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2016 TEXAS - MAY 2016

(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2009)

April 29-May 1, 2016  Chicken Fried Steak Festival - Lamesa, Texas

May 6-8, 2016  33rd 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.


May 6-8, 2016
Texas Crab Festival 2016
Crystal Beach, Texas
Honoring the "blue crab", which is usually plentiful here in spring and summer. The 30th-annual event features live entertainment, food and craft booths, a crab legs contest, crab races, Wiener Dog Nationals, carnival and a kids' stage.

May 7, 2016  13th Annual Wein & Saengerfest - New Braunfels, Texas
Annual Wein & Saengerfest Held in charming downtown 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 & Artisan Shopping.

May 8, 2016  MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 9-11, 2016  Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo
Fort Worth, Texas
Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (TPCA).

May 13-15, 2016  Taste Addison - Addison, Texas
A celebration of food, music, and fun, TASTE ADDISON, dishes out the best food and flavor with a healthy side of jam. A three-day menu of fun, Taste Addison delivers the tastiest eateries with the best music at Addison Circle Park. Known for 180+ restaurants in less than 4.4 miles and its nationally recognized special events, Addison serves up a good time no matter the craving.

May 14, 2016  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.

May 19-22, 2016  Culinaria Festival Week - San Antonio, Texas
A tailor made week of Taste! Come celebrate all things food, wine, spirits & beer!  San Antonio's Culinaria Festival Week delights with Dinners, Food Trucks, Grand Tastings, The Best of Mexico and Burgers, BBQ & Beer. Don't miss this Texas made food extravaganza!

May 20, 2016 - Fort Worth Zoo Annual Beastro - Fort Worth, Texas
From 7:30 p.m. to midnight. This year’s event offers a record number of participating restaurants as well as all-new scheduled animal feedings and enrichment activities throughout the park. Proceeds from Beastro support the Zoo’s local and international wildlife conservation and education efforts.  To accommodate for the growing number of restaurants, the Zoo will extend the party down through Asian Falls, where guests can watch the antics of baby elephants Belle and Bowie while dining on sample appetizers, entrees and desserts from the finest area restaurants.


The Zoo will also feature Wild Encounters keeper chats as well as scheduled animal feedings until dusk. The Zoo’s outreach animals will greet partygoers as they enter the event. In addition to the delectable cuisine, Beastro will feature open bars throughout the Zoo and live entertainment.  General admission Beastro tickets are $99 (Zoo members save $10) and include all food, drinks and entertainment. Party Animal tickets are $150 (Zoo members save $10)

May 20-21, 2016  Piney Woods Wine Trail Festival - Lindale, Texas

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!

May 20-22, 2016  43rd Annual 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 21, 2016  13th 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 21-22, 2016  Funtier Days & World Championship Bison CookOff
Santa Anna, Texas
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 & ice creams, volleyball, horseshoes and more.

May 22, 2016  Big Batch Brew Bash - Houston, Texas
Kuykendahl Gran Brewers Homebrew Club. The Big Batch Brew Bash is the KGB's signature homebrew competition.  Begun in 1996, it has grown into the largest single-style homebrew competition in the history of humankind.  Impressive, but don't ask for documentation or a certificate from the world record folks at Guinness.  It is also noted for being sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association and free to enter.

May 28-29, 2016  20th Annual Festival of Wine & Food
Rockport, Texas
Presented by the Texas Maritime Museum. You'll have a great time with wine, beer, food, music, vendors, and of course, the Coast!


2015 TEXAS - MAY 2015

events still waiting for new dates

May 16, 2015  Charcoal Championship - Galveston, Texas
Show those Cats and Daddy-Os at Good Housekeeping what you’re made of and gather a chick, a cool head (no squares please) and register for this Primo old fashioned cookoff!  Teams will compete using their favorite summer/beach themed recipes. The rules are simple, you can cook anything you’d like as long as you can cook it on a charcoal pit. Part of Galveston Island Beach Revue.


2014 TEXAS - MAY 2014

events still waiting for new dates

May 6, 2014  Burgers, BBQ & Beer - San Antonio, Texas
Texans love their burgers, barbecue and beer and in San Antonio, everyone from our local hangouts to the finest of dining establishments offers their best version of the classic backyard fare. This casual family friendly event at Pearl provides guests the chance to sample some of the goodness. Add in craft beer, cocktail or maybe a glass of pinot and you’ve found a perfect Sunday afternoon.

May 10, 2014  North Texas Beer Festival - Plano, Texas
This festival will feature dozens of brewers, merchandise of all kinds, live music, speakers, classes, competitions and more.  Guests can sample 100's of beers from dozens of brewers, attend home brewing demonstrations and cooking classes as well as purchase their favorite brews and food in our outdoor Bier Garten while listening to live music.  We will have auctions and raffles benefiting local charities as well and door prizes for some lucky guests.

May 17-18, 2014  Kemah Ragin Cajun Festival - Kemah, Texas
The First Annual Kemah Ragin Cajun Festival is a highly anticipated event,  located Under the Kemah Bridge, Kemah, Texas.  At the festival, we serve up crawfish, alligator and gumbo with great cajun flavor! When you come out, you will enjoy live music from great local and national bands! In addition to crawfish, gumbo & alligator, we will be offering great festival food and beer as well.


2013 TEXAS - MAY 2013

events still waiting for new dates

May 4, 2013  Austin Bakes for West - Austin, Texas
Hundreds of bakers, bloggers, businesses, and consumers will unite for "Austin Bakes for West," a bake sale fundraising event to help those affected by the recent explosion in West, Texas. Over 80 home cooks and dozens of local businesses will be contributing baked goods at locations throughout Austin, with proceeds going to AmeriCares relief efforts in West.

May 24-26, 2013  CityArts Festival - Dallas, Texas
Includes Culinary Showcase and CityArts Food. At the Culinary Showcase inside the Texas Museum of Automotive History, festival goers ages 21 and up can enjoy Cooking Demos, Samplings, Wine and Spirits Pairings, Mixology Sessions, Craft Beer, Liquor and Wine Tastings, Evolving Cocktails, Scotch Flight Tastings, and more.  Outside the Culinary Showcase, all ages can enjoy bites and beverages from dozens of Food Trucks and Vendors.

May 26, 2013  Austin Wine & Music Festival Sunday Affair - Austin, Texas
Imbibe with six unique wineries gathered in one spot visiting from the top of the Hill Country to the to the most Southern tip. Pouring just for you at the crest of a granite bluff overlooking an 11 acre vineyard. Welcome to sipping wine & breathtaking sunsets at A Sunday Affair.


2012 TEXAS - MAY 2012
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events still waiting for new dates

May 2-6, 2012  28th Annual Dallas Wine & Food Festival - Dallas, Texas
Dallas' most interesting and educational food and wine event.

May 11-12, 2012  Great Texas Sausage Festival - Somerville, Texas
Featuring the best Texas made sausage producers.  Events include Outdoor Volleyball Tournament (cash and recreational brackets), The Great Texas Sausage Dog (dachshunds) Championship Races, Classic Car Show, Arts and Craft Booths, Sausage Eating Championship, and live Texas Country Music. Texas' Unofficial Start Summer Party!!!

May 25-27, 2012  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.


2009 TEXAS - MAY 2009

events still waiting for new dates

May 28, 2009  Tour de Champagne - Houston, Texas
Featuring many prestigious Champagnes along with cuisine from some of each host city’s most talented chefs. Silent auction benefiting a local non-profit organization will also take place.




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