Four Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, April 9-12

Long gone are the days when food trucks meant anonymous white vans and mystery burritos. Nowadays, food trucks are stalked with the aid of social media, with devotees willing to pay handsomely for dishes prepared on four wheels. This Thursday, Denton will be inundated by the likes of The Waffle Wagon and The Pickled Carrot during their annual food truck fest. The trucks will occupy three venues -- East Side Denton, Oak St. Drafthouse and Austin St. Truck Stop -- in order to maximize the street to food truck ratio.

What it be: Denton's Annual Food Truck Fest

When it do: Thursday, April 9 from 3-11 p.m.

Where dat is: Multiple locations


Cooking classes are always fun. They're non-threatening environments in which you can expand your culinary repertoire, learn new techniques and even meet someone. There's also the very real possibility of watching someone catch something on fire, which is always good for a laugh. Sur La Table's cooking classes are no exception. This Thursday, the Knox area location will host a Middle Eastern themed cooking class for $69 per person. This will be a great opportunity to learn how to roast, grill, make flatbread and season dishes just like the Middle Eastern grandmother you never had.

What it be: Flavors of the Middle East at Sur La Table

When it do: Thursday, April 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where dat is: 4527 Travis St., Ste. A


There's just something about having to carry a sampling card that makes drinking beer feel important. With each beer and its accompanying stamp, I feel a sense of accomplishment, like I've just appropriated something at the UN or maybe given someone a ticket for double parking. This Saturday, you too can taste the hoppy smack of satisfaction at the Big Texas Beer Festival. It will have 105 breweries and over 400 beers on hand. One $39 general admission tickets gets you a dozen 2-ounce pours, and they will be selling additional 12-pour cards on site for only $2 a pop.

What it be: Big Texas Beer Festival

When it do: Saturday, April 11 from 2-6:30 p.m. (advanced entry at 1 p.m. with the purchase of a VIP ticket)

Where dat is: Fair Park Automobile Building, 1010 1st Ave.


Gentlemen, it's time to break out the tights ... cause it's Shakespeare's birthday, hayoo! Celebrate in style with members of Shakespeare Dallas, artists and Bard fans alike as everyone's favorite dramatist turns 451. Tickets are $25 per person. The revelry will include live music, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a cash bar. Surely, this is one event even Shakespeare would willingly waste his time at.

What it be: Bard's Birthday Bash

When it do: Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m.

Where dat is: Times Ten Cellars 6324 Prospect Ave.


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