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

The first ever Jewel of White Rock Lake Gala will raise money for beautification, plus more fall festivals

The exterior of a theater with a sign reading “Granada” at sunset in fall.
The Granada Theatre on Greenville.
The Granada Theatre

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.

Harvest Moon Supper • October 8

Out on Nash Farm in Grapevine, an event celebrating Texas Wine Month is planned for this October. The Harvest Moon Supper will feature wine pairings that compliment a 19th century-inspired dinner of foods raised on the farm, all served in the farm’s meadow.

Get tickets for a table for two ($200) or table for four ($400).

Jewel of Dallas Gala • October 13

Friends of White Rock Lake might consider buying a ticket for this dinner to benefit the maintenance and improvement of the lake and feature dishes by local chefs. Junior Borges of Meridian in The Village, Josh Healy of Loro, Ross Demers of Cry Wolf, Peja Krstic of Môt Hai Ba, Irwin of Sfuzzi, and Michael of Sundown at Granada are all cooking.

Get tickets for $110 each or $250 for VIP tickets.

Location: Granada Theater

Burgers and Burgundy • October 14

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) hosts this event to raise funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations within the community. It will feature a slew of local chefs making sliders that are paired with the perfect glass of wine. Get your ticket to try the perfect burger as imagined by John Tesar of Knife, José Meza of Jalisco Norte, John Kleifgen of Nick and Sam’s, Shaun Hinson of Toussaint Brasserie, Charles Olalia of Rodeo Bar at the Adolphus, Rodman Shields of Milkshake Concepts, and Samir Dhurandhar of Savor by Samir.

Get tickets for $100 each.

Location: Peace Plaza at Cathedral of Hope

Dallas Brew Festival • October 15

It’s the first year for this beer fest, featuring drinks from 60 local breweries and over 200 beers plus food trucks, live music by local bands, and lawn games.

Get tickets starting at $50 for general admission, with $65 early admission tickets giving an additional hour of access ad $90 VIP tickets offering two extra hours plus access to VIP areas, limited release beers, and bathrooms, plus a commemorative mug.

Location: Old City Park

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

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