Every Thursday – Sunday – Taste of The Strand Food Tour – The Taste of The Strand walking and tasting tour is the largest guided food tour in Texas! Your taste buds are sure to be dazzled as you sample appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and other edibles from these well-known Galveston institutions. Tickets are $89.95 per person. Purchase tickets at tasteofthestrand.com. Tours are scheduled Thursday-Sunday at 1-4pm and 5-8pm. Weather permitting, tours begin at 2028 Strand at the corner of 21st and Hendley Green. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure.
Every Thursday (3-7pm) and Sunday (8am-1pm) – Galveston’s Own Farmers Market at The Bryan Gardens – Join the fun in the beautiful Conservatory and botanical gardens to relax and enjoy time and conversation with friends, family, and Museum staff. Galveston’s Own Farmers Market brings locally grown produce, prepared foods, and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas. The Thursday market features all the goodness that you’ve come to expect at the market, plus the added charms of the Bryan Museum’s “Wine at the Bryan” weekly event. The Sunday market also features wonderful goods and the charm of Bryan’s courtyard. For more info and to see what vendors will be at each market, go to facebook.com/GalvestonsOwnFarmersMarket.
March 7th, 8th, April 11th, 12th, May 9th, 10th, June 13th, 14th (6-9pm) – Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour Dinner – Do you believe in ghosts? Hotel Galvez & Spa presents “Dinner with the Ghosts.” During the tour, the hotel’s concierge guides participants through the ghostly past of the hotel followed by dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill. Priced at $56 per person (inclusive of tax and server gratuity), the one-hour public ghost tour is only available as part of the ghost dinner package. Advance reservations are required. For reservations, call (409)765-7721.
March 7th (5-9pm) – Flights and Bites featuring 512 Brewery – It’s time for this month’s Flights and Bites at Beerfoot Brewery, 2816 Ave. R ½. This month the Bites Menu will feature 512 Brewing celebrating Texas Independence along with Texas Caviar, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, BBQ Brisket, and Pecan Pie Tart. More info is at facebook.com/beerfootbrewery.
March 17th (12 noon-5pm) – Luck of the Irish BBQ at Saengerfest Park – This annual event will benefit Ronald McDonald House of Galveston. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this event, organized by Ryan Conner. Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston. Come enjoy delicious BBQ, live music, fun, libations, and good ol’ Irish cheer as we help benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston. BBQ Chicken and Sausage plates will be $12, or 2 for $20. There will be a silent auction, face painting, and much more. For more info go to facebook.com/The-Conner-Foundation-of-Galveston.
March 24th (11am-3pm) – Epicurean Event: Spring Festival – This family friendly event will be held at Tin Cup Caddyshack, 9020 Stewart Rd., Galveston. Come dressed in costume or your festive attire. Cost is $10 per person and includes a bucket of balls and a light lunch. All proceeds of this Epicurean Event go to the Junior League of Galveston County. The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more info go to facebook.com/events/133920434005680.
April 15th (11am) – BrisketU Backyard Pitmaster Class – BrisketU is the perfect setting for indoor and outdoor hands-on instruction on smoking brisket and other cuts of beef, pork and fowl. Experienced pitmasters, passionate about the BBQ culture, teach proven techniques for mastering your BBQ pit. In a casual atmosphere, BrisketU will endow you with the tools and skills to choose the right meat, trim it, rub it, smoke it, baby it, cut it, serve it and eat it. In addition, BrisketU imparts the finer points on wood selection and smoke profiles, fire ignition tips and heat management, and best practices to ensure you a consistent outcome every time you crank up the pit as a certified BrisketU Pitmaster. This will be held at Galveston Island Brewery, located at 8423 Stewart Rd., Galveston. For more info call (409)740-7000 or go to galvestonislandbrewing.com.
April 15th (12 noon-8pm) – Lil Smokey “Chopped Style” will be held at Albatross, 815 21st St. That’s right – you’ve seen the Food Network show, now it’s time to flex your mystery ingredient Old Smokey grillin’ might! Space is limited to ten teams. Entry is $40 per team. Sign up at the bar. The day of the event, they will unveil a mystery box containing a protein and other ingredients. Everything in your mystery box must be used to create your best dish using only your Old Smokey Grill and your mad grillin’ skills. Teams will have 6 hours to dream up, prep, cook, and present their grub. Dishes will be judged and a king or queen crowned.