This week in food events, one thing is made very clear: we may be nowhere close to Germany, but Dallas and the surrounding areas love them some Oktoberfest. Prost!
Tuesday, September 18
Prisoner Wine Dinner at Sea Breeze Market & Grill
Famed California vintner Prisoner Wines is visiting Plano for a rare two nights of food and wine. There are dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday, both happening at 7 pm. Tickets are $100 and seats can be reserved by calling 972-473-2722.
Thursday, September 21
He Wines She Dines Wine Dinner at Dallas Chop House
This five-course dinner is a part of the restaurant's Monthly Cut series and features local winery He Wines She Dines. Courses include yellowtail crudo, salmon slightly heated, coffee-crusted flat iron steak, slow roasted strip loin, and chilled cantaloupe soup. Tickets are $60, and the event starts at 6:30 pm.
Wine Rep Showdown at Scardello Artisan Cheese
Three titans face off in cheese stadium picking the wine, and Scardello chooses the cheese. This event features nine wines and nine cheeses. Tickets are $50, and the event starts at 7 pm.
Tiki Party at Ida Claire
This festive evening kicks off with a mix-and-mingle cocktail hour featuring a welcome drink and passed appetizers. Around sunset, the family-style dinner features suckling pig and island-inspired sides. The Tiki Torches will serenade guests with the soothing rhythms of the islands. Tickets are $75, and the festivities kick off at 7 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 214-377-8227.
Friday, September 22
Greek Festival of Dallas
Expect an awesome array of all things Hellenic at this annual event at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, including authentic foods and treats made with love by Greek chefs from recipes passed through the generations. There will also be entertainment from New York-based Greek band Thymios and the Holy Trinity Hellenic dancers. Shop a marketplace brimming with imports and the creations of Greek and Greek-American artists and artisans, plus cooking demonstrations, games, tours, a kids zone, and more. Tickets start at $6, and the festival kicks off at noon and lasts through the weekend.
This classic event is in its 10th year and spreads the fun over three days and 14 blocks of the historic downtown area. Enjoy German music, beer, brats, strudel and other festival foods. Attendees can join in Texas’ Largest Chicken Dance, watch weenie dog races, and browse the Marktplatz. Lederhosen and other traditional German costumes are encouraged. Admission is free, and the festivities kick off at 4 pm on Friday and go through the weekend.
Saturday, September 23
Pitmasters from all over the state — including Taylor's Louie Mueller Barbecue and Amarillo's Tyler's Barbecue — come together at Main Street Garden Park downtown to show off their barbecue skills. There is also a stellar lineup of live music, with performances by Vandoliers and Charley Crockett. Tickets start at $50, and general admission starts at 3 pm.
Oktoberfest at Oak Highlands Brewery
This annual event features German music, German food by Kb Brats, German beer, lawn games, and more. A percentage of the day’s sales will support The AiRS Alliance’s mission to raise awareness and funds for reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy for women who cannot afford it. Admission is free, and the event kicks off at noon.
Sunday, September 24
TEXtoberfest at Eno's Pizza Tavern
Eno’s will transform its back lot into a festive biergarten with local breweries, food and live music. The event will also feature a best boots competition, as well as stein-hoisting and pretzel-eating contests. Attendees will receive a commemorative mug and sampling card to enjoy craft brews from local breweries. In addition to pizza and pasta, a sausage and charcuterie-inspired pop-up will make sure guests don't leave hungry. Tickets start at $25, and the event kicks off at 4 pm.