Top 15 Food & Drink Events This Month: September 2019

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September brings the return of fun and tasty events, from the Taste of the Caribbean Festival and Galveston Island Shrimp Festival to bottomless brunch extravaganza, The Morning After. Get a taste of it all and more, with this month’s must hit food and drink events.

Top 15 Food & Drink Events This Month: September 2019

  • Houston Restaurant Weeks around Greater Houston | Through Labor Day, Monday, September 2 – There’s still a chance to enjoy prix fixe menus from over 250 participating restaurants during Houston Restaurant Weeks. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank. Check the lineup for specially priced lunches, brunches, and dinners at hot newcomers and old favorites. Prices and times vary by location.
  • Taste of the Caribbean Festival at Crown Festival Park | Sunday, September 1 – The 3rd annual Taste of the Caribbean Festival features live reggae, soca, salsa, meringue and more alongside a variety of foods that showoff the diverse flavors of the Caribbean, from Jamaican jerk chicken to Cuban roast pork and the curries of Trinidad. Tickets are $20 for presale. 2pm to 10pm.
  • 6th Annual Banh Mi Cook-Off Fundraiser at Warehouse Live | Tuesday, September 3 – BPSOS-Houston will host its annual banh mi cook-off and fundraiser, with banh mi creations from talented chefs including Evelyn Garcia (Decatur Bar & Pop-up Factory) and Kristen Powell (The Barking Pig), plus drinks and entertainment. Tickets are $35 for general admission, including unlimited samples. 6:30pm to 9pm.
  • The Art of Wining and Dining: Brunch & Bubbly at Sugar Land Town Square | Saturday, September 7 – Head to Sugar Land Town Square to taste a variety of samples from the Square’s most popular restaurants and bars from 10:30am to 12:30pm. There will also be local artisans, an interactive dueling piano show, an onsite chalk competition and more. Tickets for the brunch and bubbly are $10 for general admission; $25 for VIP; on-site entertainment is free. 10:30am to 3pm.
  • InAPickle Festival at Kingwood Town Center Park | Saturday, September 7 | No Cover – This inaugural Pickle Festival features local vendors with pickled items, plus food trucks, a pickle eating contest, pickle juice drinking contest, and family-friendly fun like face painting and mechanical bull riding. 11am to 5pm.
  • Summer Supper Pop-Up Dinner at Riel | Sunday, September 8 – Nett Lifestyle and Candlelighters of Houston is closing out its three-part supper series benefitting the research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. At this last dinner, guests will enjoy regional cuisine prepared by Chef Ryan Lachaine, cocktail pairings, a live DJ set by DJ Dayta, a silent art auction, and merchandise from local vendors. There are 40 seats available at $150 per person for each dinner. Click here to RSVP. 4pm to 7:30pm.
  • Screwed Up Sunday at 8th Wonder Brewery | Sunday, September 8 – Back for its fifth year, 8th Wonder’s Screwed Up Sunday celebrates the late, great DJ Screw (known for creating the “chopped and screwed” DJ technique) with beers, music, and a live interactive art show. Tickets for general admission are $40 and include three beer tokens and a limited-edition DJ Screw pint glass. 11am to 6pm.
  • Iron Bartender at Backstreet Cafe | Wednesday, September 11 – The Periwinkle Foundation has selected the finalists for its Iron Bartender competition: Jose Santiago, BCN Taste & Tradition; Garrett Jones, Johnny’s Gold Brick; Kristine Nguyen, Nancy’s Hustle; and Carlos “Chino” Serrano, Xochi. The four talented mixologists will compete for the throne, with each creating thoughtful cocktails to pair with a decedent multi-course tasting menu prepared by James Beard-winning Chef Hugo Ortega. Guests with VIP tickets ($150, limited) will have the opportunity to enjoy the handcrafted tasting menu and cast their vote for their favorite bartender to be crowned champion at the end of the evening. Tickets for general admission are available for $75 and will include access to five cocktail bars, food stations, passed bites, and a Bourbon and BBQ tent featuring five of Houston’s best pitmasters. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Houston Jerk Fest 2019 at Midtown Park | Saturday, September 14 – This fiery festival goes down at Midtown Park, with the main event being a jerk seasoning cookout and competition, plus fun stuff like food trucks, live music, a kids zone, vendors and more. Tickets are $20 for general admission, with VIP tickets available. 2pm to 10pm.
  • B52 & Rollin’ Local Monthly Beer Dinner at B52 Brewing | Wednesday, September 18 – B52 and Rollin’ Local are partnering on monthly Farm-to-Table beer dinners at the brewery, working together to use the freshest ingredients to create one-of-a-kind dishes and beers. Tickets are $50 online or you can stop into the brewery to purchase tickets and save on processing fees. 7pm to 10pm.
  • TacoWorld on Navigation Esplanade | Saturday, September 21| No Cover – Head to the East End for this free, all-day taco fiesta, featuring dozens of top local taco chefs and restaurants, a variety of food and beverage, all available a la carte, and live music, too. Noon to 10pm.
  • Vino at the Village at Lakeland Village Center | Saturday, September 21 – Guests are invited to stroll through the Lakeland Village Center while enjoying live entertainment and food and wine pairings at a variety of stops, with additional samplings at the center’s restaurants that include Local Table, Edelweiss Restaurant, and Chilosos Taco House. L3 Craft Coffee, Marble Slab Creamery, and Le Macaron. Other festivities include caricature artists, bounce houses, and an iPhone X giveaway. Tickets are $10 and include a wine glass and wrist band for all food tasting locations. All proceeds will be donated to Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. 5pm to 9pm.
  • Date Night Cooking Class: New-School Creole at Brennan’s of Houston | Friday, September 27 – Brennan’s continues its date night cooking class series with a special class featuring New-School Creole. Guests will learn how to prepare some of Brennan’s modern Creole favorites, beginning with a cocktail reception and followed by a cooking demonstration and dinner. Tickets for the meal are $150 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. 6:30pm to 9pm.
  • Galveston Island Shrimp Festival | Friday, September 27 through Saturday, September 28 – Highlights of the tenth annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival include the Gumbo Stroll and cook-off ($12 in advance, $17 day of) and Merchant Walkabout on Saturday, plus the VIP Sponsor Party ($50) at Saengerfest Park on Friday. Tickets for shrimp without the gumbo stroll (shrimp and beer dinner combo) are $20. Times vary.
  • The Morning After, A Houston Press Brunch Event at Silver Street Studios | Saturday, September 28 – Cure your hangover with this bottomless brunch extravaganza from the Houston Press, featuring endless bites from over 25 restaurants and vendors, plus a bubbly bar, bloody bar, as well as beer and cocktail sampling. Tickets are $40 for general admission; $65 for VIP. 11:30am to 2:30pm; 11am for VIP.

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Brooke Viggiano
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 .