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TPWD measuring oysters - Rockport, TX

Down here in Rockport-Fulton, Oysterfest is upon us again, and this year may be the best yet. Check out this well-composed Houston Chronicle article by Greg Morago for details on the history of the Texas oyster and the support needed to keep the delicacy on our plates in the future.

Hurry up and get your Pepper Groves and Dollar Points while you can!

(Or how about a Matagoyster? hmmm…)

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Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is fast approaching, and it’s a traditional holiday down here in South Texas. According to Wikipedia, scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years – to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl. Pronounced ‘Mikt-eyk-as-see-wahl’. In case anyone asks.

If you are in South Texas, head to Port Isabel for the celebration and enjoy a skull candy workshop, listen to poetry, learn altar making and watch the talented live entertainment. Or gather up your friends/family and throw your own! In search of ofrendas? Vosges has these yummy chocolate skulls ready to go…or try this yummy salted pumpkin caramel recipe from Amanda Hesser. Sure to bring em’ back to the living. Don’t forget the calaveras, pan de muerto and decorations!

Quien con la esperanza vive, alegre muere!

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Texas Olive Ranch Harvest & Gold Crush

Open to Visitors Sept. 14-15

Texas Olive Ranch will be open for visitors to observe the largest olive harvest in Texas history on September 14-15, 2010 from 9 am to 2pm. The 2010 Gold Crush Texas Olive Harvest is expected to be the most abundant in Texas olive agriculture history. During visitors hours, mechanical harvesting and the complete process of pressing extra virgin olive oil will be open for view: harvester operation, weighing fruit bins, filling the mill hopper, and milling the new oil, or ‘Oliva Nueva,’ the Tex-ified version of the Italian “Olio Nuovo.” We will be sampling remarkably spicy, flavorful Oliva Nueva as it is produced. Hats and boots are recommended. Texas Olive Ranch is between Asherton, Texas and Carrizo Springs, Texas on CR 1557, about two hours southwest of San Antonio by car. Overnight visitors are encouraged to make reservations for accommodations early as space is limited.

On Tuesday, September 14, the USDA and Texas Olive Oil Council are sponsoring Olive Oil Field Day, a seminar to provide information about olive agriculture in Texas (agenda). Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, will be speaking at noon. After the seminar, there will be a soapmaking demonstration by Kathy White, KatNip Natural Bath & Body, Clear Lake. Orchard and presshouse tours will be ongoing during the day both days.

During the harvest event, PBS will be filming a documentary about the Texas olive industry. Texas Olive Trails follows the emergence of olive agriculture in the historically innovative agricultural Winter Garden region of the Middle Rio Grande in South Texas, along with the challenges of weather, water availability, rocks, varmints and more.

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This historic newspaper clipping shows a float*, built by Port Aransans to represent the town in various festivals, as it paraded through Port Aransas.


Port Aransas, Texas * July 8th – 11th, 2010

In July, 2010, the PAB will hold the 75th annual Deep Sea Roundup. The Deep Sea Roundup is the oldest fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast and has evolved from its roots as the Tarpon Rodeo, which exclusively was for offshore anglers, into an all-inclusive fishing contest.  The proceeds from the Deep Sea Roundup are the primary source of funds for the PAB’s scholarship fund.  Over 800 anglers are expected for this year’s event.

Where: Port Aransas, TX
When: July 8th – 11th, 2010
How: Sign up here asap http://www.deepsearoundup.com/

*The float was later entered in the San Antonio Battle of Flowers and the Buc Days parade. Mermaids on the float are Marie Ousley (Stiewig), Donna Mae Farley, Billy Jo Sims and Betty Lee Brown. Bathing Beauties are Harolene Lister, Iva Jean Hicks, Genevieve Curry, Charlotte Ann Bujan and Nona Moore.

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Three Rivers Salsa Festival

The annual Salsa Festival begins at 10 a.m. April 10 in downtown Three Rivers. The event features salsa judging, kids rides and games, food booths. Music will be provided by Chris Rybak, The Brush Country Music Jamboree band, Bobby Flores, Joe Nixon, Best Friends, Robyn Mundy and the Rockport Gospel Force.

And it’s FREE.

Information:  361-786-4330

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Matagorda Bay, TX, oyster house of P.E. Bell, 1905.

The Fulton Volunteer Fire Department presents the 31st Annual Oysterfest, a salute to the tasty bi-valve found in our local waters. Oysterfest officials have been working with seafood sources along the Texas Gulf Coast to locate the freshest oysters and other seafood for the event. Oysterfest proceeds are the major source of funding for life-saving and fire fighting equipment in the community and funds raised this year will be used to pay for a new Tanker Truck.

The 2010 festival is scheduled for Thursday, March 4th – Sunday, March 7th, and features carnival rides, games, food, an oyster eating contest, and live music. With over 35,000 visitors in 2009, even more are expected for this year’s Fulton Oysterfest festival.

Thursday  $1 Gate Admission.  Fri-Sat-Sun – $3 Per Person (12 yrs and up).  Carnival Open Thurs, Fri & Sat   ’til ?  Sunday closes at 6:00 p.m. Free Bus pickup to festival grounds and trolleys will run the streets of Fulton.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier – San Antonio Chapter is proud to announce the Second Annual International Olive Festival of Texas 2010 on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The festival will be held at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard located at 25195 Mathis Rd., off of I 37, near Elmendorf, Texas 78112.  (For directions, click here).

Everyone is invited to enjoy numerous vendors, gourmet food and Texas wine concessions, cooking demonstrations, health and nutrition seminars, entertainment and an olive buffet featuring olives from around the world to sample and compare.

Admission $10 at the Gate. Advance Tickets Also Available at San Antonio Area H-E-B Stores

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