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Taste of Dallas at Fair Park

Jun 04, 2016 12:45PM

The 30th Annual Taste of Dallas will take place from June 3 through 5 at Fair Park. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. With 13 areas dedicated to food, art, music, family and fun, North Texas’s largest tasting event brings together all the best food, inspiring art and music that gets you moving. For the tens of thousands of people set to visit Taste of Dallas this year, there is tasting, shopping and playing for every member of the family; even learn more about how to live the healthiest life possible in the Taste Health and Wellness Hub.

Taste of Dallas features artists whose talents, including 45 chalk artists that will create masterpieces live on the sidewalks, while others show their impressive works in the gallery. At the new Etsy Dallas Artisan Market, fairgoers can meet the creative entrepreneurs and take home some of their work. For rock fans, Everclear will perform Saturday night.

New this year are the all-new Foodie Experience, which includes food and alcohol samplings, chef demonstrations and entertainment for a good cause; sponsor TangoTab feeds hungry people in our community through their work with local food banks.

Taste of Texas!Restaurants from across the region offer up tastes of their best dishes for only $2 to $5 in the beautiful outdoor setting along Fair Park’s historic esplanade fountains on Restaurant Island. Participating eateries include Fat Rabbit, Eureka, Quill, La Ventura, Opa Greek Taverna, Texas de Brazil, Hard Eight BBQ, RJ’s Mexican Cuisine, Gas Monkey, Spaghetti Warehouse, Dick’s Last Resort, Big Al’s McKinney Avenue Tavern, Highland Park Scots Café, Paciugo and Fletcher’s Corny Dogs. More than a dozen of the best local food trucks will pull right up to Food Truck Lane. Live cooking demonstrations on the chef stage will entertain all weekend with performances and meet-and-greets with the chefs. Chef Roshni, from Food Network’s Chopped, John Franke, from Velvet Taco, Jimmy Sanabria, from Grain and Larry Williams, from Amberjax, will be on hand. At the Taste Marketplace, attendees can sample their way through the Fiesta Mart Mercado and dozens of local culinary vendors.

There is plenty for them to do in the Taste Kids Zone, sporting more than 15,000 square feet of fun, including free indoor kids’ attractions like bounce houses and slides, an interactive petting zoo, art activities, jugglers, magicians and other entertainment on the Kids’ Stage.

Tickets are $20 at the gate ($14 discount tickets available at DFW Walgreen’s, Fiesta Mart, Tom Thumb and Albertson’s). Children 11 and under are free. Parking is available for a fee in Fair Park, or ride the DART Green Line to Fair Park Station at the entrance to the event. For more information, call 972-587-6090 or visit TasteOfDallas.org.

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