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Craft Brews, Shrimp Festivals, and Ghost Dinners in Foodie Events this Month!

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.

Every Wednesday and Saturday (8-11am) – Seeding Galveston Farm Stand is located at N & 33rd St. They have island-grown produce seasonally available. The garden is always open for walking about and visiting baby goats. This small market is a great neighborhood find. A list of what is available each week is at seedinggalveston.com. They also have farm fresh eggs available and frequently other products such as fruits, pepper sauces, and more. Contact seedinggalveston@yahoo.com or call (281)794-9899 for more info.

Pint Nights will be held this month 6-8pm at Beerfoot Brewery, 2816 Ave. R 1/2, Galveston. Buy the beer, keep the glass. It’s that simple! July 5th will be Back Pew; July 6th will be Saint Arnold; July 13th will be 8th Wonder.

July 11th, 12th (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.

July 14th, August 11th (8-10am): Galveston Cars & Coffee will be held at Taco Cabana, 2729 61st St., Galveston. Everyone is welcomed! Please come out and enjoy the car community, all vehicles are welcomed. Fika Java & Juicery will be selling coffee. No revving, burn outs or loud music. For more info find them on Facebook.

July 14th (10am-8pm) – Albatross Old Smokey Throwdown – Cooks start getting ready – it’s almost time to get those Old Smokey grills out and start planning and preparing for this annual cook-off. Categories are chicken wings, anything with bacon and the third category is meatballs. Albatross is located at 815 21st St.

July 20th-22nd – Galveston Cajun Festival – The third annual Galveston Cajun Festival has been rescheduled to this date and will celebrate the best of Texas- and Louisiana-styled food, family fun and live entertainment — island style! The grand event will be held on the beautiful grounds of Beach Central Park at the Hotel Galvez, 2102 Seawall. The festival will take place rain or shine. Festival hours will be 5-11pm on Friday, July 20th; 11am-11pm on Saturday, July 21st, and 11am-5pm on Sunday, July 22nd. The festival will feature a wide variety of Cajun food vendors, kid rides and live music from a wide array of performers across a variety of genres. Admission is $6 for adults. Kids 10 & under FREE! A portion of proceeds will go toward local charitable organizations in the area.

July 21st (3-7:30pm) – Boots ‘n Eats on the Beach with Bri Bagwell – Stewart Beach will host a huge party featuring a concert and food truck party held next to the Stewart Beach pavilion. It will feature a free concert from award-winning country music star and four-time Texas Female Vocalist of the Year Bri Bagwell. Six of the region’s most popular food trucks will be on hand offering a wide range of international culinary delights. For more info find the event on Facebook or go to galvestonbeachinfo.com.

July 24th (6-10:30pm) – Casino for a Cause – Join the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County for a night of fine dining, casino gaming, silent and live auctions, and music by The Line Up – all in the name of supporting victims of family violence and sexual assault in Galveston County. This will be held at Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd. Tickets are available at kdimmett@rccgc.org or (409)443-0521.

August 31st-September 2nd – BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival – Don’t miss one of the largest craft beer festivals in Texas as Galveston’s Moody Gardens hosts the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival over Labor Day weekend. The event will feature more than 400 craft beers with a celebration showcasing award-winning “brewmasters” at two signature events: the BrewLicious Beer & Food Pairing, and the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting. Attendees can hoist their mugs while enjoying live music, beer, and food pairing seminars, educational events about brewing, and more. This will be held at Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd. Admission prices vary. For more info go to brewmastersbeerfest.com.

September 28th-29th – Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival – Galveston Island is a seafood lover’s paradise all year round, but this September Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. will bring foodies a little taste of heaven at the Galveston Island Wild Shrimp Festival. Featuring some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer, the festival features a seafood cook-off, gumbo tasting, parade, live music, and more. For more info go to galvestonshrimpfestival.com.

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