The 7 Best Food Festivals In Texas 2020

As home to some of the country’s best BBQ to brisket, burgers, and beer, it comes as no surprise that some of the world’s best food festivals are in Texas. And, while most out-of-towners associate the Lone Star State with nothing but meat-based dishes and deep-fried desserts, the foodie culture here is actually alive and very well.

The best food festivals in Texas for 2020 cater to a wide range of tastes. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or are literally just looking to stuff your face with the sweetest of treats, the big ole state of Texas has got you covered.

And, seeing as the state’s so massive, we went ahead and did the dirty work for you. Here are seven of the best food festivals in Texas that you’re going to definitely want to plan on visiting in 2020.

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1. Texas Hot Sauce Festival

As one of the states with the absolute best BBQ, it’s hard to deny that Texas is home to some pretty great sauce. The Texas Hot Sauce Festival has been going on for over 20 years and it’s hotter than ever. However, a ticket to this Texas food festival grants you access to more than just a taste test of the state’s best hot sauce. You’ll also get to sample salsa, barbecue sauce, Bloody Mary mix and so much more.

2020 dates: Exact dates TBA, but it’s usually in September

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2. Austin Ice Cream Festival

Head to Waterloo Park to check out the best sweet treats in the Lone Star State. Each June the trendy city of Austin holds a fun ice cream festival where you can spend the day celebrating all things ice cream. Enjoy ice cream from your favourite local and national ice cream companies in a beautiful park with live music, kids activities, and even delicious contests.

2020 Dates: Exact dates TBA, but it’s usually in June

3. Meat Fight

With a name like Meat Fight, it’s pretty clear what makes this one of the best Texas food festivals for 2020.  What is Meat Fight? Technically, it’s a “Texas non-profit on a mission to make giving to charity an undeniably entertaining experience.” However, at the core of it all, it’s a chance to indulge in some of the state’s best barbecue and meat-based treats. Bacon doughnuts, anyone?

2020 Dates: Exact dates TBA, but it’s usually in November

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4. Texas Reds Festival

Love red wine and steak? Of course you do! Texas Reds Festival is an exciting showcase of the two. Wineries and chefs participate in this steak and wine festival to highlight some of the most creative flavours of the year. You’ll be able to head to steak cook-offs and live entertainment, all with a glass of world-class wine in your hand.

2020 Dates: September 25th to 27th

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5. Czhilispiel

Flatonia is a Czech settlement in Texas. So, you can only imagine how entertaining and delicious this fun food festival is. Czhilispiel has been one of the most anticipated festivals in the city for over 30 years. They hold cultural activities but what we’re really after is the chance to check out the margaritas, beans, and especially the BBQ cook-offs; they judge for brisket, pork spare ribs, and chicken.

2020 Dates: Exact dates TBA, but it’s usually in October

6. Luling Watermelon Thump

If you’re not from the South then you’ll certainly enjoy participating in the four-day extravaganza that is the Luling Watermelon Thump. The centre of this festival is watermelon, of course. And, you’ll get the chance to cool off in the summer heat by participating in a watermelon seed spitting contest or watermelon eating contest.

2020 Dates: June 25th to 28th

7. D-Town Food Fest

We’ve saved one of the best for last, as the D-Town Food Fest is without a doubt one of the best food festivals in Texas to visit for 2020. This is the premier food festival for true foodies, showcasing local restaurants, local eateries, local cafes and local food trucks. This year they hosted over 60 enticing food trucks, and you can expect a whole lot more in 2020.

2020 Dates: April 18th to 20th

Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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