There is one fact about about Texas that is indisputable: Texas knows food. From chocolate to hot sauce, there’s a festival for every foodie’s craving.
Salado Chocolate & Wine Weekend
The Village of Salado in Central Texas hosts its annual Chocolate & Wine Weekend every fall, featuring seven major events throughout a three-day weekend. Between chocolate and wine tastings, music, and demonstrations, there’s a little something to satisfy all cravings.
Pfall Chili Pfest
Head out to Pflugerville for the annual Pfall Chili Pfest, headlined by the world-renowned Chili Appreciation Society International. In addition to the Pflugerville’s Best Community Chili contest, attendees can check out the Heat Wave Car Show, jalapeno eating contest, and arts and crafts.
The Italian Cultural & Community Center sponsors the annual Festa Italiana to promote Italian Culture in the greater Houston community. Experience Italy with music by Italian pop singer Aaron Caruso, live entertainment like “Bingo! With an Italian Taste,” pasta eating contest, beer tasting and wine tasting.
Texas Blueberry Festival
The 28th annual Texas Blueberry Festival is a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest in the Lone Star State in historic downtown Nacogdoches. Over 19,000 people travel to this event as the only state-sanctioned blueberry festival in Texas to participate in blueberry-inspired entertainment, arts and craft vendors, and tasty local fare.
Hot Sauce Festival: Hell on Meals
One of the largest hot sauce competitions yet, the Hot Sauce Festival is one of Austin’s best-known events. Over 10,000 people travel to taste the 350 scorching hot sauce entries. Attendees come for the hot sauce but stay for the extras – local restaurant tastings, cooking demonstrations, cookbooks, peppers and live music. The event fundraises for the Central Texas Food Bank.