2014 TEXAS : OCTOBER 2014
TEXAS FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS & SHOWS
(see also: 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009)
October 1-5, 2014 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 2-4, 2014 Poultry Festival - Center, Texas
October 2-4, 2014 Boonville Days Chuckwagon Cookoff - Bryan, Texas
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. This event consists of a living history fair, a race, and a Chuck Wagon Cook-Off.
October 3-5, 2014 19th Annual Lebanese Food Festival
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 3-5, 2014 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, 2014 Our Sunshine Kids Chili & Red Bean Cookoff
Waxahachie, Texas (no website)
In Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday October 4th we will be having an event called Our Sunshine Kids. 100% of the proceeds are going to two families in our local area, Both families have children with stage IV cancer. We are having a CHILI and RED BEAN COOKOFF. Entry fee is $25.00 for each. It will be at the Waxahachie Expo Center on Hwy 287. For more information my email address is email@example.com , my name is Shelley Huskins and my contact number is 214-399-1476
October 4-5, 2014 9th Annual PalmFest International Folklife Celebration
PalmFest will feature major attractions, historical displays, shopping, art, family games, rides and kids activities, cooking competitions and demonstrations, live entertainment, classic car show, diverse food and beverage. Over 40,000 people will enjoy the event inside the Convention Center and all around the grounds in the Oval Park and Reflecting Pond. Also see Fajita Cookoff and Dutch Oven Cookoff listing.
October 4-5, 2014 Fajita Cookoff and PalmFest Dutch Oven Cookoff
There will be two Cookoffs at this year’s PalmFest International Folklife Celebration at the McAllen Convention, The Fajita Cookoff, “Smokin’ Since 1976”, will once again celebrate the birthplace of the fajita in deep South Texas with crazy cooking teams competing in 5 categories; Pan de Campo, Frijoles, Mollejas, Traditional & Gourmet Fajitas. There will be cash prizes & custom made mini BBQ pit trophies for the top fajita aficionados. And The Fajita Cookoff will move to Sunday October 5th rather than on Saturday as before. New this year is a lower entry fee of $125 for all 5 categories plus Showmanship Award. The PalmFest Dutch Oven Cookoff is sanctioned by the International Dutch Oven Society, IDOS.org., and produced by Mike Key, local official. This will be a 3 pot Cookoff consisting of an entrée, dessert and bread. The first place winner will be invited to compete in the World Championship in March 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
October 5-7, 2014 MUFSO 2014 - Dallas, Texas
(MUFSO) Multi Unit Foodservice Operators Conference. The newly expanded MUFSO “Super Show” will combine all four of the Penton Restaurant Group’s events—MUFSO, Culinary & Directions, WISE and FM Ideas—into one event, making this gathering for foodservice leaders an unmatched educational and networking experience.
October 7, 2014 70th 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 9-11, 2014 69th Annual Peanut Festival - Grapeland, Texas
The 69th annual festival will be fun for the entire family!
October 9-12, 2014 28th 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 10-12, 2014 25th 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 10-12, 2014 ArmeniaFest - Carrollton, Texas
The 19th annual cultural and food festival will include a program of folk dances, delicious offerings of food, music, special exhibits, and more.
October 10-12, 2014 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, 2014 6th Annual Monterey Square Wine and Arts Fair
Shop, Sip and Stroll. Free wine sampling 4-8pm. Wine sampling at 8 locations. Beer Sampling. Food. Live Music. "Whining" Contest. Carriage Rides. Details to follow.
October 11, 2014 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 11-12, 2014 Traders Village 30th Annual Bar-B-Que Cookoff
Grand Prairie, Texas
One of the longest running BBQ events in Texas and this year’s event is expected to be better than ever, attracting BBQ cooks from across the state and beyond. The event is free to the public both days, with only a $3.00 parking fee. BBQ competition: Chicken, Pork Spare Ribs, Brisket, and a Kids Cook Off. The barbeque cooks and their cooking devices are a show in themselves at this culinary event. The serious beef barons will showcase custom-made, unique traveling pits with individual touches of creativity to suit the owner’s taste. While the cooking competition can become serious, the atmosphere and camaraderie will be strictly fun-filled recreation. Cookoff visitors will get a firsthand look at how seriously barbequers take their cooking and their fun. You can look, smell and often taste. If you ask when a team isn’t busy preparing an entry for the judges, you can get some practical tips on how to improve your home barbeque cooking skills. There will be a need for individuals to judge the competition. The public is invited to sign up, at the cookoff judging area, for a free chance to judge the BBQ competition.
October 12-18, 2014 National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
The Bulk is Green Council (BIG)
October 13-17, 2014 National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association. 'Get in the Game with School Lunch.'
October 14, 2014 Hops & Hogs - Houston, Texas
A fantastic culinary adventure! Houston area restaurants and culinary schools participate by serving up delicious creations that all contain bacon. Attendees help select the winners by voting for their favorite dishes. Included in the cost if your fill of St Arnolds beer and all the tastings from the restaurants and schools you can manage! Hosted by Professionals in Culinary Arts, a Houston based non-profit that raises scholarship monies for students enrolled in area culinary programs. Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Cost: $35.
October 16, 2014 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 17, 2014 2nd Annual Cowtown 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 17-18, 2014 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 17-19, 2014 10th 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 18, 2014 Kiepersol's Vine Day - Tyler, Texas
Come and celebrate the grape harvest with food, wine, music, and fun for the whole family. Help us put the vines to sleep for the season and join us for a peaceful day in the vineyard including: Distillery Tours & Barrel Tastings - Winery Tours - Morning 5K through the Vineyard - Cigar Corner - Vineyard Photo Opportunities - Kids Activities.
October 18, 2014 13th 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 19, 2014 5th 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 24-25, 2014 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. This year's date is Friday October 24 from 5 to 9pm and Saturday October 25 from 10am to 5pm. 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. Admission is $5 per person and tastings are $1 each. 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.
October 24-25, 2014 Experience Agave - San Antonio, Texas
Mana House, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Join the Tequila Interchange Project to explore the origins and trajectory of Tequila and the burgeoning spirits category, Mezcal. Learn about the Denominations of Origin in Mexico, what types of Tequila exist and how they are produced. Get acquainted with Mezcal, a broader category of agave distillates. Examine the history of human use and cultivation of agave dating back 10,000 years. Discuss the rise of Tequila as a globally recognized spirit category. Compare this to the current rise of Mezcal as a distinct category. $35 per person (Trade Pricing Available).
October 24-26, 2014 Czhilispiel 42 - 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 25, 2014 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 25, 2014 National Championship Barbeque Cookoff
The National Championship Barbecue Cookoff celebrates 27 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 25, 2014 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 30-Nov 1, 2014
48th 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.
October 31-November 2, 2014 9th Edition of the Romanian Food Festival
A unique opportunity for Dallas locals to explore the Romanian culture and cuisine right in their backyard. Festival highlights include ethnic foods, traditional costumes, orthodox icons and impressionist paintings exhibits, movies about Romania, gymnastic shows, folk artifacts, decorations and other shopping options, live entertainment and lots of fun for adults and children as well (petting zoo, games, dancing, and more).