It's September, which means for most of America the temperatures are starting to fall and the pumpkin spice everything is creeping onto menus. In Dallas, however, the temperatures are still lingering in the 90s and that pumpkin spice is probably being served in an iced latte.
That said, the fall foodie festivals must go on. This week's food events round-up has a fall theme, along with a few fun, random options too.
Thursday, September 17
GrapeFest in Historic Downtown Grapevine
Toast the wines of Texas, Oregon, and Argentina at this 29th annual wine experience. Guests can affordably experience wines not normally available in Texas. The event has different events, like the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic and GrapeStomp, happening until Sunday, September 20. Tickets start at just $5.
Foodiepalooza at Seven for Parties
The East Dallas Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council invites guests to visit food and beverage tasting stations featuring chefs like John Tesar of Knife and Oak, and mixologist Mike Martensen of Proof & Pantry. The evening includes silent and live auctions filled with dining events, getaways, and much more. DJ Wiki is spinning the tunes. Tickets start at $65, and the event kicks off at 7 pm.
Addison Oktoberfest at Addison Circle Park
This year, more than 70,000 people are expected to come together to share a love of polka, German food, and the same Paulaner Bier that is served at Bavaria’s favorite festival. As part of its award-winning tradition, Addison has timed the festival to coincide with the famed Munich Oktoberfest and features much of the same music, folk dancing, sing-a-longs, and great German food. Tickets start at $10, and the fun lasts through Sunday, September 20.
Friday, September 18
Harvest at Dallas Farmers Market
Chef chair Sharon Hage recruits some of Dallas’ top chefs to take over The Shed, resulting in delicious food along with specialty cocktails, entertainment by DJ Lucy Wrubel, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit the senior and child programs of the North Texas Food Bank. Tickets are $200, and the event starts at 7 pm.
Saturday, September 19
The Great Texas Food Truck Rally at Reunion Park
This event benefiting Executives in Action returns for the second year at a new and larger venue. This means better parking and more food trucks. Guests enjoy live music, a beer garden sponsored by Nodding Donkey, and more than 20 food trucks. Tickets are $10, and the event begins at 2 pm.
Sunday, September 20
Sunday Cinema Series at Knife
This culinary-themed film program rolls on with a patio screening of the acclaimed documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Chef John Tesar is serving up gourmet bites, while Four Corners Brewing Company provides the beverages. Tesar and Lee Papert, president and CEO of the Dallas Film Society, are speaking prior to the film about its impact on the culinary and restaurant industries. Tickets are $35, and $10 of each sale benefits the Dallas Film Society. Call Knife at 214-443-9339 to purchase.