2018 TEXAS : OCTOBER 2018
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS & LOCAL FOOD EVENTS
(see also: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2011)
September 28-October 7, 2018
49th Annual Texas Rice Festival
October 1-3, 2018
The Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference-- or better known as MUFSO is the most comprehensive executive conference in the restaurant industry! Now in its 56th year, in addition to the ever-popular leadership content, featuring thought-provoking and inspirational Keynote Addresses that MUFSO is legendary for, the Conference Pillars represent the industry’s most progressive content with more than 30 educational sessions spread across discipline focused tracks including: Operations, Culinary, Marketing, Restaurateur and Ideas.
October 2, 2018 49th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest
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 4-6, 2018 42nd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival
East Texas Poultry Festival saluting the poultry industry. Arts & crafts, 3 day carnival, live entertainment, food vendors, cheerleading competition, photography show, quilt show, creative arts, poultry judging and auction and more.
October 4-7, 2018 32nd Gruene Music & Wine Festival + Craft Beer Event - 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 5-7, 2018 22nd Annual Lebanese Food Festival
Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church. Authentic Lebanese Food.
October 5-7, 2018 Annual 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 9-13, 2018 74th Annual Floresville Peanut Festival
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 11, 2018
Celebrity Chef Tour
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs
October 11-13, 2018
73rd Annual Peanut Festival
The annual festival will be fun for the entire family!
October 11-14, 2018
Cuero Turkeyfest - Cuero, Texas
Food, Beer, Arts & Crafts, Jalapeno Eating Contest, Great Gobbler Gallop, 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" (Minnesota, September King Turkey Day)
October 12-13, 2018 Boonville Days Chuckwagon Cookoff
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Boonville Days Texas Heritage Festival. This event consists of a living history fair, a race, and a Chuck Wagon Cook-Off.
October 12-14, 2018 ArmeniaFest - Carrollton, Texas
The 23rd annual Cultural and Food Festival will include a program of folk dances, delicious offerings of food, music, special exhibits, and more. St. Sarkis Armenian Church.
October 12-14, 2018 29th Annual Cajun Catfish Festival
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. (also: www.friendsofconroe.com ) Attendance: 30,000
October 13, 2018 Annual Texas Mushroom Festival
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 13, 2018 Monterey Square Wine and Arts Fair
A Unique Texas Wine, Local Artist, and Gourmet Food Experience centered around the historic downtown courthouse square in Wharton. Great Texas wines, tours of our historic courthouse and railroad museum, art, entertainment and great food! Come early, there’s plenty to see and do. Our historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown is home to just the sort of shops you’d hope for in a quaint Texas town. There are antiques, vintage and flea market finds, clothing, children’s items, toys, gifts, art, salons, and dining options that range from organic goodness to international flair.
October 13, 2018 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 13, 2018
5th Annual Steaktober Fest And Steak Cookoff
Cameron Chamber of Commerce and Working for Cameron are hosting a "Steak"tober Fest in historic downtown Cameron, featuring 44 Farms Ribeye Steaks in the Steak Cookoff Association competition. Working for Cameron is sanctioned by the SCA and the winner will win an invitation to complete in the Ft Worth Championship Cookoff. In addition, the Chamber will be selling 44 Farms Ribeye Steak Dinner tickets, with baked potato, salad, all the trimmings, homemade bread, homemade dessert and tea/water.
October 13-14, 2018
Hog Wrestling; Hog Hunting Contest; Live Muxic; Dance; Kids Games; Poker Run with Hamburger Lunch; more.
October 15-19, 2018
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.
October 19-20, 2018
14th Annual Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-Off - Llano, Texas
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 20, 2018 Fajita Cookoff - Rio Grande City, Texas
Celebrating the birthplace of the fajita, Deep South Texas. The Fajita Cookoff will also have live entertainment throughout the day, a kiddie carnival with dozens of mechanical rides, inflatables, bouncers & slides. And then, after the cooking competition there will be a big country concert for all to enjoy.
October 20, 2018 27th Annual Herb San Antonio Herb Market
San Antonio, Texas
At the historic Pearl Brewery Farmer’s Market, 300 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, Texas from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It is a family friendly educational and fun event with activities for children, seminars on growing and using herbs including the International Herb of the Year – Cilantro, cooking demonstrations, vendors and artisans offering herbs, herbal products, crafts and plants for purchase and more. All events are free and open to the public. Parking is free.
October 25-28, 2018 Groves Pecan Festival - Groves, Texas
Pecan cooking contest with appetizers, entrees, and desserts categories. Treasure hunt, parade, pecan toss, pet show and stick horse barrel racing.
October 26-28, 2018 Czhilispiel - 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 27, 2018 National Championship Barbeque Cookoff
The National Championship Barbecue Cookoff celebrates years of Great BBQ & Fun. Almost 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 27, 2018 Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest
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 27, 2018 Annual Texas 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 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 27-28, 2018 - Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
The Expo is the biggest gluten free and allergen friendly event in the US
October 28, 2018 - Celebrity Chef Tour - San Antonio, Texas
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs.
October 28-30, 2018 - Foodservice Distribution Solutions Conference
San Antonio, Texas
International Foodservice Distributors Association. At this industry-wide conference, you will hear best practices from other distributors, visit top vendors to discuss the latest solutions, and meet peers to build a network of professional contacts who share the same challenges you do. You get face-to-face contact with hundreds of companies, meet leaders from across the industry, and find solutions that make your company more competitive.
October 29-November 1, 2018 - IEHA 52nd Conference & Convention
International Executive Housekeepers Association.
October 30, 2018 Flavors of Houston - Houston, Texas
Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The meal that is delivered will showcase the signature dishes of our culinary experts and take you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.