It's a big week for food festivals, and that includes the largest and longest-running vegan fest in Texas. There's also a cool wine dinner and celebrity wine tasting at Good Records, mixing free wine and music together — how can you go wrong.
These are the 6 best food and wine events in Dallas this week:
Tuesday, October 29
Local Yocal BBQ & Grill Whiskey Dinner
Local Yocal BBQ & Grill will present their last spirited dinner of the year, in partnership with award-winning Ironroot Republic Distillery, a grain to glass distillery located in Denison. This special event will showcase an Ironroot Republic Barrel, handpicked by the team at Local Yocal, and paired with a five-course dinner created by chef Adam West to highlight the one and only whiskey. The dinner is at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $110. Reservations are required: Call 469-225-0800.
Wednesday, October 30
Red Vinyl Rock & Roll Wine Dinner at The Lounge Here
Five-course dinner features five wines from Nicolas-Jay, paired with dishes from Lounge Here. Nicolas-Jay is a collaboration between Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo and music visionary Jay Boberg, founder of IRS Records. They're applying methods of the grands crus of Burgundy to make impeccable Oregon pinot noir. The dinner begins at 7 pm, and will be preceded by a happy hour tasting from 5-6:30 pm at Good Records, where Boberg will pour tastes of his Red Vinyl Pinot Noir and spin selections from the IRS Records catalog. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here.
Friday, November 1
NTX Beer Week
November 1 is the kickoff of this annual 10-day celebration of DFW's craft beer scene, now in its 7th year, and marked at restaurants, bars, and breweries across North Texas. It weaves in already-existing trivia nights and other weekly beer events but also spotlights special events such as the Manhattan Project party on November 1 at The Common Table in Uptown Dallas. The list of events runs through November 10 and include dinners and rare beer tappings, with tickets and entry specific to each individual event.
Saturday, November 2
This is the premier annual event for beer nerds, hosted by Braindead Brewing in Deep Ellum. Now on its fifth year, it spotlights some of the most advanced beers out there including barrel-aged and wild beers, brewed in an artisanal manner with wild strains of yeast. You get a glass and can sample a variety of different beers, with proceeds going to the Brain Injury Network of Dallas. The event runs from 2-6 pm. General admission tickets are $38.75 — can we just call it $40? — while VIP tickets are $120. Both can be purchased here.
10th Annual Texas Veggie Fair
The largest and longest-running vegan festival in the state is celebrating its 10th anniversary, this time at a new location: Dallas Farmers Market. There'll be an appearance by Kendrick Farris, a three-time U.S. Olympian and one of the plant-based athletes featured in the film The Game Changers, plus cooking demos, vendors, and a cornucopia of vegan goods, clothing, accessories, and nosh including Beyond Meat, which is coming to the fair for the very first time. It runs from 11 am-6 pm, and is free to enter. Get your tickets here.
Sunday, November 3
Chefs for Farmers Main Tasting
Annual foodie event features chefs, restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Participating chefs include John Tesar of Knife Steakhouse, Joel Orsini of Izkina, Alex Astranti of Uchi and Uchiba, Dean Fearing of Fearing's, Donny Sirisavath of Khao Noodle Shop, Robert Lyford of Patina Green, Matt Pitman of Meat Church, and Alex Seidel of Fruition Restaurant and Mercantile Dining & Provision. It's at 2 pm at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St., and tickets are $99-$165.