Top 12 Food & Drink Events This Month: May 2019

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This month brings not one but two crawfish festivals, a food and wine festival in one of Houston’s hottest ‘burbs, a whiskey-fueled tasting worth dressing up for, and the return of a few cultural favorites—AsiaFest and the Houston Greek Festival. Here’s everything you need to put on your May calendar.

Top 12 Food & Drink Events This Month: May 2019

  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at El Big Bad | Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 | No Cover – Head to the Downtown gastrocantina and margarita bar for a weekend-long Cinco de Mayo celebration. Details are tbd, but past parties have included everything from liquid nitrogen margaritas and tequila samples to photo booths and donkey face painters. 11am daily.
  • Rails & Tails Mudbug Fest at Tomball’s Depot Plaza | Saturday, May 4 | FREE – You’ll find tasty crawfish, toe-tapping tunes, and family fun (including crawfish racing) at the eighth annual Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival. The musical lineup includes the Powell Brothers, Bayou Roux, Phineus Reb and the Allen Oldies Band, and there will also be plenty of vendors to shop, a kids zone, and pot-loads of crawfish, fried ‘gator, boudin balls, etouffee’, and other festival eats. Admission and parking are free. Gates open at 11am.
  • 504 Day: Crawfish & Music Festival 2019 at Midtown Park | Saturday, May 4 – Beads, beignets, crawfish and drinks, and bounce and brass await at this Crescent City-inspired crawfish and music fest. Food trucks will be on site throughout the day, and guests can pre-order crawfish or buy on site. Gates open at 11am. Tickets are $25 for general admission. 11am to 6pm.
  • Taste of Memorial City Food & Wine Festival at The Lawn at Memorial City | Saturday, May 4 – The first annual Taste of Memorial City Food & Wine Festival will showcase 30+ restaurants, chefs, breweries, and winemakers alongside live music, a culinary market, VIP lounge, and chef demonstrations. Tickets are $35 for general admission; $60 for VIP. 4pm to 6pm.
  • Mother’s Day By Choice: Lucky Cat Brunch at Ralph Smith Studios | Sunday, May 5 – One week before Mother’s Day, the I’ll Have What She’s Having nonprofit organization is offering Houstonians an opportunity to celebrate Texas Women – Moms, unMoms, and future Moms – with a family-style dim sum meal. Helping to raise community awareness and funds in support of women’s health, the event will feature creative cuisine by Alexandra Pena (The Dunlavy), Evelyn Garcia (Decatur Bar), Mary Cuclis (Pondicheri), Benchawan Jabthong (Street to Kitchen), Dory Fung (Secret Taste, Fung’s Kitchen), Shiva DiVirgilio (Rishi Hospitality) and Fah Vorarittinapa (Lemongrass Café), alongside handcrafted beverages from Kris Sowell and Laurie Harvey (The Ladies of Libation) and JoJo Martinez (J Martini Services). Tickets are $75 per person. 10:30am to 1:30pm.
  • AsiaFest 2019 at Asia Society Texas Center | Saturday, May 11 | No Cover – Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this cultural festival, which hosts an international bazaar, performances, arts and crafts, fusion cuisine, and live demonstrations at Asia Society Texas Center. New this year, guests can embark on an adventure through Asia, using a passport to explore different regions’ traditions, cultures, and food. This event is free and open to the public. 11am to 5pm.
  • Houston Taco & Margs Crawl on Washington Ave | Saturday, May 11 – Taco and tequila fans can join in on the Houston Taco & Margs Crawl, taking place at a lineup of Washington Avenue bars, from Clutch Bar, Kung Fu Saloon and Lincoln Bar to The Standard, Handlebar, and Daisy Dukes. Tickets are $17.99 and include themed specials at each stop. The fun starts at Clutch Bar at 2pm.
  • 6th Annual Houston Whiskey Festival at Bayou Place (Postponed) | Saturday, May 11 – The 6th Annual Houston Whiskey Festival will offer a plethora of different whiskey, bourbon, scotch, and other fine spirits as Festival goers enjoy whiskey seminars, cigar lounge, live music, and socializing. Cocktail dress and blazers are required (business attire at minimum). Tickets for general admission are $65; VIP tickets for $125. 6pm to 10pm. Due to heavy rains, this event has been postponed to Saturday, June 29, 2019. All tickets previously purchased for this event will be honored for the new date.
  • Houston Greek Festival at St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church | Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19 – All ages are welcome to celebrate Hellenic at this annual festival, which offers a taste of the finest in Greek foods, pastries, church tours, shopping, music and dancing, traditional Greek costume, shopping, and children’s activities. Nosh on spanakopita, souvlaki, pastichio, dolmades, Greek salad, gyros, baklava, loukoumades, Greek wine and more. Tickets are $3 per person. Times vary.
  • Tacos over Texas at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation | Sunday, May 19 – Originally scheduled in April but pushed back due to rain, the Ninfa Laurenzo Scholarship Fund’s annual fundraising event, Tacos Over Texas, event will now take place in May. The event brings together chefs from around the country to share their cooking skills in a friendly competition that celebrates the history and transformation of Houston’s passion for multicultural food, in collaboration with El Tiempo Cantina and The Original Ninfa’s On Navigation. Guests can unlimited samplings from participating chefs and restaurants, beer and margaritas, live music, and more. Tickets are $40 for general admission (unlimited samples and two drink tickets included); $200 for VIP. 1pm to 4pm; noon for VIP.
  • Houston Pasta Festival at Bayou City Event Center | Sunday, May 19 – Over 20 Houston restaurants will participate in the second annual Houston Pasta Festival, including some of the city’s most popular Italian chefs and restaurants, from ROMA Italian Eatery and BOH Pasta to Paulie’s and Pizza Motus. Enjoy long and short pasta, stuffed pasta, layered pasta, and a wide variety of sauces and toppings, and attend a panel discussion on “Pasta Today in Houston” with leading Houston-based food experts and writers. Tickets are $35 online; $40 at the door. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Taste of Louisiana Festival at Brazos River Park | Saturday, May 25 – Experience the flavor and culture of Louisiana at this fun, all-ages festival, which features carnival foods, refreshing beverages, and Louisiana eats in addition to chefs demos, a lineup of live brass and zydeco music, a kids zone with inflatables, arts and crafts, vendors and more. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for children. 2pm to 9pm.

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