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2023 TEXAS - MAY 2023

(see also: 2021  -  2020  -  2019  -  2018  -  2017  -  2016)


May 1-2, 2023
TIA Convention & Trade Exposition
Round Rock, Texas
Tortilla Industry Association Annual Convention & Trade Expo.

May 4, 2023
San Antonio Flavor
San Antonio, Texas
Tastier than ever, San Antonio Flavor returns to the San Antonio Museum of Art.  Sample bites from 30+ local restaurants in various cuisines, enjoy craft beer and wine, signature cocktails and a live Culinary Showdown, starring four top San Antonio chefs and celebs. Live music, beats by SoundCream, Contemporary Art Month art installations, and more.

May 5, 2023 - School Lunch Hero Day - Nationwide
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.

May 5, 2023  Castroville Chamber Beer & Wine Fest - Castroville, Texas
Each year the Castroville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a Wine & Beer Fest.  We have alot of great food, wines, beer and auction items...It's a don't miss event!

May 6, 2023 - Texarkana Twice as Fine Wine Festival
Texarkana, Texas
Spring Lake Park.  A celebration of Art, Food, Music and Wine.

May 6, 2023  Annual Wein & Saengerfest - New Braunfels, Texas
Annual Wein & Saengerfest Held in charming downtown New Braunfels.  Come experience the unique heritage and hospitality of New Braunfels.  We invite you to join us at this one day festival included these special attractions:   Wine Sampling Texas, German, California, Argentinian and Chilean Special Kid Zone, Wine Market /Demonstrations and education, Bier Garten, Live music, Chef Showdown, Downtown and Artisan Shopping.

May 7, 2023  Heritage Fire - Austin, Texas
Heritage Fire is a three-hour live-fire event focused on education and delivering moments of culinary awakening. Taking place in 14 cities, the walk-around reception features an all-inclusive bacchanal feast paired with thoughtful bites prepared by some of the most critically acclaimed kitchens in each market, with products from locally sourced farms and sponsors. The festivities includes fun and interactive activations, as well as the crowning of your city’s Heritage Hero.

May 12-14, 2023  Annual Texas Crab Festival - Crystal Beach, Texas
The annual Texas Crab Festival features a crab gumbo cook off and booth after booth of crab and seafood selections; bbq crab, gumbo, crab poppers, soft shell crab and more, along with carnival rides, coastal art, and live music all weekend long. Festival Park, 1605 Hwy 87, Crystal Beach.  Attendance: 8,000.

May 14, 2023 - MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 18-21, 2023  50thl Pasadena Strawberry Festival - Pasadena, Texas
Strawberries, famous for their size and sweetness, were the first big business in Pasadena, Texas. These strawberries not only brought premium prices, but also earned Pasadena the coveted title "Strawberry Capital of the South." Fundraising event for local groups, scholarships, libraries, preservation, etc.  Attendance: 61,000.


May 19, 2023  Fort Worth Zoo Annual Beastro - Fort Worth, Texas
Beastro is Fort Worth Zoo’s annual music and tasting event that supports its local and international wildlife conservation and education efforts. Beastro features the finest area restaurants stationed throughout the Zoo, serving sample appetizers, entrees and desserts. In addition to the delectable cuisine, the event features live music entertainment and open bars throughout the park. Several animal habitats remain open until sunset.

May 19-20, 2023  Funtier Days & World Championship Bison CookOff
Santa Anna, Texas
After a three year Covid hiatus, Funtier Days and the World Championship Bison Cookoff are back.  Sample the meat of the Old West at this cook-off sanctioned by the Texas Bison Association and the Lone Star Barbecue Society, plus arts & crafts, homemade pies and ice creams, volleyball, horseshoes and more.

May 20, 2023  Annual Basil Fest - San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Harb Market Association.  At the Pearl Brewery.  The Basil Fest is a family friendly celebration of Basil, the Herb of Summer, with a focus on the many varieties of Basil with seminars, cooking demonstrations, activities for children, vendors and artisans offering herbs, herbal products and crafts for purchase and more.

May 20, 2023  Annual Texas Steak Cookoff and Wine Festival
Hico, Texas
From the Food Network to Texas Monthly to Rachel Ray Magazine, people are talking about the Texas Steak Cookoff. As the largest steak cookoff in the Southwest, it draws people from all over the US into the little town of Hico, Texas. If you are looking for a weekend getaway in May, the cookoff is tough to beat.

May 23, 2023  Annual Houston Press Menu of Menus Food + Spirits Festival - Houston, Texas
Food sampling from Houston's best area restaurants alongside wine, beer and spirit sampling.

May 24-26, 2023  ZestFest - Dallas, Texas
Will Rogers Memorial Center.  This event is one of the largest in the country dedicated to showcasing the best and spiciest food products on the market.  Produced by Spicy Food Productions. Throughout the three-day event, visitors can enjoy an abundance of zesty products for sale and sampling, interactive contests, and hundreds of bold food samples. ZestFest will again host The Fiery Food Challenge, now in its 28th year, awarding the most flavorful products in the category. Plus, the highlight of the event is the ZestFest Celebrity Chef Stage, where visitors can watch cooking demos by some of the region's most renowned chefs and ask questions and get tips about their favorite dishes.

May 26-28, 2023  Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
Fredericksburg, Texas
We'll be serving up red beans & rice, boudin, gumbo, and - of course - crawfish. Other cajun delicacies are also available for everyone to enjoy, and for those who don't like crawfish (don't like crawfish?!!), there will be hamburgers, corndogs, and plenty of German sausage - what Fredericksburg is known for.  Food and fun for all ages are available. The festival will offer a children's area for kids of all ages, and arts & crafts will be there for your shopping pleasure.

May 27, 2023  26th Annual Rockport Wine Festival - Rockport, Texas
Presented by the Texas Maritime Museum.   We will have over 100 varietals of wine, craft beer, local cuisine, shopping vendors and live music.

2021 TEXAS - MAY 2021
events waiting for new dates

May 15, 2021  Annual Texas Citrus Fiesta - Mission, Texas
Annual festival held since 1932, celebrating the citrus harvest in the lush Rio Grande Valley, with a pageant, parade, exhibits, carnival, and a costume show featuring beautiful costumes made of dried fruits and vegetables grown in the Valley.

2020 TEXAS - MAY 2020
events waiting for new dates

May 20, 2020  Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation
Houston, Texas
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation is the nation's premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

2019 TEXAS - MAY 2019
events waiting for new dates

May 17-18, 2019 - 36th Annual Electra Goat BBQ - Electra, Texas
At the Electra Fairgrounds.  The event is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbeque Society and kicks off with a Friday night jackpot steak cookoff.  Cooking categories on Saturday include jackpot beans, chicken, ribs, brisket, and of course, GOAT!  All of these events require judges, so if you would like to volunteer to judge one of the categories, please call the Chamber office at 940-495-3577.  Prize money is awarded to the top 5 cooks in each of the meat categories, with points awarded through 10 places for advancement to the Championship Cookoff in Meridian, Texas.  The craft show will feature food vendors, artists, and other craftsmen, as well as games for all ages.  We hope to see you there!

2018 TEXAS - MAY 2018
events waiting for new dates

May 5, 2018 - Waco Steak Cookoff & Wine Festival - Waco, Texas

May 12, 2018 - Constable Diaz' Annual Crawfish Boil - Houston, Texas
Fresh hot, juicy crawfish will be boiled by the ton and spiced just right by expert the expert Cajun cookers at Blue Bayou Cafe, for only #3.99 lb.  The air will ring with the infectious sounds of Zydeco music, the official music of outdoor fun in the bayou country.


2017 TEXAS - MAY 2017

events still waiting for new dates

May 20, 2017  Houston Press BrewFest - Houston, Texas
BrewFest is an indoor/outdoor beer-sampling event and festival that will feature craft beers, local food trucks and live music! Eight (3oz) beer samples are included in the ticket price. All Guests must be 21+, with a Valid I.D.  Doors open at 2:00 for VIP and 3:00 for General Admission.  VIP Ticket Includes: Early Admission at 2PM for sampling the beer before the general public.  In and out access to VIP Area that is serving up specialty/seasonal beers and complimentary apps.  All Tickets Include: 8 – 3 oz. Beer Samplings, with additional sampling cards available for purchase at the event.


2016 TEXAS - MAY 2016

events still waiting for new dates

May 20-21, 2016  Gospel & Soul Food Festival - San Antonio, Texas
Music & Fun for the Family & Food (Gospel & Greens) for the Soul! Finger lickin' good!



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