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Get Smoked This Fall At Downtown's New Barbecue Fest

Here's another addition to the growing list of food festivals: Smoked Dallas promises to be the first annual "deliciously curated music and BBQ festival" to be held at downtown's Main Street Gardens on October 4 (aka about the time it becomes tolerable to be outside for more than five minutes).

Per a press release, Smoked will feature "15 traditional pitmasters and celebrated chefs doing their take on barbeque" (yes, that's barbecue with a "q"). They specifically mention Black's Barbecue from Lockhart, Cousin's Bar-B-Q in Fort Worth, Hutchins BBQ out of McKinney, Schmidt Family Barbecue from Bee Cave and Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q in Tyler; curiously, no Dallas joints like Lockhart Smokehouse or Pecan Lodge are listed, although the release does say "more BBQ black belts [will be announced] in the coming weeks."

Expect additional cameos from Kent Rathbun, Masterchef season 2 finalists/underground dinner chefs Jennie Kelley and Ben Starr and oh yeah, Dean Fearing's band. Featured musical acts include Austin's Bob Schneider and Black Joe Lewis. The festival mentions Cafe Momentum as a "charity partner" and says CM students will be contributing side dishes to the event. For more info, scope out the event website; tickets go on sale tomorrow and will range from $22 (concert only) to $75 (VIP with early entrance and first dibs on barbecue).

· Smoked Dallas [Official]