The festival prides itself on being the only festival in Dallas to feature wines from The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, which happens to be the biggest national wine competition outside of California.
Over a period of five days, events give patrons a healthy dose of Metroplex culture that is sure to satisfy their taste buds. Kicking off the festival is the Cinematic Feast, held at the Angelika Film Center and Café in Dallas. The event pairs Gianni di Gregorio’s Future Golden Lion award-winning movie, “Pranzo di Ferragosto” (translation: “Mid-August Lunch”), with a multi-coarse wine dinner inspired by the film and created by Italian-born world master chef Salvatore Gisellu of Urban Crust. With a sophisticated and tantalizing menu featuring roasted eggplant mousse with assorted urban crust pizzas, a Sardinian teardrop pasta tossed with a 12-hour veal sugo, and bite-sized fried ravioli with sweet ricotta and nutella, to name a few, the food lover in you would surely be disappointed if you missed this opportunity.
Other events sure to attract crowds of hungry participants include a Rising Star Chef’s Dinner featuring the hottest new chefs and their extravagant winemaker’s dinner and Texas Salute!, where you can stroll through Eddie Deen’s Ranch in your good ole’ Texas cowboy boots and sip on wine while sampling local food producers’ treats and listening to live music.
The last two days of the Dallas Food and Wine Festival feature demonstrations on how to entertain at home with tips from executive chefs around the DFW area, seminars on getting more bang for your buck with award winning wines for cheap, and finally, an event called Taste of the World, where you can finish off your festival experience meeting chefs and tasting cuisine from top-ranked Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants. Taste of World also includes a silent auction where you can bid on premium wines and specialty items that benefits Dallas Farmers Market Friends.
The festival runs from Wednesday, April 21 to Sunday, April 25 with prices ranging from $20 to $100. Be sure to get your reservations as soon as possible, so you can taste the award-winning wines and cuisine. Find more information and reservations at their official site.