International Food Fest

Harwood District festival to tantalize Dallas taste buds with exotic eats

Harwood District festival to tantalize taste buds with exotic eats

Neither downtown nor quite Uptown, the Harwood District is the newest and fastest growing area near Dallas' center, and it needs a festival to mark that fact. The Harwood District will host its first-ever Global Street Feast on August 24, noon-7 pm, with foods from around the world.

Harwood is home to the corporate headquarters of Harwood International, along with companies such as Amegy Bank, Boston Consulting Group, Emirates Airlines, Frost Bank, HollyFrontier Corp., Jones Day, MoneyGram International, Prologis and Rolex.

Global Street Feast will feature foods from Cuba, France, Greece, Italy and Jamaica.

Harwood International has a six-building development at 2501 N. Harwood St. that it calls a "campus." It includes three undeniably excellent restaurants: Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, Mercat Bistro and Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar; all will participate at the festival. The district is also home to the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection.

Having a name for the area is actually pretty handy. Calling it "the area between Uptown and American Airlines Center" feels so nebulous. It's being labeled as a 17-city-block district that will eventually include more than 7 million square feet of high-rise and mid-rise office, retail, and multi-family residential developments.

Harwood District is within walking distance not only to AAC but also to the Perot Museum, Meso Maya, La Ventana and El Fenix. More phases, including cafes and retail, are planned.

According to a release, the festival will be an international tour featuring foods from Cuba, France, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan and the United States. Participants include food trucks such as BoBaddiction, Little Greek Food Truck, Mr. Snowie, Salsa Limon, SsahmBBQ, Sweetie V’s and Taste of Cuba.

Marie Gabrielle, Mercat and Saint Ann will present a cooking demonstration, and bubbly will be served in Veuve Clicquot's Airstream. Games will include Jenga, Petanque, Twister and Yard Yahtzee. Picnic blankets and umbrellas will be provided, and there'll be live music.

Mercat, restaurant, Harwood, sweetbreads
Exotic eats at the festival will include fare from Mercat Bistro. Photo by Teresa Gubbins
Harwood District in Dallas
Harwood District has some beautiful grounds, including this precisely trimmed garden. Photo courtesy of Harwood International