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Sure, it's likely to be 104 degrees outside, but what's a summer festival in Texas without a couple of trips to the medical tent to be treated for heat exhaustion? But, free food is enough to get me just about anywhere; and free food prepared by Dallas' top chefs and best restaurants is almost more than my little heart can take. Yes, it's that time of year again: The Taste of Dallas comes to the West End—for the 20th time! (Literally.) From Thursday through Sunday, chefs, artists and everything in between will converge on the West End for 2006 Taste of Dallas: A Feast for the Senses. The annual cookout draws more than 300,000 people annually, and Taste of Dallas never disappoints with its fabulous fare in the Gourmet Pavilion, live music, arts and crafts, and interactive booths for the entire family to enjoy. There will also be a 100-foot long snow slide and snow play area with real snow. Now that I'm looking forward to. Admission is free. The event runs from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call 214-741-7185 or visit
July 7-9
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Stephanie Morris