You’ve sipped a red, a white, a rosé. You’ve sampled the chocolate ganache topped with raspberry sauce. And now you’re swirling your tasting glass while saying something revelatory about the acidic bite of your Riesling—only it’s Sauvignon Blanc. Congratulations, you’re at a Texas food and wine festival! These are our top 10:
Savor Dallas | April 1–7 | Various locations
This weeklong affair, which takes place across the Big D, is for serious foodies. Years past have featured a party at a chef’s house, a 10-course pairing dinner, and barbecue and mixology celebrations. The grand tasting at Fair Park’s Centennial Hall showcases 50-plus restaurants and chefs, and even more wine and spirits producers. $45–$200.
Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival | April | Various locations
This year included a tacos-and-tequila tasting, a pitmaster’s picnic with barbecue bigwigs, and a packed headlining party boasting 100-plus wines. Next year’s fest is expected to be even bigger, with new venues and events yet to be announced. $50–$125.
Lubbock Uncorked | April 12 | American Windmill Museum
In a beautiful setting, surrounded by dozens of windmills, 30 Texas wineries highlight grapes grown in the Lubbock area. Expect live music on two stages, a food-and-wine pairing class, a beer garden, and a “wine valet” with whom you can drop off purchases as you continue tasting. $30–$40.
Waco’s Rootstock | April 13 | Indian Spring Park
This family-friendly springtime fest features a dinner prepared by Waco-area chefs with local wine pairings, right on the Waco Suspension Bridge over the Brazos River. As for the main tasting event, more than 15 wineries will be featured, and attendees get to taste 12 wines. From $40.
Austin Food & Wine Festival | April(ish) | Auditorium Shores and Fair Market
The Coachella of the group, this weekend fest is known for its giant parties featuring live music and chef competitions. Though the schedule won’t drop until January, expect big-name chefs and large crowds. From $250.
Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival | April 27–29 | Saengerfest Park
Last year’s grand tasting included some of the best-known wineries in America—Robert Mondavi, Blackbird, and Michael David among them—pairing pours with light bites. Want to work for that wine? Compete in the Champagne 5K fun run, complete with post-race bubbly. $72–$115.
Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair | April | Various locations
This year the event grew from four days to five. In 2019, expect special wine-pairing dinners, a Grand Tasting hosting award-winning chefs from Houston and across the nation, and the ever-popular Sip and Stroll, an evening of decadence in Brazos River Park. From $40.
Culinaria San Antonio | May | Venue TBD
Over four days last spring, the fest impressed foodies with a taco throwdown, sunset party, burger bash, and grand tasting held at luxury resort La Cantera. Stay tuned for details on 2019, but it’s safe to expect restaurant pop-ups, citywide seminars, and plenty of fun. $75–150.
Dripping Springs’ Dripping with Taste Wine and Food Festival | September | Mercer Street
This 11-year-old fest celebrates Hill Country life with live Americana music, grape stomping, and, fittingly, live football games on big screens. All wines and food vendors are from Texas.
Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest | October 27 | Marktplatz
Dating back to 1991, this O.G. fest is as intensely Texan as it is laidback, showcasing Lone Star State wineries only—more than 20, at that—plus specialty foods, live music, and, oh yeah, a gargantuan grape toss. From $25.