October 6 – 7, 2017
Fancy yourself a master of the slow and low? Do people compliment you on your brisket? Show off your smoking skills at the Camp Craig Allen Amateur BBQ Cookout and Festival in Frisco. Now in its 10th year, this popular festival features over 75 teams of BBQ fanatics vying for a spot in the best BBQ alum. Held at Toyota Stadium, the event supports the non-profit Camp Craig Allen organization dedicated to physically disabled adults, children and veterans. The event kicks off with a Friday night shin dig over dinner, drinks, live music and a full casino, but bring the kids to enjoy the family-friendly activities on Saturday.
October 8, 2017
The United States of BBQ come together for the 5th Annual Pitmasters Picnic held at the storied Granada Theater in Dallas. Sample some of the best ‘cue in the country from pitmasters like Matt Dallman (18th & Vine – Dallas, TX); Rodney Muirhead (Podnah’s – Portland, OR); Travis Heim (Heim BBQ – Fort Worth, TX) and Billy Durney (Hometown Barbecue – Brooklyn, NY). Be sure to try the elusive Cattleack BBQ which only opens to the public two days a week. Proceeds benefit Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant dedicated to transforming lives through a post-release internship for young men and women after coming out of juvenile facilities.
October 13 – 14, 2017
For one weekend, Dallas’ downtown Klyde Warren Park transforms into a destination for wining and dining at Park & Palate. This year’s unique Pillars and Protégés theme features established star chefs like Kent Rathbun, Dean Fearing and Jon Bonnell who collaborate with up-and-coming young talent to create dishes that promise to be a cutting-edge culinary experience. Get up close and personal with the lineup of over 60 chefs, sommeliers and winemakers in the region while supporting Klyde Warren Park and all its free activities visitors can enjoy year-round.
October 28 – 29, 2017
While fanged vampires and zombies break their teeth over candy from the neighborhood trick or treating, cultured ghouls and goblins prefer to sip at Grapevine’s annual Hallowine Trail. Enjoy three wine tastings with a food pairing at eight participating Grapevine wineries like Messina Hof and Cross Timbers Winery. Visitors will all go home with a commemorative wine glass to remember the spooktacular event.
November 2 – 5, 2017
What began as a simple farm-to-table dinner to support Texas farmers and ranchers five years ago has grown into a four-day food and wine celebration of chefs, artisans, distillers and winemakers. We realize the event runs in the same month as Thanksgiving, but the stellar lineup featuring more than 30 nationally acclaimed chefs—many of whom are James Beard award nominees and winners—is well worth the calories. Highlights include a high-profile showdown from Bravo’s Top Chef’s alum held at the Dallas Farmers Market; a five-course seasonal affair at the historic Adolphus Hotel; a street food night which turns swanky Victory Park into a global marketplace; and the Main Event, a veritable culinary treasure map held at Lee Park, one of Dallas’ prettiest lawns.
November 4 – 5, 2017
Crab-loving foodies can enjoy two days of feasting at Grand Prairie’s beloved outdoor market, Traders Village. Bargain hunters can shop to their hearts content and then stop to taste snow crab legs and gumbo. The weekend takes on a retro twist with 60’s and 70’s band, The Sideman and promises to be a family-friendly affair. Admission to Traders Village is free.