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25th Taste of Dallas Set For July 8-10 at Fair Park

The Taste of Dallas returns to Fair Park July 8-10 this year, its 25th, and organizers expect 150,000 area residents to attend the annual American Heart Association fundraiser.

The event is expected to attract about 60 Dallas/Ft.Worth chefs, each of whom will be offering “tastes” of their food for $1-$3 each.


Sample the best from Fedora, Blue Goose, Aw Shucks, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Texas Land & Cattle, Afghan Grill, Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Texas de Brazil, Macho Nacho, Nuevo Leone, Woodfire by Kirby’s, and much more. Top chefs from the North Texas area, including Jason Boso of Twisted Root and Cowboy Chow, Jay Valley of Eatzi’s, Scott Jones of Macho Nacho and Cowtown Diner, Chase Cheatham of TJ’s Seafood Market, Daniel Nemec of Woodfire by Kirby’s and John Franke of Whiskey Cake and The Ranch will be an important part of the culinary experience via exciting demonstrations and complimentary sampling from their exclusive restaurants, and beer, wine and liquor tastings (adults only) make for a complete meal and uber-foodie experience.

Here’s more from the event’s organizers:


Friday night, the Gilley’s Main Stage will feature Inner City All Stars and Petty Theft and other fun Dallas bands, while Saturday will showcase some of Texas’ top talent, including the King Bucks, The Will Callers, Ronnie Fauss, Menkena, and the Spazmatics. Sunday will include Joe King and TJ Broschoff.

In addition to fantastic music, new for this year is the Taste of Talent at the 25th Annual
Taste of Dallas which will showcase the best in North Texas’ own singers, dancers, and other performers. The top 10 as determined from an online voting competition will perform at Taste of Dallas for the chance to win cash and prizes. Details on the contest, such as how to enter, will be posted on

Pint-sized foodies will relish Kids’ Taste Town, which has something for children of all ages. They can come face-to-face with their favorite cartoon characters, see zoo animals, make their own art and pottery (sure to be worthy of front-and-center placement on mom’s refrigerator or mantle!), and even don their own chef’s hat to give cooking a chance in the kid-friendly cooking demo area. From kid-friendly entertainment on the Kids’ Taste Town stage to petting zoos, bounce houses, giant slides and midway rides, Taste of Dallas has a weekend’s worth of delights for little ones.

To savor the flavor of Taste of Dallas after the event is over, attendees can visit the Taste Culinary Marketplace and take home some of the ingredients for their next great meal. From cookware to cutlery, handmade olive oils to jellies and jams, salsas to sauces, attendees will find unique, handmade products that you can’t find on every supermarket shelf.

Taste of Dallas continues to support the work of the American Heart Association, which is Taste of Dallas’ official non-profit partner. American Heart Association will offer free screenings, entertainment, and heart-healthy education at the event.

“The American Heart Association has been a phenomenal partner for Taste of Dallas,” noted Farace, “by bringing an educational and entertaining experience to attendees of the event. Everyone leaves with some new knowledge that can change their life, and we are proud to partner with them to make that happen at this event.”

The 25th Annual Taste of Dallas is Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, 2011, in Dallas’ Fair Park. Parking is available for purchase in Fair Park, or attendees can ride the DART Green Line, which stops at the front entrance to the event. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 per person at the gate, with free admission for children under the age of 12 and for anyone born in 1986 (with photo ID). Advance tickets are available at Albertson’s stores in the Dallas area for $5. Military and former military personnel and one guest can receive free admission on Friday, July 8th, by showing a military ID at the gate. To receive more information, please visit Become a Taste of Dallas VIP for free by signing up on the site under the “Got Taste?” tab. Get all the latest news and Taste happenings by becoming a fan on Facebook at Vendor inquiries should be directed to the appropriate contact found on by clicking “Contact Us.”

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