Another food festival will hit Dallas this fall, but this one's got a leg up in the venue department: Park & Palate will be held at beloved downtown oasis Klyde Warren Park. The two-day event begins Friday, September 25, and will include cooking demos, a so-called "grand tasting," live music, and of course, a plethora of chefs — including dozens of notable Texans and a few out-of-towners.
Friday night will kick off with an event called "Down to the Roots," in which 12 Texas chefs "will go head-to-head to create comfort food with a modern twist." Ticketholders will be able to taste the creations along with beer, wine, or cocktail pairings, and the judging panel will include chef and Chopped judge Amanda Freitag. Participating in this event will be notable locals like John Tesar, Kent Rathbun, Tiffany Derry, Tre Wilcox, and Tiffany Derry, plus out-of-towners Tyson Cole of Uchi, Andrew Wiseheart of Austin's Contigo and Gardner, San Antonio chef Jason Dady, and more. (And those who spring for the more expensive VIP tickets can kick back at Savor where famed NYC Jonathan Waxman will cook for them.)
Saturday's Grand Tasting will showcase 30-plus Texas chefs and 30 wineries, with (everyone's favorite phrase) an open bar with beer and craft cocktails. Chefs cooking here will include Anastacia Quinones, Brian Luscher, Danyele McPherson, Dennis Kelley and Melody Bishop, Graham Dodds, Joel Harrington, Richard Blankenship, Sarah Snow, Omar Flores, and out-of-towners like Tim Rattray of San Antonio's The Granary and Rebecca Masson of Houston's Fluff Bake Bar. (Check out the full chef lineup here.)
Park & Palate is 21-and-up, but the park will also have kiddie-friendly entertainment on the East Lawn. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9 a.m., but better save your pennies: Tickets start at $150. The good news is, all the proceeds go right back to supporting the park.