DFW's Top 11 Summer Food Events
High temps don’t mean we have to hide indoors till Labor Day; there’s plenty of fun to be had from Dallas to Fort Worth and parts in between. Here’s our list of 11 can't-miss events, some food-focused, some not, but with great offerings to be had. A foodie festival-goer’s gotta eat, right?
Rockin’ The River
When: June 5-August 7
Where: Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth
The Skinny: This series of free weekly concerts invites watchers to bring a chair, blanket or motor-free floating device to listen to local musical acts from the comfort of the Trinity River.
Highlights: Beer and soda are on offer, as are Mike’s Hard Lemonade frozen margaritas. Salsa Limón provides Tex-Mex eats.
Cost: Free admission and parking, with food and drinks available for purchase.
Best Little Brewfest in Texas
When: June 21
Where: Old Town Lewisville
The Skinny: More than 60 breweries from across the U.S. will be serving up 2-oz. samples of their goods to suds-loving beer fanatics.
Highlights: Stay cool while sipping, as this event takes place in air-conditioned tents. There’ll also be craft ciders, Texas wines and distilled spirits. Food trucks and live music round out the event whose profits benefit Cloud 9 Charities.
Cost: VIP entry (an hour early) is $45, general admission is $35. If you can get a group of five or more to join you, your general admission tickets are $31.50.
Bedford Blues and BBQ Fest
When: August 29-31
Where: Bedford, on the grounds near City Hall
The Skinny: Music and hearty ’cue unite in this annual Mid-Cities festival.
Highlights: In the Battle of the BBQ, pro purveyors serve up samples for guests to vote on. Pitmasters from around the state and as far as Massachusetts will also compete in a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned contest. And if you happen to be into music, too, blues greats like Shemekia Copeland and Robert Cray will be among main-stage performers.
Cost: $7 online, $10 at the gate; a $15 pass sold online provides entry every day.
Cafe Momentum’s Pop-Up
When: June 8
Where: Oak in the Design District
The Skinny: The nonprofit with the motto “Eat. Drink. Change Lives” unveils its next pop-up meal, whose proceeds, as always, support Momentum’s aim to teach valuable culinary and service skills to young men who live at Dallas Youth Village, a local juvenile detention center.
Highlights: Oak’s Richard Gras will cast his gourmet spell on Café Momentum’s June multi-course menu featuring wine.
Dallas Running of the Bulls Pub Crawl
When: June 28
Where: Lower Greenville
The Skinny: Don a white shirt and red cap and run, though not away from four-legged creatures, but toward the next leg of a Lower Greenville pub crawl.
Highlights: Drink specials at each participating bar, including Stan’s Blue Note, Dubliner and Blue Goose.
Cost: A $25 donation to the Heart of Gold Foundation, which earns you a Pamplona-esque red sash and bandana. Get a 10-person team together and you'll get white tees on top of that.
Taste of Dallas
When: July 11-13
Where: Fair Park
The Skinny: Dallas’ biggest summer food festival gathers more than 70 restaurants, as well as craft beer companies, wine labels and liquor brands to South Dallas.
Highlights: Taste Curbside, the food truck hub, and Taste of the Town, an indoor VIP area featuring wine and beer samples and bites from 20 of the city’s top restaurants.
Cost: $12 at the gate, $8 with discounted tickets from Walgreens. Park at Fair Park for $12 or take DART light rail’s Green Line to Fair Park Station for less. Food samples range from $1 to $3.
When: July 3
Where: Addison Circle Park
The Skinny: One of the country’s largest fireworks displays dazzles attendees in this annual, free-admission tradition.
Highlights: While there will be a bevy of carnival-type fare to be enjoyed at the park, your foodie best bet might be to get in on one of the restaurant watching parties - including ones on rooftops - hosted by individual eateries adjacent to the heart of the event. Check back at the website for wheres and whens as they’re released.
Cost: Free, though there are associated costs for food and drinks. Tickets are required for entry and available at the website.
Wine Poste’s First Anniversary Party
When: June 26
Where: Wine Poste
The Skinny: The Design District wine retailer/bar is toasting a year in business with a lavish dinner.
Highlights: The meal, named Swine & Wine, will showcase a locally sourced pig and pair it with French vino. Co-cheffing the event will be Hibiscus’ Graham Dodds and Matt Ford, formerly of Craft.
Cost: $80; seating is limited.
Razzle Dazzle Dallas
When: June 7
Where: The Oak Lawn “strip” at Cedar Springs and Throckmorton
The Skinny: This street fest celebrates National Gay Pride Month and has Stoli as one of its sponsors.
Highlights: There’ll be food and drink booths aplenty among carnival games, vendor booths and live music stages.
Cost: $10 for entry into the entertainment pavilion and party plaza. $100 for a VIP passport, which gets you free cocktails and Red Bull all night and food samples from Hunky’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers and The Black Eyed Pea.
Texas Smoke Out
When: June 21
Where: Cool River Cafe Las Colinas
The Skinny: The Irving restaurant offers an event marrying cigars, spirits and food.
Highlights: Distillery reps will share samples of liqueurs while attendees try several cigar varieties; appetizers will be passed, and live music starts right after the event.
Cost: $40 pre-paid, $50 at the door.
Bastille on Bishop
When: July 14 (yes, a Monday)
Where: Bishop Arts District
The Skinny: Bust out your beret and head to Oak Cliff for a street-level celebration of the French holiday.
Highlights: Expect French fare like crepes, duck confit and mussels, chef appearances, wine tastings and street entertainment as in years past.
Cost: Free entry, but buying a festival glass is the only way to partake of wine and refills; food will be available for purchase.