Festival season has arrived as this week’s lineup of events features three. One celebrates beer, another Dallas cuisine, and the third the state of Texas with food, drink and music. Also on the list are a Texas wine tasting, a Saturday morning social run followed by beer and breakfast, tea inspired by a Netflix hit, and the launch of a brand new brunch – the most important meal of the week in Dallas.
Thursday March 24
Cheramie wine tasting at the Garden Café
Historic neighborhood restaurant in Junius Heights will host a free wine tasting featuring a winery owned by a Black woman and Marine Corps veteran, Wine Cheramie from Texas. The tasting will begin at 5 p.m. and reservations are recommended.
Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival
More than three dozen Dallas chefs will serve delicious dishes at this tasting evening in the gardens of the Dallas Arboretum. The $149 ticket ($129 for members) also includes wine and beer. Sip and stroll among the 500,000 flowering bulbs while enjoying dishes from Knife Dallas, Meddlesome Moth, Fearing’s, Trompo, and more. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday March 26
Spill The Tea – A Bridgerton Inspired Affair at the Crescent Court Hotel
Warning: This event is sold out, but fans of the Netflix hit Bridgerton (which begins Season 2 on March 25) will want to list future dates for the same case. Organizers promise a “passion-worthy spread of delicious treats in a beautiful setting”, including walks through the gardens, live musicians serenading the show’s soundtrack and a menu endorsed by Lady Whistledown herself. same. Reservations are $100 plus tax and service charge, or $135 with unlimited champagne. Tickets include a special welcome cocktail, two selections of tea, a range of tea sandwiches, scones and pastries served with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream. The event takes place several times over three weekends. Tickets seats from March 26 to 28 are full; at the time of going to press, there is tickets left for April 2 and April 9 and 10.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company Social Run/Walk
Runners and walkers will enjoy this leisurely “three-mile” social ride followed by beers and breakfast. Tickets (which must be purchased in advance) are $30 and include the untimed race, three Deep Ellum Brewing draft beers, and a hot breakfast. Check-in starts at 7:30am and racing starts at 8:30am (or earlier if you wish). Last call for breakfast is at 11am.
Brunch launch at Harper’s
The globally inspired steakhouse — popular for its fully enclosed patio called The Glass Room — will launch brunch service with a party. The debut will offer guests a free glass of champagne and DJ music to set the mood. Menu highlights include whole lobster Benedict, Japanese pancakes with blueberry compote, and brunch spreads to share like brioche French toast and oak-smoked salmon. The party will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Texas Forever Festival
Celebrate Texas food and music at this one-day family festival in Plano. The event will take place at Haggard Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. There will be food trucks and festival food, as well as live music from Texas country artists including Pat Green, Walt Wilkins and Roger Creager. Festival-goers can also sample Texas beer and spirits during the Texas Spirits Tasting at the historic Saigling House nearby. Choose between Sunrise Samples (served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and Sunset Samples (served 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event and include approximately 20 two-ounce samples. Or get the one-day tasting pass for $40 in advance or $45 at the event.
Great Texas Oktoberfest
Scheduled to take place at the Fair Park Automobile Building, the Big Texas Beer Fest is in its 10th year and will feature over 500 beers, ciders, seltzers and more than approximately 100 brews. Customers will find rare selections not available on store shelves. Note that tickets usually sell out in advance. Tickets range from $42 general admission at 3 p.m. to $75 VIP admission at 2 p.m. Both include sampler cards for 12 two-ounce tastes, but additional sampler cards can be purchased for just $2 each. The event will run until 7 p.m.