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April 1-30, 2018 The Thread Alliance's Blue Plate Special
During the month of April 2018, participating Houston restaurants will serve a “blue plate special” to support The Thread Alliance’s fundraiser, the annual citywide child abuse prevention awareness campaign encouraging Houstonians to take action against child abuse and towards healing. The Thread Alliance, a non-profit organization founded by Sheila Aron, is dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Participating restaurants will offer guests a “blue plate special” and will donate a percentage or flat dollar amount to The Thread Alliance.
April 3, 2018 - Epicurean Evening - Houston, Texas
Join us for "A Taste of Space" at Space Center Houston and enjoy samples from more than 40 area restaurants and food establishments and entertained by a variety of musical treats like mariachi bands and vocalists.
April 4-8, 2018 15th Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair - Sugar Land, Texas
The 5-day event begins on Wednesday with "La Dolce Vida", a VIP kick-off with a five-course dinner hosted by world renowned Offical Ambassador of Castello Banfi and Vinqe Regali, Luciano Castello. Bartender Challenge on Thursday, educational seminars, and The Grand Tasting on Friday from 6:00pm-9:30pm at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. The Sip & Stroll, will be held again at the grounds of the historical Imperial Sugar Factory from 1:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday - featuring an outdoor beer garden that will have more than 100 different types of beers from 25 different breweries. Closing out the affair, the Bistro Brunch will serve various types of dishes inspired by international cuisines on Sunday from 11:00am-2:00pm at the Sugar Land Town Square.
April 6-8, 2018
8th Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival - Kemah, Texas
At the festival, we serve up affordable crawfish, with great flavor and freshness. When you come out, you will enjoy live music from great local and national bands! Crawfish will be sold by the pound this year, we will be cooking crawfish out of our BRAND NEW cooking units that will be able to produce 6,000lbs of delicious boiled crawfish per hour! Say bye-bye to long lines, and hello to scrumptious mud-bugs. In addition to crawfish, we will be offering great festival food as well.
April 7-8, 2018 - 30th Annual McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival
The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is the largest children’s festival in the United States! Two days of games, circus acts, rides, food, beverages, and entertainment for all ages centered in downtown Houston. Created 29 years ago by Child Advocates as an avenue to create awareness and funding to help the neglected and abused children of Houston. Over 5.4 million dollars have been raised for the organization through the annual two days of children activities.
April 10, 2018 Annual Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza
Featuring the Iron Fork Chef Competition, the event will showcase the culinary talents of our city with food sampling from over 40 area restaurants alongside wine, beer and spirit sampling.
April 11, 2018 Dining Out in Dallas 'Battle of the Chefs' - Dallas, Texas
Come join the fun as select chefs from the finest Dallas restaurants battle it out to be voted as the crowd favorite. Dining Out In Dallas is the signature fundraising event for the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation, raising over $2.1 million since 1995.
April 13-15, 2018 71st Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival
One of the oldest, most popular events in the state and is recognized as the largest agricultural festival in Texas
April 14-15 & 21-22, 2018 Big Mamou Cajun Festival
Grand Prairie, Texas
A pinch of Zydeco, a bit of swamp pop and a whole lot of Cajun music, and you’ve got the ingredients for…The Big Mamou Cajun Festival at Traders Village in Grand Prairie.
April 17, 2018 - Hops & Hogs 2018 - Houston, Texas
The unique ticketed event is designed to serve the greater Houston Metro area with a fun and a delicious gastronomic culinary experience which also promotes culinary school student scholarships in the alcohol and culinary fields. This fourth annual event brings together a local brewery, restaurants, chefs and culinary schools to sample their delectable offerings, each with a bacon enhanced twist!
April 21, 2018 Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner - Dallas, Texas
16 chefs, a tasting menu and wine pairing from 32 elite wineries. Multicourse fine dining created around a specific wine varietal for each dish. Live auction of one-of-a-kind experiences & a silent auction of more than 2,000 wines. One of the top 7 galas for the American Heart Association.
April 22, 2018 Earth Day - Worldwide
Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
April 25, 2018 Vino Palooza - Dallas, Texas
Wine and Music Festival. Each festival offers complimentary tastings from more than 20 wineries (as well as samples of local craft beers, spirits and small bites), and unplugged performances by major 'Top 40' music artists; benefiting local non-profit organizations.
April 27-29, 2018 Austin Food & Wine Festival - Austin, Texas
Throughout the weekend, you'll experience up-close and personal access to culinary, wine and spirit talent at dozens of cooking demos, wine and cocktail seminars. Between sessions, drop by the Taste or Savor Lounges for complimentary beer, wine and cocktails. Then sip and nibble your way through The Grand Tasting Pavilion showcasing over 80 wine, spirit and artisanal food exhibitors, along with celebrated local and regional restaurants. Plus, pick-up copies of inspiring cookbooks and get them signed by your favorite chefs in the Autograph Tent. Attendance: 9,000.
April 27-29, 2018 Chicken Fried Steak Festival & Balloon Rally
In April 2011, the Texas Legislature declared Lamesa, Texas the "Legendary Home of the Chicken Fried Steak". The City of Lamesa celebrates this declaration each year on the last weekend of April by having a fun-filled weekend and cook-off competition. This year's CFS Festival kicks off on Friday night with a handmade chicken-fried steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a roll. Saturday's Highlight is the Chicken Fried Steak Cookoff Competition. Contestants start at 10:00 and must turn in their entry by noon to the Judges table. Festival attendees also get to pick their favorite Chicken Fried Steak. All winners will announced at 3:00pm. Saturday night the Hot Air Balloons will put on balloon glow and fire concert for spectators in the park. Vendors and contestants can register online
April 28, 2018 Tatum Pecan Pie Festival - Tatum, Texas
Annual Pecan Pie Festival. The whole idea began with the intention to host a mobile cancer screening center in our town. In order to have a venue for the screening center, a handful of dedicated Tatumites organized the festival. We intend to host the cancer screening center each year. We want to be known as the place to come for the best pecan pies in East Texas and where you can get your annual breast cancer screening. Come out and join us for the fun and food.
April 28, 2018 Annual Ranch Day - Lubbock, Texas
Ranch Day is a living history, educational event begun in 1970 at the National Ranching Heritage Center. More than 100 Ranch Hosts and special event participants recreate authentic settings reflective of ranching from the 1780s to the present.
April 7-8, 2017 Alvin Music Festival And Cook-Off - Alvin, Texas
BBQ Cook-Off - Food, Beer & Wine Garden - Vendors - Kids Activities - Raffles
April 8-9, 2017 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest - Austin, Texas
We’re having a party and you’re invited! Gluten Free & More (formerly Living Without) magazine wants you to know that living with a food allergy or sensitivity doesn’t need to be about deprivation and missing out. On the contrary, what you’re living without is all the horrible symptoms and medical problems you had before understanding what allergens you needed to avoid. So, come join us, over a hundred of our favorite exhibitors and thousands of our closest friends as we celebrate LIVING WELL!! At every event, you get to sample tons of gluten-free, allergy-friendly foods, learn from experts in the community and hang out with others who understand our world.
April 21, 2017 Spring Wine Release - Bryan, Texas
Wine Dinner & Silent Auction. Come celebrate and get a first-taste of Messina Hof's newest vintages being released this Spring! Reservations required.
April 21-23, 2017 Texas Rockin' Seafood Festival - Angleton, Texas
At Gulf Greyhound Park. Celebrate the rich bounty of the Texas Gulf, the energy of Gulf Coast culture, and the explosion of epicurean diversity of the Gulf Coast region, with food, fun, and music. (also: texasseafoodfestival.com/ )
April 21-24, 2016 Annual Texas Bar-B-Q Festival and Cook-Off
Features a barbecue cook-off, vendors, carnival, live entertainment and dancing, classic car show, games and more. Last weekend in April each year.
April 23, 2016 22nd Annual Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival
The 23rd Annual Festival wiil be postponed until 2018. This popular Louisiana themed event features the best in Louisiana cuisine. Enjoy an extensive menu of Cajun seafood. The highlight of the show is 7,000 pounds of jumbo crawfish and other bayou favorites. Entertainment, music.
April 24-25, 2015 9th Annual Real. Texas. Festival - Mesquite, Texas
Taste of Mesquite Barbecue Cook-off, Carnival, Rodeo, Entertainment, etc
April 12, 2014 Alvin Kiwanis Crawfest - Alvin, Texas
Great crawfish, excellent gumbo, boiled shrimp, assortment of desserts are available to please the palette. Crafts, Entertainment, etc.
April 24, 2014 Music To Your Mouth Festival - Austin, Texas
Austin is a little bit country and a little bit rock n roll. It’s cowboy boots, high heels, and flip flops. The food scene is a panapoly of food trucks, fine dining, and quirky neighborhood hot spots. We’re hitting the road with Palmetto Bluff ’s Executive Chef Brandon Carter and Executive Pastry Chef Ashley Cope to explore the Austin food scene and bring a little taste of the Lowcountry to Texas. Along the way, we’ll stop in Mississippi, and pick up Chef John Currence. Together the trio will work with Rough Hollow Executive Chef Jeffrey Hundelt. We’ll discover the food of a new place, and mix things up with a five-course meal paired with the wines of Revana. Following dinner, guests will enjoy a private acoustic concert with Kristian Bush, one half of the award-winning, multi-platinum band Sugarland.
April 25-26, 2014 Texas Food Truckin' Fest - Arlington, Texas
Grab your friends and head to Arlington to chow down on the most outrageously delicious foods served from four wheels during the first Texas Food Truckin' Fest at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington! Trucks will be rolling in to dish out unique gourmet foods from all over Texas, and the streets will be lined with food trucks to help you eat your way into food utopia. With live bands, great food and entertainment, it'll be THE food truck experience you won't want to miss!
April 26, 2014 30th Annual Wine and Roses Festival - Bryan, Texas
Celebrates the blooming of the roses and the grapes with wine tasting, food tents, live music, grape stomping competition, and arts & crafts.
April 14, 2013 Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas
For over 30 years, The Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters has been Tarrant County's premiere food and wine tasting event featuring the gourmet cuisine of the county's finest restaurants while benefiting the children of our community. Fort Worth's finest eateries join together for one delicious evening to showcase their gourmet skills and support Big Brothers Big Sisters. Fine food, premium wines, spectacular live entertainment and an incredible auction make this event one of Fort Worth's best.
April 18, 2012 El Coto de Rioja Paella Parade - Houston, Texas
Celebrate the art of making Paella and pair it with Rioja wines. This cook-off competition, in which chefs known for their Spanish cuisine showcase their culinary talents, is sponsored by El Coto de Rioja wines, imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons. This event benefits Action Against Hunger ACF International and a local culinary college.
April 28, 2012 Texas Beer Fest - Humble, Texas
This daylong celebration features beer tasting and pairings with Texas-made food.
April 9, 2011
Prairie Dog Chili Cookoff & World Championship Pickled Quail Egg Eating
Grand Prairie, Texas
Cooking teams compete for $5,000 in cash prizes by displaying their talents with a salute to the official state dish. Free, continuous activities all day long. And don’t miss the granddaddy of them all “The World Championship of Pickled Quail Egg Eating”. Where contestants see how many jalapeno soaked quail eggs they can eat in 60-seconds.
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