Autumn is a handful of days away, and it’s still in the 90s. North Texas can be fun like that. But Oktoberfest is almost here and, with it, the chance to add a couple of inches to our waistlines.
It’s not the only gluttonous festival on tap for this weekend, however. BurgerFest takes over Deep Ellum, and the Food Truck Palooza raises money for the North Texas Food Bank.
That’s to say nothing of the dinner at Lark on the Park with Garrett Oliver, one of the wisest beer experts in the world, or the dinner at Cook Hall featuring Dallas’ own whiskey distillery.
Wednesday, September 18
The Lark on the Park Beer Experience with Garrett Oliver
Lark on the Park hosts Garrett Oliver, world-renowned beer expert and brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, for a special beer tasting beginning at 6:30 pm. Oliver leads guests on a six beer tasting experience coupled with food from Lark chefs. Seats are $80 and can be reserved at 214-855-5275.
Thursday, September 19
Addison Oktoberfest is back and ready for another round as one of the best beer parties outside of Bavaria. Everything is as you expect it to be, with tons of food and beer, but the big addition this year is Chamberlain’s Brau Haus, a $49 meal featuring Bavarian braised pork with roasted onion potatoes and Paulaner jus, a trio of German sausages and plenty more. Seatings are at 6 and 8 pm on Thursday and Friday and 4 and 6 pm on Saturday. Tickets to the Brau Haus can be ordered online and include entry into Oktoberfest as well as a $25 gift card good at Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House or Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill.
Friday, September 20
Herman Marshall Whiskey Dinner at Cook Hall
Cook Hall hosts Dallas’ first whiskey, Herman Marshall, for a five-course diner featuring the small-batch whiskey in pairings beginning at 7 pm. Dishes include grilled pork tenderloin with spicy collard greens, green tomato chutney and mustard seed broth paired with a Herman Marshall Texas Bourbon old fashioned, and glazed short ribs with a crunchy herb salad and cheddar grits paired with a Herman Marshall Texas Bourbon served neat. Reservations are $55 and can be made at 214-397-4111.
Saturday, September 21
Get your fill of burgers at BurgerFest on Main Street in Deep Ellum from 11 am to 5 pm. The free-to-attend festival features quarter-sized and slider burgers from area joints such as Maple & Motor, Twisted Root, Ten Bells Tavern and more. Put together by the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and the Taco Trail, there is also live music and beer available from Deep Ellum Brewing Company.
Sunday, September 22
Second Annual Food Truck Palooza
Temple Shalom hosts the Second Annual Food Truck Palooza from 11 am to 8 pm. Trucks include Nammi, Crazy Fish, Easy Sliders and more for the party benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Admission is $5, and the event also features live music, a kids play zone and a raffle.