gifts, and imported foods. Our parishioners and their friends have a great time hosting the festival. Greek Holiday organizers expect 4,000 to 5,000 guests to enjoy the new a la carte food line, which replaces the traditional Greek festival dinner.
September 20, 2014 Oklahoma Wine Harvest Festival
Nuyaka Creek Winery. Drink in the beauty of our vineyards and celebrate the wine grape harvest with our family. Join our celebration of fine wines during the Nuyaka Creek Winery September Harvest Festival! More than just a showcase for great wine, the festival offers a fun filled day in the country, live music and the chance to visit with other Oklahoma folks interested in building a great wine industry for our state.
September 20, 2014 28th Annual Cherokee Strip Cook-Off
Ponca City, Oklahoma
A world-class barbecue competition complete with live musical entertainment, clowns, children's activities and much more. Purchase a tasting kit and enjoy mouthwatering cook-off entries submitted by professional barbecue cooks, and don't forget to vote for the People's Choice Award, given to crowd-selected favorites in barbecue and chili. Vendors, cold beer and fun for the entire family. Come out for fun, food and a day filled with entertainment and competition held on the banks of Lake Ponca in Ponca City, this Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned cook-off offers some of the tastiest barbecue around.
September 25 - October 5, 2014 Tulsa State Fair - Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Tulsa State Fair is the City’s largest family event, providing educational experiences and entertainment during an 11-day span. Annually held on the fourth Thursday after Labor Day, this historical event is based upon heritage, family values and quality entertainment for all ages. It was first organized in 1903 as the “Tulsa County Free Fair” and developed into the Tulsa State Fair of today. With the goal of providing and educational and entertaining experience to the community, it has over 100 years of history and continues to stand out as one of the premier fairs in the country. Attendance: 1,000,000.
September 26-27, 2014 29th Annual Threshing Bee - Fairview, Oklahoma
An annual celebration of pioneer farm life with demonstrations using authentic farming equipment. Gas and steam engine show, antique car and truck show, antique farm equipment show, arts and crafts, food booths, musical entertainment, children's events, museum tours and more. Attend the Sunday morning service at the old Pioneer Church.
September 26-27, 2014 Pelican Festival - Grove, Oklahoma
This annual event celebrates the fall migration of the American White Pelicans that return to the waters of northwest Oklahoma's beautiful Grand Lake O' the Cherokees. Activities at this year's Pelican Festival will include a parade, arts and crafts, food vendors and live entertainment throughout the event.
September 27, 2014 SGL Lions 8th Annual Chili Cookoff
Grand Lake, Langley City Park, Oklahoma
South Grand Lake Lions Club will host its 8th Annual Chili Cookoff. In junction with Langley Days, we will have music, food, vendors, and CHILI! All proceeds go to the Meals on Wheels Program and other Community Projects
September 27-28, 2014 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show
The nation's great cake designers show off their skills in Tulsa. Watch as they work meticulously to try to create the ultimate cake that will win the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition, a popular part of the show. These artists will create romantic, elaborate and detailed wedding cakes that are true works of art. The theme for the 2014 show is Fifty Shades of Cake. The ultimate inspiration for consumers to create the cake of their dreams. Experienced celebrity presenters will also be on hand at this renowned event that has been featured on the Food Network. The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show is a cake artists showcase and not to be missed.
October 4, 2014 Cotton Pickin' Chili Cook-Off - Altus, Oklahoma
The Cotton Pickin' Chili Cook-Off in Altus is an agricultural heritage celebration featuring a chili and barbecue cook-off. Browse vendors and enjoy local entertainment while sampling recipes from over 50 entries to decide which is best. With a focus on cotton farming, the event features miniature cotton gin demonstrations, antique tractors and farming displays. Bring the whole family out to the Cotton Pickin' Chili Cook-Off for a day of fun and great food.
October 10-11, 2014 Watonga Cheese Festival & Arts Show
Enjoy two days of fun-filled musical entertainment, cheese tasting, an art show, quilt show, classic car show, children's games and a 5K run. Don't miss the parade on Saturday, along with a cheese food contest and rat race.
October 11, 2014 Cordell Pumpkin Festival - Cordell, Oklahoma
Date is tentative. Enjoy this family fun event featuring a pumpkin pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, vendors, food, live entertainment, parade, classic car show, poker walk, pumpkin carving, children's games and more.
October 12-18, 2014 National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
The Bulk is Green Council (BIG)
October 13-17, 2014 National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association. 'Get in the Game with School Lunch.'
October 16, 2014 Annual Water4 Foundation Pioneering Spirit Gala
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Please join us for an evening of celebrating the innovative spirit that drives Oklahomans and is inspiring Water4 Foundation to make an impact on the global water crisis. There will be a silent auction, a dinner and a program, followed by a night of dancing.
October 18, 2014 McLoud Chili Cook-off - McLoud, Oklahoma
Main street will be busy with the annual Chili Cook-off and car show. Lots of chili to taste, vendors selling an assortment of products and 'vintage' cars to inspect. Applications for Chili Cooks, Salsa entries and Merchandise Vendors are being accepted now.
November 1, 2014 Oklahoma Wine Walk - Norman, Oklahoma
Held at the beautiful Brookhaven Village in Norman, the Oklahoma Wine Walk invites visitors to enjoy a delicious selections from Oklahoma wineries. Listen to live music while browsing outdoor booths featuring made in Oklahoma products and genuine wine collectibles.
November 27, 2014 THANKSGIVING DAY
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.
December 6, 2014 Minco Honey Festival - Minco, Oklahoma
Pure, sweet Oklahoma honey from the largest honey producing facility in the state. Tours of the Ross Honey Plant will be given throughout the day, and an impressive array of honey products and gifts will be available for purchase. This year's festival will also feature the popular and much-anticipated honey bake-off. Free samples will be available to the public. Known by locals as the land of milk and honey, Minco dairy producers will also have free samples of cheese and milk products. Come to the Minco Honey Festival and you are guaranteed to notice the aroma of food throughout the town supplied from local restaurants and food vendors. The Minco Honey Festival will also include over 100 crafters, a quilt show, a kids' tractor pull and booths filled with Made in Oklahoma products.
December 10, 2014 Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.