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Chefs For Farmers Returns For 2016 Bigger And Better Than Ever

Look forward to a whole hog roast, street food fair + more

Chefs For Farmers’ Main Event in Lee Park
Chefs For Farmers’ Main Event in Lee Park
Robert Bostick
Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

What began as a simple farm dinner to raise money for North Texas farmers has evolved into a bonafide food bonanza. In its fifth year, Chefs For Farmers will return in September, and this year’s line-up looks to be the strongest yet.

Announced via release, the three-day gorgefest will kick off on Friday, September 23. This year’s festivities will feature two events new to the festival, in addition to the traditional main tasting.

Scope out the full schedule below:

  • Friday, September 23 – James Beard Award Winning Chefs Virginia Willis and Celina Tio will team up with four as-yet-unnamed female chefs to prepare a six-course dinner inspired by local produce. Dubbed Creme de la Femme and held at Lee Park’s Arlington Hall, proceeds from this dinner will benefit The Family Place.
  • Saturday, September 24 – 15 chefs from Dallas and beyond (Whistle Britches’ Omar Flores, Top Knot’s Angela Hernandez) will descend on the Design District for the inaugural Street Food Night Market. Dude, Sweet Chocolate’s Katherine Clapner will host a churro bar, and visiting chef Justin Brunson (of Denver, CO’s Old Major) will roast a whole hog with Chef John Tesar.
  • Sunday, September 25 – The traditional "main event" will feature some of Dallas’ best chefs (FT33’s Matt McCallister, Uchi Dallas’ Jeramie Isaac Robison, and Wayward Sons’ Graham Dodds) alongside some of the country’s hottest chefs, like San Antonio’s James Beard-nominated Steve McHugh and Jeremiah Langhorne of Washington, D.C.’s The Dabney.

Discounted "early bird" tickets for each night can be purchased individually via the Chefs For Farmers website, and you’ll probably want to buy yours early. Not only do many of the events sell out well in advance, ticket prices go up starting August 1.