Every Thursday-Sunday: Taste of The Strand Food Tour – At the Taste of The Strand walking and tasting tour, sample appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and other edibles from 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.
October 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st (6-9pm) – Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour Dinner – During the month of October, Hotel Galvez & Spa offers its popular ghost tour dinner weekly to guests. The hotel’s resident ghost expert/concierge takes participants on a 1½ hour tour through the hotel’s ghostly past which is followed by three-course dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill. Priced at $65 per person (inclusive of tax and server gratuity), the public ghost tour is only available as part of the dinner-tour package. Advance reservations are required. “Ghost Lab” on the Discovery Channel and “Ghost Stories” on The Travel Channel have featured Hotel Galvez and its ghosts. For ghost tour dinner reservations, call (409)765-7721.
October 13th (12 noon-4pm): The Great Texas Mac & Cheese Festival – This is the inaugural Great Texas Mac & Cheese Festival in Saengerfest Park in Downtown Galveston. The Heights Funk Collective Band will be playing 1-4pm during the festival. This festival is geared toward kids and schools in Galveston.The festival consists of: Kid’s Mac & Cheese cooking contest with two categories: Traditional and Creative, local chef prepared Mac and Cheese tasting, the Greatest Cheesy Chef Challenge and public judging, Cheesy Joke contest for kids, Macaroni Art Contest, and The Great Noodle Skadoodle – a carb-loaded stroll along The Strand visiting shops and candy stores. For more info visit texasmacncheesefest.com or go t0 facebook.com/events/1866996510014897. This is presented by Yaga’s Kids Club. Tickets are $12.
October 17th (6:30-9:30pm): Stellekaya – South African Wine Dinner at Riondo’s Ristorante – The wines will be by Stellekaya and are South African. They will be paired with dishes prepared by Chef Rico. Tickets are priced at $85 per person (including tax and gratuity) and can be purchased at riondos.com/tickets/stellekaya, email email@example.com, or call (409)621-9595 for reservations.
October 21st (10am-2pm): Oktoberfest Little Smokey Cookoff – Albatross will be hosting the Oktoberfest Little Smokey Cookoff with 10 teams participating in the cook-off. As with all of our Old Smokey events, entries can only be prepared on premises and on a Old Smokey Grill. Entry fee is $20. Signup at Albatross. Categories for the event will be Best Brat and German Open. First place winners in each category will win entry entry into the annual Old Smokey Throwdown held in July 2019.