Fourth of July is here, and while we're sure you'll be getting out to enjoy a fireworks show or two, there's also some great food and drink happenings going on around town. Here's what you should be doing this week:
Tuesday, July 4
Drink the Flag at the Rustic Dallas
Jam out to Cody Jasper while helping to “Drink the Flag” by choosing a beer from The Rustic’s original beer can USA flag. One hundred percent of the flag proceeds are donated to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, and each beer requires a minimum donation of $5. All active and retired U.S. military personnel also receive a complimentary Rustic Burger during the event. The fun kicks off at 2 pm.
Fourth of July Celebration at Ida Claire
Ida Claire is serving up some cheers-worthy drink specials, including $3 canned beer, $4 single hurricanes, and $15 hurricane towers, which are great for sharing between three-to-five people. To add to the festive atmosphere, Dallas indie-pop band The Rebellion will play from 8-11 pm on Ida’s patio.
9th Annual Brass Knuckles Corn Dog Beat Down at The Libertine Bar
Contestants will be battling for the coveted brass knuckles trophy and a $100 gift certificate. The second-place winner receives a $50 gift certificate, and third gets $25 in quarters. In the event of a tie, there will be a warm well tequila shoot out. The event starts at 5:30 pm, and the competition is free to enter. Registration happens at the bar from now until the beatdown begins.
Friday, July 7
First Friday at Dallas Farmers Market
This family-friendly event features local merchants, artisans, brews, food, and live music. Exclusive specials and promotions will also be offered from various vendors. The event lasts from 6-9 pm.
Saturday, July 8
Dallas Bake Off at Fair Park
Three Twelve Company presents this much-anticipated inaugural event that features local celebrity guest judges Bronwen Weber, Kate Weiser, and Nicolas Blouin. Competition categories include cakes, cookies, macarons, pies, cupcakes, and more. Enjoy State Fair foods such as gourmet pretzels, wine pops, cotton candy, and chocolate-dipped bananas while you enjoy the event. Tickets are $10, and the bake-off begins at noon.
Sunday, July 9
Lone Star Bash at 3015 at Trinity Groves
Some of Dallas’ hottest chefs are teaming up with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation to raise money for Texas ProStart and other TRAEF initiatives. This year’s theme is "CajunTex," a celebration of Cajun and Creole cuisine, Texas-style. Guests can enjoy chef-prepared bites from well-known Dallas chefs, as well as a wide assortment of craft beers and cocktails. Chefs of note include Abraham Salum (Salum), Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain's), Jeffrey Hobbs (the Slow Bone), and Larry Delgado (House Wine and Bistro). There will also be live music from Jay-B & the Zydeco Posse. Tickets start at $50, and the event begins at 6 pm.
Monday, July 10
Spanish Themed Pairing Class at Molto Formaggio
For the July class, the focus is on Spanish appetizers, simple summer dinners, and light desserts that perfectly punctuate any meal. Tickets are $75 a couple and the event starts at 6:30 pm. Each couple receives a gift bag containing a bottle of wine and products used in the class. Call 214-526-0700 to reserve your spot.