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The Olympics of Overindulgence: Here's a Look at Who's Coming to Iron Fork 2017

Snack until your face falls off at Iron Fork 2017, coming to Fair Park on Wednesday, April 26.
Snack until your face falls off at Iron Fork 2017, coming to Fair Park on Wednesday, April 26.
Melissa Hennings

There's not too many opportunities in this city where food-lovers can eat barbecue, burgers, Mexican food, fried chicken and Asian fusion in the same meal, but on Wednesday, April 26, you can do just that at Dallas Observer's Iron Fork. The annual food extravaganza features a seemingly endless array of bites from Dallas restaurants, along with eight beer/wine/cocktail samples and a live food competition.

The chefs facing off in this year's Iron Fork Chef Challenge are Aaron Staudenmaier of the new Lovers Seafood and Market and Eric Dreyer of Dallas dining mainstay Fearing's. The two will go head-to-head live on stage, whipping up meals on the fly with surprise ingredients supplied from Whole Foods, and the competition will be moderated by a certain Chef With No Name.

During that epic throw-down, Iron Fork-goers will have access to all-you-can-eat food samples from the following local restaurants and bakeries:

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9 Rabbits Bakery
Asador
Asian Mint
Cane Rosso
The Crab Station
Flavors Indian Restaurant
Gas Monkey Bar n' Grill
Grayson Social
Hash House a Go Go
Haute Sweets Patisserie
Isabelly's Chocolates and Sweet Treats
The Local Oak
LUCK at Trinity Groves
Meso Maya
Mi Dia from Scratch
Mozzarella Company / Empire Baking Company
Oddfellows
Old Town Creamery
One90 Smoked Meats
Pietap Pizza Workshop + Bar
Pollo Tropical
Pudding on Smiles
Salt & Pepper Catering
Scardello Artisan Cheese
Shake Shack
Snappy Salads
Sundown at Granada
Ten50 BBQ
Texas Toffee Queen
Topgolf
Wokk Asian Cookhouse / Bao Hop
XO Coffee Company
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse

That list is only gonna get bigger as Iron Fork draws near, so grab tickets fast. Another reason to buy tickets now: Prices will increase on Friday, March 24. From now through March 24, tickets are $35 for general admission and $65 for VIP. After that, prices go up to $45 (GA) and $75 (VIP), and day-of tickets will set you back $55 (GA) and $90 (VIP).

Iron Fork 2017, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 at Centennial Hall at Fair Park, 1001 Washington St.

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