Texas Forest Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Cultural Heritage

Sandra Reed holding historic images of ancestors
Sandra Reed, Bastrop


Ask a visitor what they love best about Texas and you'll usually get one answer above all others-"The food!" Where else can you consume pork tamales, a bowl of three-alarm chili (no beans!), bratwurst and sauerkraut, baby-back ribs, kielbasa, dim sum, gravlax, pemmican, crayfish ŽtouffŽe, and pecan pie all in one day? The smorgasbord of cuisine available in Texas reflects a much grander design of diversity-our own!

As Texans, our pride of place is eclipsed only by pride of an ancestry hailing from all points on the compass-Mexico, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and Native America. And while Texans across the state may represent a generous distinction of cultures, we all seem to share at least one common denominator-the love of good food. We also like to party. Maybe that's why our calendar is filled with cultural heritage festivals like Oktoberfest, Cinco de Mayo, the Highland Games, Texas Folklife Festival, Charro Days, and the National Polka Festival. Celebrating what divides us also unites us. But enough about heritage. Let's eat!

Upcoming Events

  • April 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm

    Carl A. Parker Multlipurpose Center
    1800 Lakeshore Drive
    Port Arthur  Texas  77642
    United States

    Cajun Heritage Festival, with Elite Redfish Series - April 7, 2018; music to begin at noon. . Cajun Fest celebrates the area’s diverse cultures with music and food and redfish weigh ins.

  • April 21, 2018 (All day)

    100 W. Columbia Street
    P. O. Box 25
    San Augustine  Texas  75972
    United States

    Celebrate Texas "Firsts" in the Texas Historical Commissions National Register Commercial Historic District of downtown San Augustine! This day will recognize the historical significance of different cultures with food, music, and...