What it be: Extra Credit at the Farmers Market
When it do: Arrive between 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, or Friday, April 8
Where dat is: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Savor Dallas is this weekend, which means food, booze and merriment will be out in abundance. Things kick off on Thursday with two events: a Garden Party ($50) in the Dallas Arts District and Sweet Heat ($35). The former is slated to be a happy hour for the ages, full of hip, happening people (be sure to have a few Criterion references in your conversational holster) sampling hip, happening food and drink. Sweet Heat, held at the Nasher Sculpture Center's garden, will feature an array of sweets, dessert wines and cocktails with fiery flavors.
Friday means booze — and lots of it — at Shaken and Stirred ($55). Sample cocktails crafted by some of the city's finest mixologists as well as some tasty bites at an event where mixing and muddling are the name of the game.
Saturday marks Savor's two big events: The Reserve Tasting ($200) and The Grand Tasting ($125). The Reserve features a curated selection of fine wines and spirits and also grants access to the Grand Tasting. As the name implies, your mandible will be putting in overtime as you sample offerings from more than 50 restaurants. Eye of the tiger, people.
Savor wraps up on Sunday with The Breakfast Club - Waffle Wars ($50). This brunch-as-competition pits local chefs against each other in a contest that has but one true winner: you. You get to try all the waffles: the sweet, the savory and the syrupy.
What it be: Savor Dallas
When it do: Thursday, April 7-Sunday, April 10. Times vary by event — see website for details.
Where dat is: Locations vary by event — see website for details.
Bitter sisters usually aren't cause for celebration, but when hops are involved, things have a way of becoming festive. Bitter Sisters Brewery is celebrating its first anniversary with a big ol' party. That means special tappings, Pit Commander BBQ, obligatory commemorative drinking glasses, live music and yes, a magician.
What it be: Bitter Sisters First Anniversary Party
When it do: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9
Where dat is: 15103 Surveyor Blvd., Addison
The 5th annual Frisco StrEATS Food Truck and Music Festival is this Saturday. This event is perfect for the whole family, with food trucks that cover a wide variety of cuisines, live music to drown out the kids' crying and a beer garden for the big people who are in charge of the smaller people.
What it be: Frisco StrEATs Gourmet Food Truck and Music Festival
When it do: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Where dat is: 8800 4th St., Frisco
Do you love beer? Silly question, sorry. But what about puppies? If you're anything like us, you probably think they're right up there with naps and benzodiazepines. If that's the case, you should stop by Deep Ellum Brewing Company's fundraiser for Paws in the City. Tickets are $20 and include a pint glass, three beers and the full, happy feeling that can only come from helping pups. Or, you know, naps. Or benzos. Or beer. All proceeds benefit Paws in the City.
What it be: Pups & Pints
When it do: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Where dat is: 2823 St. Louis St., Dallas
Some things in life are pretty straight-forward: Stop when the light's red. Don't eat yellow snow. When biscuits pop up, freak out.
Biscuit pop-up 2.0 (1.0 sold out last time) will take place this Sunday outside of Local Press + Brew. Get your hands on a sandwich made from flaky, golden brown goodness before they're all gone.
What it be: Biscuit Pop Up 2.0
When it do: 9-11 a.m. Sunday, April 10
Where dat is: 1605 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas
The mudbug events just keep coming with Crawfish Fest at Dodie's in Rockwall. Suck head for a good cause: This event benefits the J.E.R Chilton YMCA's Angel Camp for children with special needs. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for kids and include all-you-can-eat crawfish.
What it be: Crawfish Fest
When it do: 11 a.m-4 p.m. Sunday, April 10
Where dat is: 2074 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall
El Centro College is holding their 8th annual Bits & Bites fundraiser, which benefits the college's culinary arts program. This year's fundraiser honors Janice Provost of Parigi and Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum. Tickets are $55 in advance or $60 at the door and include bits, bites and spirits to boot.
What it be: Bits & Bites
When it do: 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 10
Where dat is: 801 Main St.