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2023 TEXAS - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER - 2023
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS & LOCAL FOOD EVENTS

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November 23, 2023
THANKSGIVING DAY
Nationwide

There are so many events today, they are to numerous to list.

November 27-Dec 22, 2023
Christmas Wine Affair
Fredericksburg, Texas
Enjoy full complimentary tastings (limit of 4 wineries per day) and special discounts at 40 participating wineries. There are a limited number of tickets available and each year is sold out weeks before the event. Don’t delay and miss out on all the holiday cheer that the Texas Wine Country has to offer on this self-guided tour!

December 10, 2023  Christkindlmarkt - Lancaster, Texas
A traditional German Christmas Market!  Craft & gift vendors, delicious fest food, and traditional German beverages outside under the pavilion & tents. Inside, seated dining also available. Open to the public - rain, snow or shine!  Admission is free.
 

2022 TEXAS - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER - 2022
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS & LOCAL FOOD EVENTS
events waiting for new dates

November 2-5, 2022 - 55th Terlingua Int'l Championship Chili Cook-off
Terlingua, Texas
Includes Barbecue Cook-off and Margarita Mix-off with live music each night, plus many other activities.

November 3, 2022 - Taste of the Town - Pasadena, Texas
Join the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce at our annual Taste of the Town, as we bring our community together to experience samplings from some of your favorite local restaurants, along with a business & shopping vendor expo featuring some of our local businesses, live auction, live music and more! 

November 4-6, 2022  Austin Food & Wine Festival - Austin, Texas
Throughout the weekend, you'll experience up-close and personal access to culinary, wine and spirit talent at dozens of cooking demos, wine and cocktail seminars. Between sessions, drop by the Taste or Savor Lounges for complimentary beer, wine and cocktails. Then sip and nibble your way through The Grand Tasting Pavilion showcasing over 80 wine, spirit and artisanal food exhibitors, along with celebrated local and regional restaurants. Plus, pick-up copies of inspiring cookbooks and get them signed by your favorite chefs in the Autograph Tent.  Attendance: 9,000.

November 4-13, 2022  Wurstfest - New Braunfels, Texas
Annual celebration along the banks of the beautiful Comal River. Enjoy good fun, food, special events and Alpine and Bavarian style entertainment. Wurstfest always starts on the Friday before the first Monday in November.
 


 

November 5, 2022  29th Annual Shrimp Cook-Off & Seafood Festival
Port Isabel, Texas
Dozens of professional and amateur chefs will be preparing their favorite recipes for thousands of festival attendees at a modest fee. Each contestant’s recipe will be judged on appearance, aroma and taste by a select panel of judges.  Live entertainment, vendors and exciting new challenges will be featured. Gate fee is $5 per adult and children 10 and under are free. Hours of the festival are 10 am to 4 pm, with winners announced in both divisions at 4 pm.

November 7-9, 2022  Conecon 2022 - Fort Worth, Texas
North American Ice Cream Association Convention.

November 9-13, 2022  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.

November 10-12, 2022  Texas Watermelon Association Convention
McAllen, Texas

November 10-13, 2022  Crystal City Spinach Festival
Crystal City, Texas
The annual festival celebrates Crystal City's claim as "Spinach Capital of the World". The family-oriented event includes a parade, free musical entertainment, a spinach cook-off, 5K run, custom car show, dance contests, arts & crafts, sports tournaments, pageant, and carnival. Be sure to visit Crystal City's statue of the famous spinach-loving sailor, Popeye.  Attendance: 60,000.

November 12, 2022 - Annual Bridges Bands and BBQ Bash
Wasahachie, Texas
EVENT CANCELLED.  To promote disability awareness, highlight Fantastic Texas BBQ, spotlight confectionery students and to inspire everyone to be valued, respected and supported in our community.  • “State Championship BBQ Cook-off” will be officiated again by the International BBQ Cookers Association (ICBA). With $10,000 dollars in guaranteed prize money on the line, we are expecting nearly 100 teams to come out to throw their hat in the ring to compete.  • “Cupcake Wars” (Individuals and Culinary Arts High School Classes competing for $1,000.00 prize package while having their delectable treats tasted and judged by celebrity chefs from the food channel network (We are so excited to announce our celebrity judges will be returning this year to support our mission. Chef Michele Ragussis and Chef Christopher Plum will be putting their busy taping schedule on hold and flying in from New York City. Also returning is the very popular local favorite, Chef Kenzie Mills from Chopped Jr and Top Chef Jr. Don’t miss an opportunity to grab a picture with these Food Channel celebs and grab a delicious cupcake while you’re there, double bonus!  • Wine Pull 250 Bottles of various wines, you win by pulling a cork with a number that corresponds to a specific bottle. (Spoiler alert - rumor has it there may be Dom Perignon).  Attendance: 3,000.

November 12, 2022  33rd Heritage Syrup Festival  - Henderson, Texas
The highlight of the festival revolves around a day of old time syrup making demonstrations, using an antique sugarcane crushing mill. The grounds of the Historic Depot Museum come alive with folk music and over thirty folk artists demonstrating and selling their crafts.

November 19, 2022  Winefest - Kemah, Texas
Sample over 72 wines and enjoy appetizers from each of our restaurants

November 26, 2022  Wassail Fest - Nacogdoches, Texas
Stroll the brick streets and visit the historic district as participating downtown merchants compete to see who can brew up the best wassail in town. 11am to 3pm.

November 29-December 1, 2022  Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show
Amarillo, Texas
Features over 500+ local and leading companies in the farming and ranching industry, showcasing the latest agricultural products and services for producers from the Panhandle region of Texas and Oklahoma, as well as New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas.

December 7-9, 2022  USA Rice Outlook Conference - Austin, Texas
Save the date for this year's Outlook Conference featuring exciting speakers, outstanding learning sessions, and a trade show bringing the newest and most promising innovations to attendees.

December 10, 2022  60th Annual Christmas Boat Parade
Clear Lake, Texas
Ring in the holidays with this Clear Lake tradition. More than 100,000 people traditionally enjoy this event from land and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout the Lake  The parade features more than 100 brightly decorated power and sailboats that will traverse the Clear Lake channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay.

December 30, 2022  Learn to Make: Black Eyed Peas
Nacogdoches, Texas
Learn to make black eyed peas so that you can ring in 2023 with this New Year’s classic!  Nacogdoches Public Library.
 

2021 TEXAS - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER - 2021
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS & LOCAL FOOD EVENTS
events waiting for new dates

November 14, 2021  15th International Risotto Festival
Houston, Texas
From 2 to 6 pm at The Houston Design Center. This gourmet strolling event includes an afternoon of delicious Italian foods and wonderful wines including samplings of antipasti, tastings of all risotto entries, Italian music and entertainment, exotic car display, activities for kids and designer showroom tours. Some of Houston’s top chefs will be competing in this year’s competition.

November 19-20, 2021  Holiday in the Pines - Nacogdoches, Texas
 

2019 TEXAS - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER - 2019
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS & LOCAL FOOD EVENTS
events waiting for new dates

November 1-3, 2019 - 14th Edition of the Romanian Food Festival
Colleyville, Texas
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).
 

2018 TEXAS - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER - 2018
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS & LOCAL FOOD EVENTS
events waiting for new dates

November 10, 2018 - San Marcos Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
San Marcos, Texas
Food Truck Festivals of America.

November 16-17, 2018 - James Beard Foundation's Taste America
Austin, Texas
James Beard Foundation’s Taste America national epicurean tour, featuring one-night-only collaborative dinners.  Enjoy a unique, one-night only menu created by a Taste America All-Star joined by an elite team of notable local chefs. These exclusive dining events are perfect for the food enthusiast, as well as offering ideal entertaining opportunities for executives, clients, media, and VIPs.  See website for ticket prices and details for each city.

November 17-18, 2018 - Crab Fest - Grand Prairie, Texas
Come out and enjoy an afternoon of great food and music.  Guests will be able to choose from a variety of tasty crab dishes. These dishes include boiled Snow Crab Legs served with  spicy corn and potatoes plus Crab and Seafood Gumbo.  There will be music from the popular band The Sidemen playing oldies from the 60’s and 70’s. Tell your family and friends and come join us for a wonderful weekend of delicious food and fun music.  Enjoy the music, rides, and shopping that has entertained millions . Admission to Traders Village is FREE and it’s just $4.00 to park.
 

2017 TEXAS - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER - 2017
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS & LOCAL FOOD EVENTS
events waiting for new dates

November 3, 2017 - Taste of the Holidays - Center, Texas
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors host the Taste of the Holidays, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., an eclectic culinary sampling and dining experience featuring Chamber member restaurants, caterers and florists. Each establishment will serve sample tastes of a featured item from their business.

November 11, 2017 - The Taco Festival - El Paso, Texas
A General Admission ticket provides access to taco-topia. Inside the event, you’ll find restaurants dishing out $2 tacos and bars and beverage stations serving margaritas, beer, water, and soda. The entire festival works on a token system – so you will purchase tokens worth $2 each and use those as cash. Vendors will be on hand to sell other food (mostly desserts) as well.
 

 

2016 TEXAS - NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2016
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS & LOCAL FOOD EVENTS

events still waiting for new dates

December 3, 2016  Annual Tamales! Holiday Festival
San Antonio, Texas
An event centered around San Antonio Tradition with tamales, culture, music and fun for the whole family. With more than 40 different tamales vendors, a kid’s craft area, and live music and entertainment Tamales! is a celebration of family, food and fun that San Antonians have come to associate with the holidays.  We hope you will join us for the celebration 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Guests will enjoy live music and performances, activities for children, as well as delicacies from 40+ tamale makers.  The event is FREE and open to the public, no ticket necessary. Food and beverage prices range from $1.00 - $5.00 per vendor - ATMs available on site.x

December 8-9, 2016 - International Conference on Amino Acids and Proteins - Dallas, Texas
Amino Acids 2016 conference will influence an excellent opportunity to meet people in the research field and therefore it takes a pride in opening a gate to meet the expertise in the field, young researchers and potential speakers. The conference includes central topics on Amino Acids Analysis and Trends,Advancements in Proteogenomics,Protein and Enzymology,Amino Acids and Ecosystem Interaction and many more.

 

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