Whether you’re a student of a chef school in Texas or are simply looking for a great way to get out and kill some time during your next visit to the Lone Star State, food festivals are always a great option. Texas residents enjoy one of the most diverse, vibrant and prolific restaurant cultures in the U.S., along with incredible weather. Put those two things together and you’ve got the perfect recipe for outdoor food festivals year round. With so much variety, though, it can be slightly difficult to know where to begin. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best food festivals in Texas. Take a look, and be sure to try one or more of these unforgettable experiences:
Austin Food and Wine Festival
If you’re looking for a one-stop option to experience some of all the best culinary treats that Texas has to offer, than this is the right place for you. Each year, the Austin Food and Wine Festival plays host to some of the best and brightest from the Texas culinary world. Sommeliers, chefs, bakers and more gather in the liberal heart of Texas to put on a truly unforgettable event, and you won’t want to miss it. The event occurs each year in mid-late April, meaning that the weather matches the food and wine in that it is absolutely perfect. The festival runs across a three day weekend and tickets can be purchased for either individual days or the entire weekend. Grab the kids and your significant other and head out to Austin this April to be a part of this wonderful occurrence!
This festival takes place in a town called Grapevine, Texas, so you’ve probably already got a strong indication of exactly what’s on the menu. According to Forbes, this event takes place over three days in mid-September when the weather is beginning to turn to autumn and wineries are at a peak production point. Grapefest enjoys the company of more than 40 different wineries from around the state, putting on offer over 130 different wines to be sampled and purchased by all who attend. The festival also boasts fun opportunities such as the ability to sample creations from local Grapevine chefs and a grape stomping contest that’s sure to bring you and yours laughs!
Austin Chocolate Festival
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then you’re doing yourself a great disservice if you don’t come out to check out the Austin Chocolate Festival. According to its website, the event took time off in 2014 but will be back in 2015, and stronger than ever. The event brings in some of the best chocolatiers, bakeries and patisseries from across the state to create one awesome dessert-filled weekend. Best of all, you can watch local chocolate enthusiasts and producers design their delicious crafts right in front of you!