prepare for food fest

Massive food festival serves up ethnic extravaganza to demanding downtown diners

Massive food festival serves up ethnic extravaganza to downtown diners

Houston Food Fest downtown
Food Fest draws large, hungry crowds.  Photo courtesy of Food Fest
Houston Food Fest downtown pita
Look for global, comfort fare like gyros.  Photo courtesy of Food Fest
Houston Food Fest downtown crowd pond
This year's crowd is expected to surpass last year's of 12,000.  Photo courtesy of Food Fest
Houston Food Fest downtown
Houston Food Fest downtown pita
Houston Food Fest downtown crowd pond

Houston, prepare for an event that will eat away at your day. Now in its second year, Houston Food Fest is a day-long extravaganza happening Saturday, August 18 that spotlights food and cuisine from all over the city. The people behind the Houston Food Fest want spectators to know that H-Town is one of the most diverse cities in America when it comes to culinary delights. (Something CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler touts on a regular basis.)

"The Houston Food Festival wants to be a platform for folks to come out and try Houston’s worldly cuisine all in one spot," says fest producer Marissa Saenz. 

According to Saenz, last year's debut festival was a huge success, with an estimated 12,000 people attending. Things are only getting bigger and better this year. Along with the 70 restaurants, food trucks, and vendors that'll be cooking up delicious dishes and meals, several sponsors — including Stella Artois, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey, and Lay's — will provide samples and other free stuff.

A Jack Daniel’s VIP patio with shaded seating and private restrooms has also been added as a ticket option. Music will also be a major component, as this year's showcase will feature eclectic, live performances from such local acts as Paper Wolf, Via Linda, Motion Hotel, Different Beast, and Galaxy Band.

Ultimately, the Houston Food Fest is here to remind Houstonians that if you want to take a date, your family, or yourself out for something to eat, this town has a world of options. And the organizers hope that world will continue to evolve, so the fest can evolve as well. Says Saenz, "Our goal is to continue to invest in the fest-goer's experience as we grow." 

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​Feast at the Houston Food Fest 2018 — Taste Houston on Saturday, August 18, at Hermann Square Park, 900 Smith St. Noon-10 pm. Tickets are $5 ($25 Jack Daniel's VIP Lounge). For more information, visit the official site