ThisÂ Friday, June 12, kicks off the biggest annual food event in North Texas, Taste of Dallas.Â Fellow foodies will stroll along Fair Park to sample the best of what local restaurants have to offer. I hear there will be fireworks, too!
In its 29th year, the event touts a Celebration of BBQ in whichÂ guests taste their way through the best local BBQ restaurants and pit masters for $1-4 per sample.Â And what’s any good food festival without some fierce competition? 18Â professional BBQ teams from across the Southwest will stampede into Taste of Dallas’s Celebration of BBQ to duke it out for cash and bragging rights in the $25,000 BBQ Battle Royale. This event takes place Sunday, June 14 and the awards are presented at 5 p.m.
Also new this year is a VIP tasting experience within Taste of Dallas calledÂ Taste the DifferenceÂ benefitingÂ the American HeartÂ Association.Â A separately ticketed event for 21 and up only, thisÂ experienceÂ produced by culinarian Scott Jones. Taste the Difference is a culinary tour through the best restaurants in North Texas, all for a good cause. I had the pleasure of previewing some food and cocktails from chefs and restaurants participating in Taste the Difference. The variety of flavors and influences, both classic and innovative,Â are a treat not to be missed!
If you’re interested in heart healthy foods, or just want to learn more, Taste of Dallas is bringing you a newÂ Heart HealthyÂ SundayÂ brought to you by Texas Health Resources.Â All restaurants will be making heart-healthy fare, and there will be free screenings and CPR training, family-friendly entertainment, jump rope teams and more fun ways to learn about good-for-you food and healthy activities that contribute to overall well-being.
The 29th Annual Taste of Dallas Presented by FordÂ isÂ FridayÂ through Sunday, June 12-14, 2015, in Dallasâ€™ Fair Park. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m.Â on Friday,Â 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. onÂ Saturday, and 11 a.m. toÂ 8 p.m. onÂ Sunday. Tickets are $12 per person at the gate (or $9 per ticket at Walgreenâ€™s). Children 10 and under are FREE with an accompanying parent.
(Disclaimer: I was provided with event tickets, and all thoughts are my own.)Â