You don't have to be a hardcore Catholic, lighting frankincense and headbanging to the Pope's new rock album, to enjoy a good fish fry. This Friday, the Irving Heritage Society will hold their annual fish fry and cake auction to benefit the Irving Heritage Society. So whether you want to contribute to this community-focused cause or just eat your weight in white fish, Irving's fish fry is the place to be. Advance tickets are $12.50 and available at Big State Fountain and Grill, Mustang Museum at Williams square or by calling 972-252-3838. Adult tickets are $15 at the door or $5 for kids ages three to eight.
When it do: 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 15
Where dat is: 217 Main St., Irving
ChocolateFest is a two-day affair featuring wine, art, music and enough chocolate to satisfy your inner Augustus Gloop. The fest begins on Friday with An Evening of Chocolate and Wine. A $50 ticket to this event includes wine samples and a souvenir wine glass along with chocolate, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and live music. Saturday marks a Day of Chocolate and Art. Adult tickets for this event are $15 for 10 samples, while children's tickets (ages 7 and under) are $5 for five samples. Tickets are purchased for specific, one-hour sessions that include sampling and art exhibits. Tickets can be purchased online until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, after which time tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event, depending on availability.
What it be: ChocolateFest
When it do: 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 15, and 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16
Where dat is: 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine
Not that Dallas really needs anotherfamous bakery
to move in , but just in case you're tired of standing in line at Buddy Valastro's shop you might want to check out SusieCakes. SusieCakes is a popular California-based bakery chain and is opening its first location in Texas this Saturday in Preston Center. The bakery is known for its scratch-made layer cakes and signature cupcakes; they also offer a myriad of pies, cookies, bars and the like.
What it be: SusieCakes Grand Opening
When it do: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16
Where dat is: 6100 Luther Lane
Can you spatchcock a chicken with one hand tied behind your back? Is your velouté so inspiring that it has its own groupies? Do you collect spices like old furniture collects dust? Of course you do. Because you're not just a home cook, you're a master-chef in disguise. Try out for season eight of MasterChef starring Gordon "I yell because they pay me to" Ramsey. Auditions are free and open to the public.
What it be: MasterChef Season 8 Open Casting Call
When it do: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 16
Where dat is: 400 N. Olive St.
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Where else can you find mattresses, knock-off purses, porcelain replicas of the Virgin Mary and tons of cajun food? Traders Village, of course. The 19th Annual Cajun Festival continues this weekend, with live Cajun music from noon to 4 p.m. and lots of good eatin' like gumbo, crawfish and étouffée. It's gawr-on-teed to be good. Admission is free, parking is $4.
What it be: 19th Big Mamou Cajun Festival
When it do: noon-5 p.m. Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17
Where dat is: 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie