Things To Do

This Weekend: Smoked BBQ Fest, Greek Food Fest and Dallas VegFest

Smoked BBQ Fest is back this weekend.
Smoked BBQ Fest is back this weekend. Melissa Hennings
Dallas’ annual Greek Food Fest returns this weekend to North Dallas. This is a chance to get all kinds of Greek experiences from food to music and dancing. For the former, you’ll find a gyro sandwich along with a souvlaki sandwich (chicken or pork marinated “Greek style” shish-kabob) or spanakopita (baked phyllo stuffed with spinach, dill and feta). You’ll also have a chance to see plenty of cooking demos for classic Greek dishes.

What: Greek Food Festival of Dallas

When: Friday, Sept. 21-Sunday, Sept. 23

Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Road

Tickets: $7-100 (ranging from admission to food to food and beverage)


Whiskies of the World happens in numerous cities across the U.S., and Dallas’ will feature more than 250 whiskies for a celebration of everything around the beverage. You’ll find food pairings, whiskey seminars and cigars. Chefs from places such as Tillman’s Roadhouse and Nickel and Rye will be providing the bites for the night.

What: Whiskies of the World

When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21

Where: Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave.

Tickets: $120-145; 21 and up.


The front patio of Harlowe MXM will be filled with Sichuan street foods this Friday night. While you’re strolling around Deep Ellum, stop by to try some handmade dumplings and egg rolls and grab a cocktail.

What: Sichuan Snack Street Pop-Up

When: 9 p.m.-midnight Friday, Sept. 21

Where: Harlowe MXM, 2823 Main St.


Attendees to this event in the park can taste the barbecue from the likes of Kreuz Market from Lockhart, Schmidt Family Barbecue from Lake Travis and some local spots such as Cafe Momentum. Those exploring the BBQ Pitmaster Classes can learn all about barbecue from pitmasters Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor, Texas) and Matt Pittman of Meat Church (Waxahachie). You’ll also hear from live bands the whole day to complete the food festival atmosphere. If that’s not your thing, there’s also the Trailer Park Olympics, where you can see armadillo races, a mechanical bull, chicken shit bingo and … a butt sketch caricature artist. Again, if you’re into that kind of thing.

What: Smoked BBQ Fest

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

Where: Main Street Garden Park, 1902 Main St.

Tickets: General admission is $50 in advance and gets you in at 2 p.m. with complimentary tastings. GA children’s passes, ages 6-12 are $10 (younger children are free). VIP passes are $96 in advance and will get you in at 1 p.m. with an extra hour and two complimentary drink coupons.


Dallas VegFest is a festival centered around nutrition and wellness — and meat-free eats. You’ll find speakers on nutrition, the environment and health, as well as cooking demos and vegetarian and vegan vendors. Admission is free.

What: Dallas VegFest

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23

Where: Kiest Park, 3080 S. Hampton Road


Oak Cliff favorite Bolsa is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by bringing back previous chefs and bartenders from the past decade. In the kitchen, you’ll find Graham Dodds, Jeffrey Harris, Andrew Bell, Eric Wolf and Joel Harrington. Behind the bar, Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, Jason Kosmos, “Dub” Davis, Kyle Hilla, Joni Long and Spencer Shelton will be pouring cocktails. They’ll open at 6 p.m. and keep serving until “the booze runs out.”

What: Bolsa’s 10-Year “Family” Celebration

When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23

Where: Bolsa, 614 W. Davis St.

Tickets: $10, which gets you complimentary food and $5 cocktails
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Taylor Adams has written about the restaurant industry for the Dallas Observer since 2016. Now the Observer's food editor, she attended Southern Methodist University before covering local news at The Dallas Morning News.