2013 TEXAS: OCTOBER 2013
TEXAS FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS & SHOWS
(see also: 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009)
October 2-6, 2013 Texas Rice Festival
An annual event held since 1969, honoring rice farming in the Southeast Texas region around Winnie. Includes a carnival, two parades, livestock show, longhorn show, open horse show, BBQ cook off, nightly street dances, antique car show, rice cooking contest, pageants, and features food made with rice and flavors of the Cajun culture.
October 4-6, 2013 18th Annual Lebanese Food Festival - Lewisville, Texas
Enjoy Authentic Lebanese Food including favorites such as Stuffed Grape Leaves, Kibbi, Tabbouli, Hummus, Kafta, Falafel, Garlic Chicken Sandwiches, Baklava and much more! There is a full entertainment schedule, a Children's Play Area, Silent Auction, Door Prizes and a Raffle with some great prizes!
October 4-6, 2013 Oktoberfest - Fredericksburg, Texas
A Top 10 Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest in the US. German heritage with German food and drink, polka and waltz contests, music on three stages -all weekend, artisans, Kinderpark, souvenirs and more! Fun for the whole family!
October 8-12, 2013 Floresville Peanut Festival - Floresville, Texas
Celebrating the farming and harvesting of the area's peanut crop, annual activities include the Goober Games for children, a pageant, parades, street dances, and entertainment.
October 10, 2013 Tasting The Town - Humble, Texas
Lake Houston Area’s premier annual food and beverage tasting event brings local restaurateurs, chefs, caterers, musicians, wineries, breweries and other vendors together in one fantastic event for the local community from 5-8 pm at the Humble Civic Center! This annual food and beverage tasting event features the area’s most talented chefs, tastiest restaurants, accomplished caterers, and most popular beverage, coffee houses, wineries and breweries around.
October 10-12, 2013 68th Annual Peanut Festival - Grapeland, Texas
The 68th annual festival will be fun for the entire family!
October 10-13, 2013 Cuero Turkeyfest - Cuero, Texas
Food, Beer, Arts & Crafts, Jalapeno Eating Contest, Turk Olympics, Chili Cook-Off, Barbecue Cook-Off, Washer Pitching, and Horseshoe Throwing. Worthington, Minnesota and Cuervo, Texas have been competing for 35 years to claim the title for their city as the "Turkey Capitol of the World" (See also Minnesota, September King Turkey Day)
October 10-13, 2013 27th Gruene Music & Wine Festival - New Braunfels, Texas
A four-day celebration of Texas and Americana music, as well as Texas, German, and New World wines, specialty beer, and handcrafted items.
October 11-13, 2013 ArmeniaFest - Carrollton, Texas
The 18th annual cultural and food festival will include a program of folk dances, delicious offerings of food, music, special exhibits, and more.
October 11-13, 2013 24th Annual Cajun Catfish Festival - Conroe, Texas
The festival annually draws over 30,000 people to hear it's stellar music line-up, browse through the many craft booths and exhibits and eat a variety of Cajun style food.
October 12, 2013 Punkin Days - Floydada, Texas
Celebrating the long history of pumpkin production in the Floydada region with activities such as pie baking, pumpkin carving and coloring, pumpkin decoration, pumpkin pie relays, Cow Patty Bingo, seed spitting contest, Trunk or Treating, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin rolling, pumpkin guessing and pumpkin weighing. Second Saturday in October.
October 12, 2013 Wine & Arts Fair on Monterey Square - Wharton, Texas
Shop, Sip and Stroll. Free wine sampling 4-8pm. Wine sampling at 8 locations. Beer Sampling. Food. Live Music. "Whining" Contest. Carriage Rides. The Carriage used in the filming of "Gone with the Wind" on display. Art Car Show. Featured are the wines of Bernhardt Winery of Plantersville, Texas
October 12, 2013 Texas Mushroom Festival - Madisonville, Texas
Madisonville, the 'Mushroom Capital of Texas'. The festival aims to promote agricultural, culinary, and fine arts in East Texas. Events include mushroom cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, auto show, dance, pageant, photo contest and the Shitake 5K.
October 12-13, 2013 30th Annual Int”l BBQ Cookers Association Cookoff
Grand Prairie, Texas
This is one of the largest BBQ events in Texas and this year’s event is expected to be even larger. Over 100 cookers will prepare over 600 judging samples, in the two days of competition. Thousands of dollars in prize money will attract BBQ cooks from across the state and beyond.
October 16-19, 2013 HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow - Dallas, Texas
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals. Join HFTP in Dallas for unmatched education and networking - continue to build relationships with fellow HFTP members and get up-to-speed on current topics in the hospitality finance and technology industry.
October 18-19, 2013 Chisholm Trail Days - Georgetown, Texas
Watch a chuckwagon cook-off and an authentic longhorn cattle drive. Entertainment for all ages including live cowboy music, food, western art show, western demonstrators, a ranch rodeo, and a kids' chuckwagon cook-off. Supports the Williamson Museum.
October 18-20, 2013 Lone Star Gourd Festival - Fredericksburg, Texas
Nationwide gourd art competition, kids gourd craft area, etc.
October 18-20, 2013 9th Annual Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
Starting in 2005, and each year since, a group of chuckwagon enthusiasts get together on the banks of the Llano River in Llano, Texas and go back in time to an era when the west was settled.These enthusiasts use traditional cooking methods from that era, wear traditional dress and experience traditional neighborly fun as they compete for prizes in a number of categories.
October 19, 2013 Kiepersol Estates Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp - Tyler, Texas
Come and celebrate the grape harvest with food, wine, music, and fun for the whole family. Old world grape stomp,children's activities, unique vendors.
October 19-22, 2013 ADA Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition
American Dietetic Association (ADA). Over 140 educational sessions.
October 20, 2013 Texas State Veggie Fair - Dallas, Texas
Sample delicious vegan food while listening to live music and nationally renowned speakers, playing carnival games, shopping the vendors, and learning Yoga, at the 4th Annual Texas State Veggie Fair, happening once again, at Reverchon Park, 11am-6 pm. Bring the kids, and dogs on leash. Curious carnivores welcome! Check our website for speakers, bands, food trucks, vendors, sponsors, etc.
October 23-26, 2013 MBAA Annual Convention - Austin, Texas
Master Brewers Association of the Americas.
October 24, 2013 24th Annual La Dolce Vita - Austin, Texas
Food & Wine Festival. The Austin Museum of Art. Providing gustatorial treats and tasty libations will be more than 50 of Austin’s top restaurants, plus local and regional wineries. Going strong for nearly a quarter-century, La Dolce Vita remains the premier food and wine event in Austin specifically supporting arts education.
October 25-26, 2013 Wine in the Pines - Mount Vernon, Texas
This event is open to any Texas winery. This will be the fourth year for Wine in the Pines. We typically have 18 wineries attending from as far south as Houston, as far north as Paris, as far east as Naples and as far west as Wichita Falls. Admission is $5 per person and tastings are $1 each. Wine is available by the tasting, the glass, or the bottle. Visit the art, crafts and food vendors. Enjoy the live entertainment. Friday evening is especially fun as we stroll among the lights to sip, savor, shop and walk around the square.
October 25-27, 2013 Czhilispiel 41 - Flatonia, Texas
Pronounced 'ChiliSpill". Czhili and BBQ cookoffs, pie auction, biergarten, jalapeno eating contest, parade, pageant, car and truck shows and three days of live music. Czech us out!
October 26, 2013 National Championship Barbeque Cookoff - Meridian, Texas
The National Championship Barbecue Cookoff celebrates 26 years of Great BBQ & Fun. Over 200 teams will compete for the Grand Champion Title at Meridian’s Beautiful Bosque Bottoms. Purchase People’s Choice Tickets and taste & vote for your favorite BBQ! Bring the family for Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors, an Antique Tractor Show, Carnival, Parade, Gunfighters, Auctions, Music, a Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall Display and more!
October 26, 2013 Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest - Fredericksburg, Texas
The Festival features the best of Texas wines, food, and entertainment. All fest activities are located on Fredericksburg's downtown MarktPlatz (Market Square) and proceeds from the Fest go toward the continued beautification and upkeep of Marktplatz. Twenty-nine Texas wineries will be on hand pouring over 100 types of wine. The Grape Expectations Cooking School showcases Texas chefs. There will be two sessions featuring three chefs each.
October 26, 2013 World Champion Hopkins Co Stew Festival
Sulphur Springs, Texas
The World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest hosts 150 cooking teams stirring up hearty chicken or beef stew in huge cast iron pots over open wood fires at beautiful Buford Park in Sulphur Springs on the 4th Saturday in October. Visitors are encouraged to get to the stew grounds early so that they may enjoy seeing the campsites uniquely decorated with wagon trains, simmering pots and glowing campfires. Just $5 buys a bowl (for all the stew you can eat), along with cheese and crackers.
October 26, 2013 4th North TX Firefighters Benefit Chili Cook-off & Motorcycle Run
A fundraiser to help volunteer fire departments buy what they need to save lives, then return home. All chili cooks, all ages are welcome to compete in the CASI-sanctioned cook-off. 13 awards. For $5 the public can sample the chili's and vote for their favorite. The Red River Motorcycle Run takes riders through tree-lined roads and open grasslands, then it runs parallel to the Red River.
Oct 31-Nov 2, 2013 47th Annual Original Terlingua Int'l Chili Championship Cook-off
Includes Barbecue Cook-off and Margarita Mix-off with live music each night, plus many other activities.