10 Fun Food Festivals Coming Up This Spring
18th Annual Bayou City Cajun Festival
Dates: April 13 and 14
Authentic Cajun favorites including crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice, boudin balls, sausage po-boys, fried alligator, gumbo and boiled crawfish will be served up by the French Quarter Market & Grill Restaurant and the Houston Heritage Cajun French Music Association of Louisiana, a not-for-profit organization created to preserve Cajun culture. Admission is free (although parking is $3) and also features live performances by the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Zydeco Dots, Waylon Thibodeaux and more.
Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival
Dates: April 18 to 21
The highlight of each year's Food & Wine Festival on Galveston Island is the Grand Tasting held in downtown's Saengerfest Park, featuring over 130 wines, samples from Galveston's best restaurants, live music, art and jewelry vendors and more. The Grand Tasting always sells out, so get your tickets in advance. Tickets are $55 for general admission or $110 to go VIP.
27th Annual Texas Crawfish Festival
Dates: April 19 to 21 and April 26 to 28
Two weekends of nothing but crawfish in Old Towne Spring is enough of a draw, but the Texas Crawfish Festival is also known for bringing in great live acts each year too. Last year saw The Old 97s, The Literary Greats and Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers among many more. Ticket prices and music line-ups haven't yet been announced for 2013, but stay tuned for updates at the festival's Facebook page.
40th Annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Photo by Adrienne Byard
Dates: May 17 to 19
The three-day Strawberry Festival -- now celebrating four decades -- attracts over 45,000 visitors to the Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds complex each year. They come to see the world's largest strawberry shortcake (and eat a slice of it), the washer pitching tournament, the slew of beauty pageants, the mud volleyball tournaments and -- of course -- eat a staggering amount of strawberries, chocolate-dipped or plain. Tickets are $12 and proceeds benefit the San Jacinto Day Foundation.
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