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2020 TEXAS - MAY 2020

(see also: 2019  -  2018  -  2017  -  2016  -  2015)


May 1, 2020
Annual Wine & Beer 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 1, 2020
School Lunch Hero Day - Nationwide
A chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.

May 2, 2020 - Texarkana Twice as Fine Wine Festival
Texarkana, Texas
Spring Lake Park.  A celebration of Art, Food, Music and Wine.

May 2, 2020  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 8-10, 2020 - 35th Annual Texas Crab Festival
Crystal Beach, Texas
The 35th 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.

May 10, 2020 - MOTHERS' DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 15, 2020  Fort Worth Zoo Annual Beastro - Fort Worth, Texas
From 8:00 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 $110 (Zoo members save $10) and include all food, drinks and entertainment. Party Animal tickets are $160 (Zoo members save $10)


May 15-16, 2020  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 and ice creams, volleyball, horseshoes and more

May 15-17, 2020  46th 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 16, 2020  17th 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 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.

May 22-24, 2020  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 23, 2020  24th 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.

May 29-31, 2020 - 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.

2019 TEXAS - MAY 2019
events waiting for new dates

May 10-11, 2019 - Piney Woods Wine Trail Festival - Lindale, Texas
The event features wine tastings by the 19 wineries that make up the Piney Woods Wine Trail, many of them national award winners. Come uncork the fun with us for musical entertainment, arts and crafts geared for the wine enthusiast, great food, and of course wine!

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!


May 18, 2019
Annual Basil Fest 2019
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, a Chef’s Challenge, activities for children, vendors and artisans offering herbs, herbal products and crafts for purchase and more.  The featured attraction – the “Chef’s Challenge” – is a challenge between local chefs to create a basil based recipe.  Guests sample the results and may vote for their favorite by donation.  All monies raised during the Chef’s Challenge will be given to a non-profit group.

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!


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.



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