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Texas Events 2013

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June Festivals and Events in Texas

June 3-9, 2013  Wine & Food Week – Houston, Texas
One of the top 10 destination culinary and wine events in the US, Wine & Food Week’s gastronomic grandeur features more than 500 wines, 50 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities from around the globe, and a vast collection of specialty beers and gourmet food purveyors. Wine education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events, live and silent auctions, and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences round out the week’s festivities.

June 7, 2013  Fort Worth Zoo Beastro – Fort Worth, Texas
Beastro is the Fort Worth Zoo’s annual music and tasting event that supports the Zoo’s local and international wildlife conservation and education efforts. Beastro features the finest area restaurants stationed throughout the Zoo serving sample appetizers, entrées and desserts. In addition to the delectable cuisine, the event features open bars throughout the park and live music entertainment. Several animal exhibits remain open until sunset.

June 7-8, 2013  41st Chisholm Trail Roundup BBQ & Chili Cook-Offs
Lockhart, Texas
With Music Festival. BBQ & Chili cook-offs, arts & crafts, etc.  Always 2nd week in June. Chisholm Trail Roundup Rodeo & Parade etc. follows, on June 13-15.

June 7-8, 2013  Columbus Annual June BBQ Cookoff, – Columbus, Texas
Proceeds Benefit Columbus FFA Students. Help us send our students to the state convention!

June 8, 2013  24th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival – Nacogdoches, Texas
Tons of fresh blueberries, blueberry pancakes, blueberry pie, blueberry cobbler and blueberry ice cream contests. Kids will love the Blueberry Bounce Park, petting zoo, make and take arts and crafts, pet parade, The Big Blue Murals and more. Car & Motorcycle shows, pie eating contests, horse shoe and washers tournaments, food and arts vendors.

June 8, 2013  29th Annual Tomato Fest – Jacksonville, Texas
This family fun day includes arts and craft booths, street dance, a fishing tournament, home-grown tomato contest, tomato eating and peeling contests, gospel concert, auction and kids’ activities.

June 13-15, 2013  Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee – Stockdale, Texas
First celebrated in 1937, the Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee is one of the oldest watermelon festivals in Texas. Held Thursday through Saturday in beautiful Stockdale City Park, the 3rd weekend in June.

June 13-15, 2013  Holland Corn Festival 2013 – Holland, Texas
Come and celebrate with us! This is the 39th year Holland has celebrated the local cash crop. Events include a parade, 5k run, contests, street dance, barbecue cook-off, arts & crafts, carnival and much more.

June 16, 2013  Real Men Cook – Dallas, Texas
Real Men Cook promotes male involvement, education, outreach and advocacy on food resources, healthy eating, healthcare and public policies on these issues. Takes place each year on Father’s Day in cities across the U.S. A national movement, get involved!

June 21-22, 2013  Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo – Stonewall, Texas
The 52nd annual event will celebrate the peach harvest with rodeo and bull riding events, dancing, live music, a parade, contests, auctions and more.

June 23-24, 2013  Southwest Foodservice Expo – Dallas, Texas
As the largest foodservice tradeshow in the region, Expo brings together all aspects of the industry for business, networking, education and fun.


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July Festivals and Events in Texas

July 3-7, 2013  66th Annual Fishin’ Fiesta – Freeport, Texas
Fishing Tournament, 5K Run, BBQ Cook Off, Coastal Expo, Entertainment, Jalepeno Eating Contest, Kids Hamburger Cookoff, Queen Contest and More.

July 4, 2013  DairyFest 2013 – Stephenville, Texas
DairyFest is held each year to recognize and promote the influence of the dairy industry in Erath, Comanche, and Hamilton counties. Bring the whole family and remind your employees, neighbors, and friends to come enjoy all the dairy-related food, games, and entertainment.

JULY 4, 2013 – There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 12-13, 2013  K-Town BBQ Cookoff & Music Festival – Kosciusko, Texas
Time to kick it in K-town. 8th annual K-town BBQ Cook-Off & Texas Music Concert.

July 12-13, 2013  65th Annual McDade Watermelon Festival – McDade, Texas
The festivities kick off Friday night with a street dance with live music, food and beverages. Saturday at 7am the melon weigh-in begins, followed by a parade and a full day of music, food, games, melon auction, and much, much more!

July 12-14, 2013  27th Annual Taste of Dallas – Dallas, Texas
Eat. Drink. Shop. Repeat.  Mark your calendars and get your tastebuds ready! The  largest tasting event in DFW. Prepare your palate for a weekend of culinary delights from Dallas’ top chefs and most popular restaurants – not to mention fantastic music, plenty for the kids to do, and lots to shop, eat and see. Taste of Dallas is a slice of life, served up hot and fresh and waiting for you. Attendance: 150,000.

July 13, 2013  Parker County Peach Festival – Weatherford, Texas
Offers many peach related foods as well as over 200 art/craft, food and activity booths, live music, children’s activities, the Peach Pedal bike ride and a domino tourney.  Attendance: 45,000.

July 19-20, 2013  Night In Old Fredericksburg – Fredericksburg, Texas
Great German food & drink, German & Texas music, arts and crafts, kids area, historical exhibits.

July 20, 2013  24th Annual Hempstead Watermelon Festival – Hempstead, Texas
The Watermelon Capital of Texas. Music, parade, great food and BBQ cookoff. Homegrown and commercial watermelon contests.

July 20, 2013  Chili and Chillin’ – Fredericksburg, Texas
What a perfect combination – Dishes inspired by gourmet chili peppers with perfectly matched Texas wine!  Music, frivolity and palate pleasing fare.  Come visit the Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 wineries!

July 20, 2013  Great Texas Lakefest & BBQ Cookoff – Somerville, Texas
The annual Great Texas LakeFest is presented by the Burleson County Chamber of Commerce event.  ‘Great Texas BBQ Cook-off’ Competition, Arts & Crafts, Food vendors, ‘Anything that Floats’ Regatta, Classic Car & Truck show, musical lineup and more.

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August Festivals and Events in Texas


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September Festivals and Events in Texas

September 14-15, 2013  Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show
Houston, Texas
Featuring presentations from your favorite Food Network Stars Live in our Celebrity Theater, plus over 300 exhibitors ranging from specialty food companies, caterers, stationers, appliance manufacturers and more! (also: www.metrocookinghouston.com/ )

September 21-22, 2013  Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show – Dallas, Texas
Featuring presentations from your favorite Food Network Stars Live in our Celebrity Theater, plus over 300 exhibitors ranging from specialty food companies, caterers, stationers, appliance manufacturers and more! (also: www.metrocookingdallas.com/ )
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October Festivals and Events in Texas

October 10-12, 2013  68th Annual Peanut Festival
Grapeland, Texas
The 68th annual festival will be fun for the entire family!

October 16-19, 2013  HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow – Dallas, Texas
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals.  Join HFTP in Dallas for unmatched education and networking – continue to build relationships with fellow HFTP members and get up-to-speed on current topics in the hospitality finance and technology industry.

October 23-26, 2013  MBAA Annual Convention – Austin, Texas
Master Brewers Association of the Americas

October 26, 2013  Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest – Fredericksburg, Texas
It is a full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun for all. Guest Chefs, 25 wineries, 100 different wines, 50 specialty booths.

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November Festivals and Events in Texas

November 28, 2013  Thanksgiving Day – Nationwide
All StatesThere are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.  (4th Thursday in November).

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December Festivals and Events in Texas

December 3-5, 2013  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. (also: www.farmshows.com  ) Attendance: 30,000.
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