4 Best Food Festivals in Texas

Travelers interested in local food and fun festivals will find plenty to keep them entertained during a trip through Texas. The state is bursting with a variety of foods, and virtually every city has fun events throughout the year that you're welcomed to join. These are four of the best food festivals in Texas that a traveler would enjoy.

The State Fair of Texas in Dallas

The State Fair of Texas is a huge annual celebration that has taken place in Dallas since 1886. If you're in town any time from the end of September through October, you'll love the food and fun that is offered. Wine tastings, art exhibits, pig races, livestock showcases, live music, and more are scheduled throughout the event's running in Dallas. In terms of food, you can look forward to the best of traditional fair fare as well as gourmet options.

The Roanoke Roundup in Roanoke

The Roanoke Roundup is a newer festival that's only in its third year. The most recent celebration was held May 5, 2018, and next year's roundup is currently being planned. The main feature of the event is an all-day steak cook-off. You can also attend to enjoy shopping, live music, a classic car show, and more.

Getting a hotel in Roanoke is a great way to fully experience the festival. Plus, the city is central to Denton, Fort Worth, and Dallas. This makes it easy to try all the incredible food available throughout the metroplex area.

The Texas Hot Sauce Festival in Houston

If you're in Houston this September and are craving something spicy, don't miss the Texas Hot Sauce Festival. This event capitalizes on the city's unique mix of Texas and Gulf culture, featuring not only a showcase of hot sauces and salsas but also a range of locally made foods for you to try. Live musical performances, pickle eating contests, and other events are scheduled throughout the two-day event. The Texas Hot Sauce Festival is set for September 22 and 23. Tickets are $12, but kids under 12 years old get in for free. Parking is free, too. The festival will be held at the Bayou City Event Center.

The Kemah Crawfish Festival in Kemah

If you want a festival with an even stronger Gulf Coast focus, go to the Kemah Crawfish Festival. Kemah is a small city southeast of Houston that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. This is the perfect backdrop for a festival devoted to a Houston area favorite: crawfish. In addition to plenty of food, vendors will be selling locally made goods and there will be live music to enjoy.

The next Kemah Crawfish Festival is scheduled for April 19, 20, and 21. The event is held under the Kemah Bridge. Tickets cost $8, but kids who are 12 years old and younger can attend for free.

Texas is a fantastic place for a food lover. No matter when you're traveling through the state, you can find an event to satisfy your culinary needs. Head to these and other food-related events held in cities throughout Texas during the year.

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June 20, 2019

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