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2019 TEXAS : OCTOBER 2019

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


Sept 27-28 & Oct 2-5, 2019
50th Annual Texas Rice Festival
Winnie, Texas


October 1-31, 2019
Dripping with Taste Trail
Dripping Springs, Texas
We’ve created a trail with a passport to give you access to of all of the best wineries, breweries and distilleries with free tastings at each participating venue during the month of October.  With your Dripping With Taste Passport, visit as many as 4 of our 25 participating wineries, breweries, and distilleries in a day, all month long. Enjoy a complimentary flight or tasting at fabulous destinations like Treaty Oak Distilling , Last Stand Brewing, Revolution Spirits and Bell Springs Winery. And the next day, visit another 4 destinations like Family Business Beer Company , Desert Door Sotol, Westcave Cellars or Acopon Brewing in the heart of downtown Dripping Springs. And you can do that everyday, all month long.

October 3-5, 2019  43rd Annual East Texas Poultry Festival
Center, Texas
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 4-5, 2019  Boonville Days Chuckwagon Cookoff - Bryan, Texas
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 4-6, 2019  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 4-6, 2019  23rd Annual Lebanese Food Festival
Lewisville, Texas
Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church.  Authentic Lebanese Food.

October 5-6, 2019  Annual Hogtoberfest - Brady, Texas
Hog Wrestling; Hog Hunting Contest; Live Muxic; Dance; Kids Games; Poker Run with Hamburger Lunch; more.

October 8-12, 2019 - 75th Annual 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 10-13, 2019 - 33rd 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 11-13, 2019 - 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 11-13, 2019  ArmeniaFest - Carrollton, Texas
The 24th 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 11-13, 2019  Conroe 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.  Attendance: 30,000.

October 12, 2019  Steak, Stein & Wine Fest - Cameron, Texas
The Cameron Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with 44 Farms to kick off a great day of Steak, Stein & Wine Festival events in downtown Cameron. Rick Trevino will close the festival with a concert/dance at the Milam County Junior Livestock Youth Expo!

October 12, 2019  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 14-18, 2019 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

October 15, 2019  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.

October 16-20, 2019  World Food Championships - Dallas, Texas
The Ultimate Food Fight: 2019 World Food Championships Categories include: Barbecue, Chili, Sandwich, Burger, Dessert, Seafood, Steak, Recipe and Chef Challenge.  Prize Purse: $300,000.


October 17-19, 2019
74th Annual Peanut Festival
Grapeland, Texas
Houston County’s biggest event each year is the Grapeland Peanut Festival, a fun-filled day of activities taking place throughout Grapeland

October 18, 2019
The Whisky Extravaganza
Dallas, Texas
Features a sampling of unlimited expressions of the world's finest whiskies.   Each event is held at the finest hotels and private clubs in the United States to ensure an elegant, comfortable and relaxed environment. Tickets by advance purchase only.

October 18, 2019
Annual Katy Wine Fest
Katy, Texas
Wine Lovers and Foodies Unite for a Great Cause at the Annual Katy Wine Fest.  Boasting more than 40 different types of wines, guests will sample rare finds and special vintages not found in your local grocery store. We’re certain you’ll find a few new favorites!  Along with a fantastic selection of wine, the Katy Wine Fest  will feature several local restaurants serving delicious light bites. Live musical entertainment, a silent and Big Board auction featuring fantastic items, and an exciting raffle will round out the night. Proceeds will benefit The Brookwood Community and the Brookwood Center for Learning.

October 19, 2019
28th 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 2:00 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 19, 2019 - Annual 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 23, 2019  Cocktails & Conversations Series: Culture, Cuisine, & Contagion: Ancient Egypt & Today - Houston, Texas
Guests and fellow Houston museum enthusiasts will enjoy light bites and cocktails while exploring food, culture, and epidemics in ancient Egypt and how it relates to us in real-time.  The Health Museum – 1515 Hermann, Dr, Houston, Texas 77004 – from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and will feature Dr. Sabrina Sholts, Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural Science, and Dr. Salima Ikram, Distinguished Professor and Egyptologist, who will share the social and environmental connections between health and disease, and explore the applications of today’s genetics to provide insights to ancient problems.

October 24-27, 2019 - Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
Sugar Land, Texas
Wine Dinner - Bartenders Challenge - Friday Night Bites - Masquerade - Bistro Brunch.

October 24-27, 2019 - 50th Annual 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 25-27, 2019 - 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 26, 2019 - National Championship Barbeque Cookoff
Meridian, Texas
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 26, 2019  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, 2019 - 50th 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.

2018 TEXAS : OCTOBER 2018

events waiting for new dates

October 11, 2018 - Celebrity Chef Tour - Houston, Texas
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs

October 13, 2018 - Monterey Square Wine and Arts Fair
Wharton, Texas
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 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 28, 2018 - Celebrity Chef Tour - San Antonio, Texas
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs.


2017 TEXAS : OCTOBER 2017

events still waiting for new dates

October 14-15, 2017 - Beer & Barbecue Festival - Grand Prairie, Texas
Traders Village announces the new Craft Beer & Barbecue Festival. This event is going to feature award winning barbecue cooks cooking up some of the best barbecue brisket and ribs on both days. Guest will be able to buy this barbecue AND have a chance to purchase a variety of Craft Beers. Live music from 12 noon to 4p.m. each day.  During band breaks the cooks will visit with the audience to provide some tips on what helped them win barbecue cook offs all over Texas and the southwest. This festival will have something for everyone.

October 19, 2017  Spirits of Mexico - Austin, Texas

October 21, 2017  Galveston Heritage Day - Galveston, Texas
Book your passage now for the third annual Galveston Heritage Day! Enjoy the music, food and entertainment from numerous cultural groups and associations throughout the day while learning more about the early days of Galveston’s immigration movement. Admission is free from 12-6 p.m. at Hendley Green for great live music, food trucks, craft beer and more!


2016 TEXAS : OCTOBER 2016

events still waiting for new dates

October 9, 2016  Cochon555’s Heritage BBQ - Austin, Texas
Notable chefs and farmers will spotlight their passion for global BBQ grilling traditions and old world cooking techniques.

October 21-22, 2016  Kyle Hogwash - Kyle, Texas
Kyle Hogwash is a first-time event bringing family fun to guests from Round Rock to north San Antonio and beyond! The festival, which takes its name from Central Texas' undeniable feral hog population, is a free-admission event with a variety of activities and events for all.
In addition to presentations, products and services aimed at assisting in feral hog and overall wildlife management, festival attendees will enjoy family activities, carnival and amusements games and a Lonestar Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off featuring teams from across the region. Another planned element is a cooking stage featuring local notable chefs showcasing the many ways in which feral hog can be prepared. Kyle Hogwash will also be the home of Hammerschlagen, one of the easiest games to play...and the hardest to master! Attendees will also enjoy ongoing live music.


2015 TEXAS : OCTOBER 2015

events still waiting for new dates

October 9-11, 2015  Kemah Oktoberfest - Kemah, Texas
The 3rd annual Oktoberfest in Kemah is highly anticipated, will be the biggest event this fall, and is going to be a blast! There will an 9,000 Sq. Foot Beer Tent for all to enjoy!!  Partnered with Budweiser, we're bringing in hand-crafted beers from all over the world!

October 15, 2015  25th 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 16, 2015  3rd Annual Cowtown Chili Cook Off
Fort Worth, Texas
A hot & spicy chili competition.  Panther Club presents the second annual Cowtown Cook Off—a hot and spicy chili competition! Chow on chili, vote for the best and wash it down with ice-cold brew, wine and margaritas. Dancing, casino, auction and more round out the evening. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.

October 16-17, 2015  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 23-24, 2015  Wine in the Pines - Mount Vernon, Texas
The Wine in the Pines Wine Festival is held annually on the fourth weekend in October on the downtown square in Mt. Vernon, TX.  It is comprised of wineries from all over Texas. From the sweet to the bold and everything in between, it can all be found here.  Wine is available by the tasting, the glass, or the bottle. Come see the art vendors, crafts, food, cooking demonstration and live entertainment.  Make your plans now to bring your family and friends for a great time on the prettiest little square in Texas.



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