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Six Awesome Food Events, September 8-11: BrewFest, Chocolate Fest and Okrapalooza

So you've been to the Deep Ellum Wine Walk and the Bishop Arts District Wine Walk, but have you, my cabernet-guzzling friend, been to the Plano Wine and Art Walk? Downtown Plano can be quite charming, especially under the influence of a few sample-pours of vino. Pre-purchase tickets online and pick up your souvenir glass at check-in on the night of the event. Stroll, sip and shop your way through this tasting tour, with stops at participating downtown stores. Tickets are $10 and include live music and access to art exhibits.

What it be: Plano Art and Wine Walk

When it do: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8

Where dat is: 15th Street and K Avenue, Plano


The Dallas Chocolate Festival is upping the movie food stakes with a screening of "Bean to Bar: A Film About Artisan Chocolate." There will be cocoa cocktails courtesy of Solbeso, wine and chocolate pairings from Glazers and Chocolate Secrets, bites from FT33/Filament, freshly popped kernels from Crave Popcorn and even a chocolate-lover's concession stand. A Q&A session with the documentary's producer and two of the film's featured chocolate makers will follow the screening. Tickets are $35 per person.

What it be: Dallas Chocolate Festival Movie Night 2016 

When it do: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9

Where dat is: 15650 Addison Road, Addison


You don't have to be a blonde to run in the Deep Ellum Brewing Co.''s Dallas Blonde 5K. The only requirements here are that you pony up $35 for registration and enjoy chasing physical activity with beer. Runners who complete the Deep Ellum course will be treated to two cans each of DEBC's Dallas Blonde.

What it be: Dallas Blonde 5K 

When it do: 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Where dat is: 2823 St. Louis St.

On Saturday, local and national chocolate artisans will be out in full force at the Dallas Chocolate Festival. There will, of course, be lots of chocolate-consumption going on, but you can also participate in classes or watch demonstrations by Madame Cocoa herself. Admission starts at $30 for adults and is $5 for kids 

What it be: Dallas Chocolate Festival

When it do: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Where dat is: 15650 Addison Road, Addison

Not that we're biased, or anything, but if you're going to go to one food event this week it should be BrewFest 2016. This outdoor beer orgy will feature over 400 beers, of which you get to try 12 2-ounce samples for $45 ($55 day-of.) If that leaves you feeling sad about the other 388 beers then just remember that additional sampling cards will be available for purchase. Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID.

What it be: Sixth Annual Dallas Observer Brewfest

When it do: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 

Where dat is: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway 

Let us guess: you don't like okra. Yeah, neither does anyone else. But somehow this benefit cookoff has made it to year five. Oh wait, we know how. Because it's got okra dishes to taste, live music, free local beer, and it's got people that know their way around this much-maligned vegetable, all vying for "Okrapalooza Champion of the World." All the money raised from Okrapalooza goes to the Promise of Peace Community Garden, so put your qualms aside: It's slime-time. Tickets cost $45.

What it be: 7th Annual Okrapalooza

When it do: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11

Where dat is: 7530 East Grand Avenue (The Lot)


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Kathryn DeBruler
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