Texas Food Festivals

Due to the vastly varied cultures which comprise Texas, practically every type of food is available in the Lone Star State. And, those various types of food are inevitably celebrated with a variety of festivals each year.

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WurstFest crowd raising beer glasses
178 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130-7946, USA
Phone +1 830-625-9167

For over four decades, the German-influenced Hill Country town of New Braunfels has held their annual Wurstfest, which features plenty of sausage, strudel, pretzels, polka music, and more.

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Floresville Peanut Festival

Floresville Peanut Festival parade float with costumed children
Floresville Peanut Festival
1420 3rd St, Floresville, TX 78114-2249, USA
Phone +1 830-393-7303

Claiming to be the "Peanut Capitol of Texas," Floresville backs up its boast with the annual Peanut Festival, held the second weekend of October each year.

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Terlingua International Chili Championship

Mariposa Mine Rd, Terlingua, TX 79852, USA
Phone +1 214-802-9618

Held the first Saturday of November, the Terlingua International Chili Championship is the "grandaddy" of all chili cookoffs. This CASI-sanctioned event is actually a four-day festival that culminates with the chili cookoff on Saturday.

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Poteet Strawberry Festival

The annual Strawberry Festival draws over 100,000 visitors to the tiny town of Poteet. This event, which has been held for nearly 60 years, attracts nationally-known country music stars and Tejano entertainers in addition to the carnival, art show, rodeo, dances, parade, and “Taste of Texas” food show.

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Texas Hot Sauce Festival

Texas Hot Sauce Festival tasting
Texas Hot Sauce Festival
Houston, TX 77045, USA

The Texas Hot Sauce Festival is the Bayou City's showcase event for any type of sauce with a little "kick" in it, including hot sauce, salsa, barbecue sauce, Bloody Mary mix, and more.

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Czhilispiel Festival

Based in the Czech settlement of Flatonia, Czhilispiel (pronounced 'chili spill') has been held annually for over 30 years, drawing some of the best chili and BBQ cook-off teams from across the state.

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Luling Watermelon Thump

Luling Watermelon Thump parade float
Luling Watermelon Thump
319 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648, USA
Phone +1 830-875-3214

Luling's annual Watermelon Thump is a four-day celebration of everyone's favorite summer treat—watermelon. The festival includes a carnival, kiddie rides, food booths, live entertainment, watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest, and more.

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Texas Mushroom Festival

Texas Mushroom Festival
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Held in Madisonville, the Texas Mushroom Festival features a cooking contest, mushroom growing demonstrations, wine tasting, children's activities, photography contest, live music, and more.

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Austin Ice Cream Festival

Austin Ice Cream Festival woman with cone sculpture
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500 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Phone +1 512-974-6700

Held at Waterloo Park, the Austin Ice Cream Festival is a great way to cool off from the summer heat. The festival itself includes games, activities, live entertainment and, of course, ice cream.

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Texas Rice Festival

307 E Le Blanc Rd, Winnie, TX 77665, USA
Phone +1 409-296-4404

Winnie's annual Texas Rice Festival is held each October to help celebrate the harvest of the rice crop. The event features food, a carnival, livestock show, arts & crafts, and live music from top Texas and Nashville entertainers.

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Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival

Offering great music, food, and exhibits, the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival draws over 40,000 spectators on an annual basis.

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Pasadena Strawberry Festival

Amusement park ride
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7902 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77507, USA
Phone +1 713-848-5333

Pasadena's annual Strawberry Festival has been a Texas favorite for over three decades and features a wide variety of activities and entertainment including skydiving, bingo, live music, strawberry eating contests, strawberry cooking, barbecue cookoff, mud volleyball, a carnival, and more.

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Dublin Dr Pepper Birthday Celebration

Held each year in Dublin, the Dr. Pepper Birthday Celebration pays homage to a true Texas original—Dr. Pepper. During the birthday celebration, visitors are treated to free tours of the bottling plant and museum. Carnival games and food booths are also on site during the celebration.

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Texas Reds Festival

People looking at their glasses of wine
Texas Reds Festival
3350 S Texas Ave, Bryan, TX 77802, USA
Phone +1 979-822-4346

Held each October in Bryan, the Texas Reds Festival is an ode to red wine and steak. With more than 20 wineries participating, this steak and wine festival features wine tasting, a steak cook-off, live entertainment, a 'KidZone' and more. Started in 2007, the Texas Reds Festival also showcases the arts and historic downtown Bryan. Although tickets must be purchased for steak and wine, there is no admission charge to the Texas Reds Festival, qualifying it as one of Texas' best "free" festivals.

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