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Eat Your Way Through these 20 Texas Food Festivals this Year 

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Beer and Bacon Festival: January 28
204 E 4th St., Austin
The travelling Beer and Bacon Festival is making a stop in Texas. Enjoy craft beers and specialty bacon–based dishes during this untraditional food festival. In case you needed another reason to check out this event, there’s deep fried bacon.
Photo via Instagram, jessicaleeman7
Asian Festival: February 4
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E Cesar Chavez
Grab something delicious from one of the 15 vendors, serving anything from Japanese to Laotian food, at this 30th annual event. The festival will feature dance and music performances, craft booths, henna painting and much more as part of this cultural celebration.
Photo via Instagram, UTSA
ZestFest: January 27–29
Irving Convention Center, 500 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving
For those that love all things spicy (most of Texas), the ZestFest is a must. Join the atomic wing challenge, the fiery food challenge or just enjoy the tasty foods. Celebrity chefs will be showcasing their specialty spicy cuisine.
Photo via Instagram, _keyring
Taste of Laredo: February 2
Laredo Energy Arena, 6700 Arena Blvd, Laredo
Local Laredo restaurants and chefs will serve up international flavors at this cultural event. Try anything from Chinese to Mexican food and participate in beer tasting events or eating contests. Live music, traditional outfits and fun events make this Laredo festival one to mark on your calendar.
Photo via Instagram, visitlaredotx
Fulton Oysterfest: March 2–5
Fulton Festival Grounds, N Casterline Dr., Fulton
Another great Texas seafood festival takes place right on Fulton’s beach waterfront. Enjoy the ocean, carnival rides and, of course, the fresh oysters. Join the oyster eating competition for a $200 first place prize if you’re feeling hungry!
Photo via Instagram, callertimes
Tomball German Heritage Festival: March 31–April 2
Tomball Depot, 201 S Elm St., Tomball
This three–day–festival boasts over 200 vendors for German food, art, beer, wine and much more. Eat traditional food while watching folk dancers, fireworks or shopping around for German crafts. Traditional German apparel is encouraged!
Photo via Instagram, jessilynn214
San Antonio Flavor: March 23
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave.
Food lovers, rejoice! Flavor returns for its fourth year, serving up sample bites from 35 local restaurants, plus craft beer, wine and cocktail samples, live entertainment, art and the coveted Culinary Showdown.
Photo via San Antonio Flavor
Savor Dallas: April 6–9
Downtown Dallas
Savor Dallas expects around 7,000 people to show up to this amazing culinary experience. More than 75 restaurants will be creating delicious food options to go with your 450–plus choices of wine.
Photo via Instagram, Photo via Instagram, travisaberle
Poteet Strawberry Festival: April 7–9
9199 North State Highway 16, Poteet
You can’t miss the 70th annual Poteet Strawberry Festival. The food festival’s website describes the town of Poteet as the “Strawberry Capital of Texas.” This event features delicious strawberry desserts and refreshments along with typical Texas fair foods.
Photo via Instagram,palaciosmvictoria
Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair: April 6–9
Downtown Sugar Land
Delectable cuisine, wine and craft beer are available throughout downtown Sugar Land. The University of Houston describes the event as featuring, “some of the world’s top winemakers, chefs and restaurateurs.”
Photo via Instagram, mysweettea
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A Night In Old San Antonio: April 25–28
La Villita, San Antonio
People from all over Texas flock to San Antonio to celebrate its diverse culture (and delicious food) during the Fiesta celebrations. The festival has themed areas like “Sauerkraut Bend,” “Main Street USA,” and the “Mexican Market.” With over 240–plus food and drink booths, everyone is guaranteed to find something they like.
Photo via Instagram, jennaf92
San Antonio Turkish Festival: April
Alamo Plaza, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
Enjoy and learn more about Turkish food, art, music and dance at this cultural celebration. The Raindrop Foundation says one of their goals for hosting this event is to, “promote cultural diversity and understanding.”
Photo via Instagram, lexiconlush
Barbacoa and Big Red Fest: May 2017
R&J Music Pavilion, 18086 Pleasanton Rd., San Antonio
Can someone say a match made in heaven? A festival for the pairing of barbacoa and Big Red is an undebatable stop for your food festival goings. This festival is complete with great local music and drink specials.
Photo via Instagram, mannyo
Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival: May
Marktplatz, 100 W Main St., Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg’s crawfish are known to rival some of the best in New Orleans. Kids will enjoy the fun Texas games and activities.
Photo via Instagram, kayleerutland
Texas Folklife Festival: June 9–11
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 East Cesar Chavez Blvd, San Antonio
Celebrate the multicultural makeup of Texas as the Texas Folklife Festival. With around 40 different cultures represented, the event guarantees diverse eats, good entertainment and traditional art.
Photo via Instagram, sachartermoms
Austin Ice Cream Festival: August
Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin
Cool off during the brutal August Texas heat at Austin’s Ice Cream Festival. Local ice cream shops will supply the delicious treats, and you can lick, scoop and eat the day away while participating in fun events like the ice cream eating contest. Photo via Instagram, reneereding
State Fair of Texas: September 29–October 22
3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas
Arguably one of Texan’s favorite events, the State Fair takes “fair food” to a whole new level. Some of their winning foods include cookie fries, fried beer and southern fried chicken and dumplings. Head over to Dallas for this fun event and your fried food fix.
Photo via Instagram, sarahjanefosnaught
Texas Renaissance Festival: September 30–November 26
21778 Farm to Market 1774, Todd Mission
Roam around the 55–acre recreated old English town and visit shows, explore shops or stop at one of their many eateries. Cheesecake on a stick is a must at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Don’t forget your 16th century clothes at home!
Photo via Instagram, linhgtran
Greek Festival: October
3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston
Grab a Gyro, pastries and a Greek bottle of wine to celebrate Houston’s Greek Festival. The “Athenian Playground” for kids, live music and dance programs makes this event one the whole family can enjoy.
Photo via Instagram, bzfoodie
Wurstfest: November 3–12
120 Landa St., New Braunfels
Since 1963, New Braunfels has hosted Wurstfest, the famous German cultural festival. Choose one, or more, of the imported German beers to go along with your food. Sip and eat while sitting next to the beautiful Comal River and listening to live music.
Photo via Instagram, jacobwaldrip
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Beer and Bacon Festival: January 28
204 E 4th St., Austin
The travelling Beer and Bacon Festival is making a stop in Texas. Enjoy craft beers and specialty bacon–based dishes during this untraditional food festival. In case you needed another reason to check out this event, there’s deep fried bacon.
Photo via Instagram, jessicaleeman7


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