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It’s Food Festival and Gala Season in Dallas. Here Are a Few You Should Know

Chefs for Farmers is one of Dallas’s biggest fundraising events

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Chefs for Farmers’ Devour: The Ultimate Bite Night at The Exchange brings the fest to a food hall
Nancy Farrar
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

Dallas loves to get out in a fancy outfit (or the Insta fit of the day) and dig into a delicious plate of food while doing good. Our inbox is flooded with fundraisers, fancy dress parties, dinners, and special events just as fall starts to creep in.

Here are a few worth adding to your calendar and all the relevant details.

Chefs for Farmers • November 2-6

It’s the 11th year of this favorite local festival, and this year benefits the Seed Project Foundation, which aims to eliminate hunger in Collin County with fresh, organic produce. There are numerous events, from dinners to larger public festivals, to support. This year features an 80-person dinner with food from Andrea Shackelford from Harvest Seasonal Kitchen in McKinney, and Andy Knudson from Camp Lucy hosted at Water Boy Farms in Lucas, TX; an “ultimate bite night” event at The Exchange Hall in Downtown Dallas; a 100-person farm tour with stops in McKinney, Princeton, and Lucas for bites and cocktails; and its main event food festival at Old City Park.

Get tickets for the events. Prices vary.

World Food Championships • November 9-13

This live cooking competition will feature over a thousand chefs for its tenth anniversary, cooking food like barbecue, bacon, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, soup, steak, and desserts. The event has a five day barbecue block party planned, during which 5,000 pounds of the stuff will be served. There are daily competitions planned to keep attendees entertained and samples and tastings galore.

Get tickets, daily general admission is $10 a person or snag a five-day pass for $25. There are also upgrades to VIP tickets and special experiences.

Location: Centennial Hall at Fair Park


112 East Louisiana Street, , TX 75069 (214) 726-0251 Visit Website

The Exchange Hall

211 South Akard Street, , TX 75202 (972) 268-7605 Visit Website