The weather cools down just enough to make walking outside a pleasant experience (rather than a survival one). The harvest festivals are in the works and Halloween is just around the corner. But harvest season comes one of North Texas‘ favorite pastimes: food and wine festivals.
Here are our top food and wine festivals happening in North Texas (with a bonus road trip!) This fall!
Food and Wine Festival # 1: McKinney Wine & Music Festival
When: October 16 – 17, 2021
Or: 1405 Wilson Creek Drive, McKinney
Stroll through Towne Lake Park’s Vendor Market setup to live music – sipping as you go! The McKinney Wine and Music Festival is back this year as a two-day event. Along with the local vendors’ market and local musicians, this outdoor event, rain or shine, features delicious food, local shopping, and a variety of over 100 North Texas wines to sample. , California, Oregon and elsewhere.
Purchasing a VIP pass allows for more exclusive perks, such as a bag of loot, access to taste special wines or beers, and private entertainment opportunities.
Food and Wine Festival # 2: Plano Food and Wine Festival
When: October 9, 2021
Or: Heritage West | 5908 Headquarters promenade, Plano
A food and wine classic in North Texas!
This will be the first year that the festival will take place at Legacy West. Participants will have the opportunity to sample 15 different restaurants and 30 different wineries, and of course explore the eternal Legacy West! Participating restaurants include Toulouse CafÃ© & Bar, Taverna Pizzeria & Risotteria, KAI Restaurant & Lounge, Lombardi Cucina Italiana, True Food Kitchen, The Dock, Prim & Proper and more.
Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and a portion of the proceeds will go to The Warrior’s Keep to provide outdoor therapy for veterans.
(Find out more about the Plano Food and Wine Festival here!)
Food and Wine Festival # 3: Annual Grape Festival
When: September 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2021
Or: Fredericksburg, Texas
It’s the biggest wine festival in the Southwestern United States! Sip wines from Texas, South Australia’s Barossa Valley, and California’s Napa Valley at the 35th annual GrapeFest.
Enjoy live music and multi-stage entertainment, a mid-way carnival and shopper’s paradise at the boutiques, galleries and select vendors of Main Street. And don’t miss the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the Southwest’s largest wine competition, judged by consumers!
Check Out All The Ticket Package Options Available To You Here! (Note: Admission is FREE all day Thursday, September 16!)
Food and Wine Festival # 4: Celina Craft and Cork
When: November 14, 2021
Where: Celina city center
The second annual Celina Craft & Cork is back! Local craft beer, gourmet wines and cheeses, whiskey tasting + cigar lounge are in the spotlight at this year’s tasting event.
Come and taste craft beers and wines from local breweries and vineyards. Live music, high end food vendors and market vendors for shopping will be plentiful. Celina Craft & Cork is free to attend, but beer and wine tasting tickets, food, and vendor items are for purchase.
Beer and wine sample cards will cost $ 25 per person and are valid for twelve 2 ounce beer samples or 1 ounce wine samples. Additional tasting cards will be available for $ 10 (6 additional samples).
Worth the Trip: Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest
When: October 21 – 23, 2021
Or: Fredericksburg, Texas
Driving distance: 5 hours
Yes this is a hike, but we prefer the term “escape opportunity!” “
This holiday in the land of hills is held downtown at Marktplatz (100 block from West Main Street). This year’s 30th Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest is a comprehensive celebration of Texas food and wine, with music, specialty booths, and even a cooking class presentation..
Admission for adults is $ 25, under 21s $ 5, and children 5 and under attend free. Find out more here!