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The Best Food and Beer Events of the Week (April 24 - April 28)

Wednesday, April 24

Tonight Craft and Growler will tap a keg of Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s new barley wine, Numb Comfort and they have the free glasses to prove it.

Thursday, April 25

Goodfriend is holding a fundraiser for the family of Ben Harris of Redhook Ale Brewing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Last week the 26-year-old Harris, a newlywed and expectant father, was filling a plastic keg with air to clean it when it exploded and shrapnel from the keg killed Harris. A portion of draft beer proceeds from Thursday through Sunday at Goodfriends will be donated to the Alysha Harris Baby Fund.

Friday, April 26

Food trucks will take over the parking lots around the Ballpark in Arlington Friday and Saturday for the first Texas Food Truckin' Fest. More than 30 food trucks will be there along with some activities for the kids, live music, and pre/postgame Rangers broadcast by FOX Sports Southwest. Tickets are $10 for one day or $12 for two days.

Granbury is hosting the fourth annual Wine Walk this Friday and Saturday with 15 Texas wineries, food, live music and an art sale. The event takes place in the Granbury Square Plaza. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate.

This weekend the city of Mesquite is hosting the seventh annual Real. Texas. Festival. at Rodeo Center (1818 Rodeo Drive). Pat Green is playing Friday night and Kevin Fowler on Saturday. Parking is free, tickets are $20 at the gate and there's the Taste of Mesquite Barbeque Competition with a $2,000 payout.

Saturday, April 27

Saturday is the third annual White Rock Local Market Chili Cook-off. And guess what. There are fancy ribbons for the winners. And even if your chili is awful, you still might get a fancy ribbon for your tent design. The proceeds from the event support a new White Rock Local Market community garden.

Sunday, April 28

This Sunday Stampede 66 is starting a new Sunday Supper that will include a modern Texas-style family dinner with fare that you might find on a West Texas dinner table, like honey fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, pork chops or chicken and dumplings. All the while, local bands will pick tunes in the background. Just like dinner out on the range.

Chop House Steaks and Seafood in Arlington is hosting a fundraiser for West. Workers will be set up in the parking lot in front of the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with burgers, beers and live music. All sales will go to help the community of West.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.