Top 12 Food & Drink Events This Month: July 2019

Lone Star Bash | Photo courtesy of Texas Restaurant Association

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This month kicks off with a 4th of July cookout before the fireworks pop off, followed by a Fri-YAY rosé wine tasting, margarita-fueled bar crawl, and veggie-central vegan fest. Not cool enough for you? You’ll also find an inaugural Tex-Mex bbq block party held at Houston’s oldest brewery, African foods festival, and tree house happy hour set in the heart of Downtown. Check out July’s hottest culinary happenings.

Top 12 Food & Drink Events This Month: July 2019

  • July 4th Backyard Cookout at B.B. Lemon | Independence Day, Thursday, July 4 – Celebrate America’s birthday at B.B. Lemon’s all-American cookout. The eatery will be rolling out the grill and flipping burgers and hot dogs all day from 6pm to close, with live music by Buck Yeager Band, yard games, and special Independence Day food and drink packages. Get watermelon salad, a Texas wagyu burger or two Texas wagyu hot dogs, cottage fries, and strawberry shortcake for $29.76, and enjoy buckets of beer or Babe Rosé $17.76. After dinner, stick around for a great view of the Downtown fireworks. Reservations are recommended. 6pm to 10:30pm.
  • FriYAY Rose Wine Tasting at Brennan’s of Houston | Friday, July 5 – Cool off and say “cheers” to summertime at Brennan’s second annual FriYAY Rose tasting. Guests can taste several rosé selections and enjoy light bites at this walk-around tasting. Tickets are $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 4pm to 7pm.
  • Houston Margarita Crawl on Washington Avenue | Saturday, July 6 – You can expect more than five Washington Ave bars and restaurants to be participating in the Houston Margarita Crawl, with drink discounts at each venue, free take-home swag, and entrance to the after-party included in your ticket price. Tickets start at $20; up to $35 day of the event. 2pm to 8pm.
  • 7th annual VegFest at Minute Maid Park | Saturday, July 13 – Vegan Society of P.E.A.C.E. is bringing back Houston’s original vegan festival, VegFest Houston. Expect vendors, exhibitors, a kids zone, the popular “Ask a Vegan” panels and more. Tickets start at $20; $15 for ages 12 to 17; $10 for ages 6 to 11; free for children 5 and under. VIP passes are available. 11am to 5pm.
  • Texas vs. Belgium: Sour Ales Class at Public Services Wine & Whisky | Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 20 – The team at Public Services have gotten their hands on the illusive Jester King “Spon” Ales, so they’ll be tasting them alongside some classic Belgian sours. They’ll be offering two seatings for this tasting (Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 20), and each will feature the following: Spon 3 vintage cuvee, Spon aged with muscat grapes, Spon aged with syrah grapes, Oud Beersel Green Walnut lambic, Cantillon Geuze, and Lindeman’s “Cuvee Rene” Geuze. There will also be some snacks to pair alongside. Tickets are $59 plus tax per person for each tasting. 2pm to 3:30pm both days.
  • Taste of the Town at Baybrook Mall | Saturday, July 13 – Hit The Lawn at Baybrook, where you’ll jing local restaurants, wineries, breweries and more for a fun family evening of food, live music, and shopping. Taste of the Town will give guests a chance to sample dishes from local hot spots around town and the latest beers from local breweries. Tickets are $25; $10 for children ages 6 to 12). 5pm to 8pm.
  • Tex-Mex BBQ Block Party at Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Sunday, July 14 – Saint Arnold is teaming up with Houston Barbecue Festival for the inaugural Tex-Mex BBQ Block Party, celebrating the growing influence of Tejano and Tex-Mex cooking traditions in contemporary Central Texas-style craft barbecue. For $60, guests can taste unlimited samples of each vendor’s barbecue dish and enjoy Saint Arnold beer. Current participants are (subject to change) include Eduardo Ortiz of Eddie O’s Texas Barbecue, John and Veronica Avila of El Burro & the Bull, Joseph Quellar of JQ’s Tex-Mex BBQ, Dom Soliz of Mick Smokin BBQ, Ray and Genesis Dominguez of Ray’s Texas Smoke Barbecue, Willow Villarreal and Jasmine Barela of Willow’s Texas BBQ, Esaul Ramos of 2M Smokehouse in San Antonio, Tony Salazar of Taste of Texas Tex Mex BBQ in Beaumont. Tickets that are limited will be sold online (no ticket sales at the door). The event takes place in the air-conditioned Beer Hall and the adjacent parking lot, rain or shine. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Taste of Pan-Africa Food Festival at Ayva Events Center | Sunday, July 14 – Enjoy an evening of food, wine, music, networking, and philanthropy at this next installment of “The Taste of Pan-Africa Event Series.” Chefs from East Africa, South Africa, West Africa, Brazil, Haiti, and the Caribbean will arouse and excite the taste buds, and there will be authentic African clothes, jewelry, shoes, bags, and accessories for sale. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Hope For Us Charity. Tickets range between $5 to $25; pre-register for free. 1pm to 7pm.
  • Lone Star Bash at Minute Maid Park | Sunday, July 14 – Now in its fifth year, the Lone Star Bash brings together top chefs from around the state to celebrate and support the future of the restaurant industry. Attendees will enjoy chef-prepared tasting bites, live music, as well as beer, wine, and signature cocktails. This year’s lineup includes chefs Jessica Paul and Ricardo Molina of Molina’s Cantina, Carlos Ramos of Latin Bites, Colin Shine of Frank’s Americana Revival and more. Tickets are $60 to $150. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Mixers & Elixirs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science | Friday, July 19 – Party with the dinosaurs as the Houston Museum of Natural Science opens up its doors for an evening fête. July’s Mixers & Elixirs event is themed “From Houston to the Moon”, with The Space Rockers and DJ Dame Hype hyping up the dancefloor and food trucks including Dipped Dessert, Moon Rooster, Satellite Pizza, Foreign Policy, and Luv Me Tenders bringing the eats. Tickets are $25 for non-members; $15 for members. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Brunch Festival at Isle Eatery and Rum Bar & Engine Room Parking Lot | Saturday, July 20 – Head to 1515 Pease for a brunch extravaganza, with a Best Brunch Bite competition, celebrity judges, live entertainment, drinks and more. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $45 for VIP (unlimited mimosas, 3 food tickets for use between 11am and 1pm, VIP food area/tent). 11am to 6pm.
  • Tree House Happy Hour at The Grove | Saturday, July 20 – Enjoy happy hour over-looking the beautiful Discovery Green at The Grove’s Tree House Happy Hour series. Guests can expect drink specials and bar bites on the upstairs, including $3 beers, $6 cocktails, $5 house rosé and noshes like shrimp corn dogs ($6), bell pepper hummus ($8), and truffle fries ($5 to $10). 4pm to 7pm.

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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 .