“Eat. Drink. Shop.  Repeat.”  For some people, that means learning cooking tips from top chefs.  For others, it means sampling food from restaurants from across North Texas, just steps from one another. For still others, this taste of life means kicking back with a good craft brew and some entertaining music. No matter what enjoying a slice of life in North Texas means to you, there is something for everyone at the 27th annual Taste of Dallas, presented by Ford, which heats up in Fair Park’s cool facilities and historic location in Dallas July 12-14.

(All photos courtesy of Taste of Dallas.)

New for this year is a focus on BBQ as only Taste of Dallas can do.  Oak Cliff’s Lockhart Smokehouse will host a special class on the chef stage at noon on Saturday, July 13, featuring BBQ tips and tricks that will help you clinch the title as best BBQ master on your block.

At the heart of Taste of Dallas are the chef demonstrations from high-profile chefs, teaching everyone their hard-won secrets behind their favorite recipes.

  • Chefs include:
  • Anthony Van Camp from SER Steak & Spirts at Hilton Anatole
  • John Franke from Frontburner Restaurants
  • Bob Stephenson from F n G Eats
  • Daniel Winans from Grill on the Alley
  • Brad Phillips from Asador
  • Antonio Marquez from Lazaranda Modern Kitchen and Tequila
  • Patrick Russell from Max’s Wine Dive
  • Rick Graff from Cook Hall
  • Caris Turpen from LightCatcher
  • Scott Jones from Jack’s Southern Comfort Food

Each chef demo includes an exciting demonstration and complimentary sampling from their exclusive restaurants – not to mention upbeat musical entertainment from a foodie DJ.


Popular food attraction on wheels, Taste Curbside, parks again at Taste of Dallas, resulting in a corral of food trucks dedicated to sampling. An indoor tasting experience, Taste of the Town, allows diners to sample a variety of dishes and delights in a dedicated indoor tasting setting, while Taste Tavern presented by Deep Ellum Brewing Company is a delicious tasting experience for wine, beer and spirits for the over-21 crowd. The Sweet Factory is a celebration for kids and adults alike of all things magical and sugary.

Nothing goes better with good food than great music, and Taste of Dallas has three days full of a variety of live music at the main stage and throughout the festival including Le Freak and LIVE 80.  Kids’ Taste Town, with its kid-sized rides, bounce houses, giant slides, interactive games and meet-and-greets with cartoon characters; and plenty of shopping in the Taste of Dallas Culinary Marketplace, lots to learn and be inspired by from experts in the health and wellness industry, and the NBA Nation experience round out a weekend’s worth of delights.

In downtown Dallas, Fair Park offers a chance for participants to enjoy the hot chefs and cool facilities, with more than 150,000 square feet of indoor space.  There is no better way than Taste of Dallas to try foodie fare from more than 60 of Dallas’ best restaurants: with no entrée more than $3, participants have the opportunity to savor plenty of different tastes without breaking the bank.  Sample the best from J Black’s, Lockhart Smokehouse, Trailercakes, Tiff’s Treats, Digg’s Taco Shop, Epic Cones, Celebration, Bhoon Thai Kitchen, Longoria’s BBQ, Quaker Steak & Lube, Hedary’s, Mesa, Texas de Brazil and more.


27th Annual Taste of Dallas
Friday through Sunday, July 12-14, 2013
Dallas’ Fair Park
$10 per person at the gate, with free admission for children 5 and under with an accompanying parent.
Friday, July 12, is Family Night  – all kids 12 and under get in free with an accompanying parent and can enjoy ride and games for free. Saturday and Sunday, midway bracelets are $10/day and include unlimited rides and games.