Top 13 Food & Drink Events This Month: September 2017 (Updated)

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September is absolutely packed with worthwhile culinary experiences, both in and out of the sun. Beer lovers won’t want to miss the BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival and Houston Oktoberfest, while those looking to eat well should be sure to check out events like the Great Banh Mi Cook-Off, and Houston BBQ Throwdown. But that’s just a taste of what the month brings.

This list has been updated to reflect cancellations and postponements due to Hurricane Harvey.

Top 13 Food & Drink Events in Houston: September 2017

  • Houston Restaurant Weeks Extended through Saturday September 30 at Participating Restaurants Around Houston | Daily – Due to the effects of Harvey, Houston Restaurant Weeks has decided to extend their fundraiser through the end of September. Dine out for a good cause all month as part of this annual city-wide fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank. Restaurants will be offering prix fixe menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Times, prices, and locations vary.
  • Screwed Up Sunday at 8th Wonder Brewery | Sunday, September 10 – 8th Wonder Brewery has once again partnered up with Donkeeboy Art and Screwville for the third annual Screwed Up Sunday, paying homage to the creator of “chopped and screwed,” the iconic DJ Screw. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 the day of and include admission to the brewery for music, an interactive live art show, limited edition souvenir DJ Screw pint glass, and 3 beer tokens.
  • Pearland International Festival at Pearland Town Center | Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 – Now in its fifth year, this annual international fest offers a new line-up of events, including an intimate Friday evening concert followed by a full day of international food, vendor booths, and family activities and entertainment on Saturday. There will also be a “Taste of Pearland” VIP tent with wine, food, and fine art. Two-day tickets are available for $20; or Friday night access is $15 and Saturday access is $10, with $5 tickets for children 12 and under, military and seniors 65 and older. VIP tent tickets are $50.
  • Texas Taco Music Fest at Discovery Green | Saturday, September 16 – Locals are invited to enjoy the Texas Taco Music Fest in a unique celebration of fun, food, music, and Latin culture. The day will feature a Restaurant Throw Down Taco Cook-Off, live music and wandering musicians, dozens of cooking demonstrations and crafts booths, mechanical bull riding, and a special kid’s block. Tickets range from $10 to $120, but limited discounted tickets starting at $6 are available.
  • Index Fest at Post HTX | Saturday, September 16 – Formerly known as Untapped Festival, Index Fest will bring stellar celebrations of craft beer, music, food, and art from across the state of Texas. In addition to an awesome music lineup, guests can expect an impressive list of more than 75 craft breweries pouring a selection of 250 beers. Tickets and packages range from $25 to $130.
  • Come to the Table at The Beacon | Thursday, September 21 – Celebrated Houston chefs—including Lyle Bento of Southern Goods, Phillipe Gaston of Izakaya, Claire Smith from Alice Blue, Canopy, and Woodbar, and more—will come together in one kitchen to raise funds for The Beacon and its programs that serve Houston’s homeless. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings at the Garden Party Reception, followed by a four-course, wine-paired meal and live auction. Tickets start at $500, with additional sponsorship opportunities available.
  • A Taste of Lake Houston Festival at Kingwood Town Center | Saturday, September 23 | No Cover – Taste, see, and experience the best of what the Lake Houston area has to offer, as over 100 local eateries and food trucks line the streets and park alongside artists, crafters, boutiques and more. There will also be live music, craft breweries, wine tastings, and VIP bars.
  • Texas Hot Sauce Festival at Bayou City Event Center | Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 – This fiery annual event heats up with hot sauces, salsas, dips, spices, marinades, wing sauces, and jams from all over the country. Tickets are $10 and free for kids 12 and under. The festival benefits the Snowdrop Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer patients.
  • Houston BBQ Throwdown at Saint Arnold Brewery | Sunday, September 24 – The third annual Houston BBQ Throwdown will rock some of the best-smoked meats our city has to offer, with top area pitmasters serving dishes that represent their interpretation of Houston-style barbecue. Participating restaurants include Beaver’s Westheimer, Blood Bros. BBQ, The Brisket House, El Burro & the Bull, Feges BBQ (People’s Choice winner from 2016), Gatlin’s BBQ, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, Pappa Charlies Barbeque, Pinkerton’s Barbecue, The Pit Room, Roegel’s Barbecue Co, Tejas Chocolate Craftory, and Tin Roof BBQ, with more to come. Tickets are $65 and include beer and samples of each competition dish. Space is limited.
  • The Morning After, a Houston Press Brunch Event at Bayou City Events Center Pavilion | Saturday, September 30 – Sample your way through bottomless brunch offerings from over 25 of the hottest eateries at this second annual event. So far, the lineup of participating spots includes Boheme, Grazia, Max’s Wine Dive, the Moonshiners, Nourish, and Snooze. Tickets range from $25 to $80.
  • Galveston Island Shrimp Festival | Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 – Get a taste of the island at this local shrimp festival, which features special highlights like Friday’s VIP kick-off party ($50), Saturday’s Gumbo Stroll ($10), the Lil’ Shrimp’s Parade, and an official 5k beginning at 9am on Saturday morning.
  • Houston Oktoberfest at The Water Works | Saturday, September 30 – This craft beer festival brings a German twist, with polka music, German biers and brats, and the annual Oktoberfest Olympiad, featuring games like stein hoisting, brat tossing, and barrel rolling. Houston Oktoberfest will be donating profits from any ticket sold between 8/25 and 9/10 to the Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund. Advance tickets are $25 for general admission and $100 for VIP.
  • Whiskies of the World at the JW Marriott Galleria | Saturday,  September 30 – Whiskey fiends can sample more than 200 expressions of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Canadian, Japanese, Indian and other whiskies from around the world, along with food and cigar pairings at this returning event. Knowledgeable ambassadors will be pouring their whiskies all night long and guest can choose to attend one or two of several 40-minute seminars conducted by master distillers and brand representatives. Originally scheduled for Thursday, September 14, the event was moved due to Harvey. The organizers have decided to donate 50% of ticket sales to assist in Houston’s flood relief. Tickets are $120 for general admission and $145 for VIP.

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .