The 13th annual Bayou City Arts Festival
hits downtown this weekend, and it's not just for art lovers. A large section of the festival each year is devoted to wine and food, and this year's festival is no different. In fact, all of Sam Houston Park (along McKinney and Bagby) is devoted to wine and food with concession stands, wine cafes and an Epicurean Adventure area.
The concessions this year run the gamut of cuisine from Indian (Krishna Higher Taste) to Greek (Hellenic Foods) to Cuban (First Cuban Cuisine) to plain old barbecue (Baines Family BBQ). And in the Epicurean Adventure area, you're free to sample wine and food from some of Houston's finest restaurants like Max's Wine Dive, Le Mistral, Artista, Essence and even food from the far-flung shores of Chez Roux at Lake Conroe.
The festival -- which has been ranked as the No. 3 festival in the nation by American Style -- runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 and free for children 12 and under.
Meanwhile, downtown will also be playing host to another popular festival this weekend: the 19th annual Turkishfest
, held at Jones Plaza. This is the first time that the Turkishfest will span two days -- Saturday and Sunday. Good for Turkish food and entertainment lovers; bad for anyone trying to park downtown this weekend. Along with many other food vendors, Cafe Pita +, one of our favorite restaurants in town, will be on hand with delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
Admission for Turkishfest is a mere $5 for adults and $3 for children. It runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Since the Turkishfest runs so much later on Saturday night, our suggestion is parking in between the Theater District and Jones Plaza, enjoying the Bayou City Arts Festival during the day and walking over to take in the Turkishfest spectacle (with belly dancers!) at night.