The Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival is this weekend and the schedule is jam-packed with all kinds of goodness. Thursday night, gets things off to a tasty start with a barbecue showdown at W.R. Watt Arena, where pitmasters from across this great state will slice and serve the very best that smoke and meat have to offer. Friday offers two events: the Grand Tasting and Desserts After Dark. As the name implies, Grand Tasting is no small affair, with more than 100 wines, beers and spirits to choose from, as well as food crafted by area chefs. Desserts After Dark, meanwhile, provides a great venue for some of the area's best mixologists and pastry chefs to come together and create boozy magic. Saturday also offers two events: Rise and Dine (slated to be a brunch for the ages) and Burgers, Brews & Blues (which includes, in truly non-obfuscating fashion, both burgers and brews, as well as blues.) Sunday wraps things up with a Picnic at Panther Island. This event includes games and food the whole-damn-fam can enjoy, as well as food trucks and chuck wagons. Pricing and locations vary by event. Visit fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com for all the details.
What it be: Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival
When it do: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31-2 p.m. Sunday, April 3
Where dat is: Multiple locations in Fort Worth
Come on down to the Flying Saucer, 'cause you're the next participant on The Phenols Are Right. Learn all about the fundamentals of beer, including the history of the brewing process and different styles of beer. Guests will enjoy a six-beer tasting and small food pairing, which is sure to provide plenty of opportunity to throw around a newly acquired glossary of beer terminology. Just remember that the only thing people hate worse than lactobacillus is a know-it-all.
What it be: Game Show-Themed Beer Class
When it do: 7-11 p.m. Thursday, March 31
Where dat is: 14999 Montfort Drive, Addison
All aboard the beer train — next stop, Blackout Town. Over 120 breweries, both local and non, will be on hand to help you fill your drink card at the Big Texas Beer Fest. Advance tickets cost $39 and include a drink card with 12 two-ounce samples. Indecisive types, consider yourself forewarned: There will be more than 500 beers to choose from, including rare, common and craft varieties and everything in between.
What it be: Big Texas Beer Fest
When it do: 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 1
Where dat is: 1001 First Ave.
It's a bit of a hike, but get some food for the soul (and your belly) this weekend during a yoga retreat at Animal Farm Center. Participants will set up camp on Saturday (either bring your own gear or rent it from the farm for an additional $50) before doing some yoga, enjoying a juice-based "hoppy hour" and then sitting down for an om-worthy four-course dinner. Animal Farm's executive chef, Chandler Rothbard, will prepare the meal using local ingredients and pair each course with a brew from Karbach Brewing Company. On Sunday, campers can enjoy more yoga, meditation or just a stroll through nature before having brunch and packing up.
What it be: Yoga & Hops Retreat
When it do: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2-2 p.m. Sunday, April 3
Where dat is: 16723 Sycamore Road, Cat Spring
Whether you're in it for the pugs or just the mudbugs, come show your support at the the first annual Frisco Crawfish Festival at Grover's Bar and Grill. The festival benefits Habitat 4 Paws, a local rescue group. If doing good for goodness' sake isn't your jam, this event will also feature live music, including some toe-tapping zydeco, and crawfish out the wazoo. A $20 ticket buys three pounds of crawfish plus fixings (corn and potatoes.)
What it be: Frisco Crawfish Festival
When it do: 1-7 p.m. Sunday, April 3
Where dat is: 9305 Preston Road, Frisco
Les Dames d'Escoffier Raiser Grazer is either:
A) The French term for being a Snacky Onassis
B) A mid-century piece of agricultural equipment, or
C) An event with lots of tasty food and talented women.
Luckily for those who can attend, the answer is C. This event showcases the work of local female chefs, winemakers and farmers. In essence, it's the G8 Summit of Feminist Snacking. Guests can enjoy bites from chef Janice Provost of Parigi or a little something sweet from Jill Bates, Fearing’s pastry chef, to name just a few of the participating dames. The cost is $80 per person.
What it be: Les Dames d'Escoffier Raiser Grazer
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When it do: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3
Where dat is: 1010 S. Pearl Expressway