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The Best Food, Drink and BBQ Events of the Week (Oct 24 - Oct 30)

The 3rd annual Blues, Bandits and BBQ is this Friday and Saturday in an old sunflower patch in Oak Cliff (715 W Davis Street). The two-day will have live music, Four Corners' beer and 23 teams cooking more than 1,000 pounds of meat. Admission is free, but if you want to taste the cook-off grub, you need to purchase a ticket in advance.

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Lakewood Brewing Company is gettin' saucy Saturday with a Temptress inspired Halloween party. Dress like a Temptress and then drink one. That's some honest debauchery. The festivities start as an informal brewery tour at 1:15 p.m. You'll get a souvenir glass and 4 free samples. There will be food, tunes and prizes for the best costumes.

This Friday is the open casting call for season four of MasterChef at Le Cordon Bleu from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They're specifically looking for amateur chefs with a good story. (And everyone has a story. If not, make one up.)

Earlier in the week Scott Reitz wrote about Friday Night Bites , which marks the return of Friday night service on the DCTA train from the Trinity Mills DART station to Denton, six days a week. The Denton Transit Center will have music and food trucks this Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday is Chicken Fried Steak Day. Find a place, take a seat and pay homage.

Road trip! This weekend is the Flatonia Czhilispiel. Remember all the old pictures in Chili's? I haven't been in a Chili's in a decade, so maybe they're still there. Regardless, the 40th annual Czhilispiel is all weekend and you should "czech" it out - it's just a quick four hour drive south. Robert Earl Keen and the Bellamy Brothers are playing Saturday night. And there's lots of great Czech food in addition to chili, barbecue and a Jackpot Margarita Contest. Little history: This event got started 40 years ago when Flatonia needed a doctor, so residents organized a chili cook-off and Czech heritage festival to raise the funds to send someone to medical school. They found a taker who agreed to a five-year commitment, but ended up staying longer... They should totally make a movie about that.

Our Englishman in BBQ Sauce is getting quite official. This weekend he'll be a judge at the 3rd Annual Gettin' Sauced barbecue sauce contest at the Hops and Grain Brewery in Austin. The event is this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature over 15 different Texas sauces.

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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.