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Dallas — By Tui Cameron on July 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm
Filed under: celebrity chef, cooking demonstration, Family Friendly, festival

Taste of Dallas has a lot on its plate

Chef David Bull of Bolla restaurant in Dallas.

Chef David Bull of Bolla restaurant in Dallas.

Now in its 24th year, the 2010 Taste of Dallas is having growing pains. So much is planned for this year’s festival that the whole thing is moving to Fair Park. Not only does this mean air-conditioning (hooray!), but there will be lots more room for all the activities lined up for the weekend of July 9th – 11th, 2010.

As you will see as you scroll down, this year’s Taste of Dallas in Fair Park is going to be an action-packed event. Here’s a tip: Skip long entrance lines by purchasing tickets in advance at local Borders and Albertsons stores. Click here for a complete list of places to buy advance tickets.

Food Booths What’s a “taste-of” celebration without plenty of things to taste? Local eateries will have booths set up in Fair Park offering treats from their menus all priced between $1 and $3 so you will have room to try out several different restaurants without filling up too quickly.

Here are just a few of the many participating restaurants:

  • Bolla
  • Chamberlain’s Restaurants
  • Cowtown Diner
  • Big Chucks Oyster Bar
  • Capriccio Ristorante
  • Carolina’s Mexican Cafe
  • Woodfire Kirbys
  • Soho Food and Jazz
  • Taco Mundo
  • Texas de Brazil Churrascaria

Chef Jason Boso of Cowboy Chow and Twisted Root Burger Co.

Chef Jason Boso of Cowboy chow and Twisted Root Burger Co.

Cooking Demonstrations Foodies will find plenty of inspiration at this year’s Taste of Dallas. Local chefs show you how it’s done, then offer samples to the audience. Jason Boso, creator/owner of Twisted Root Burger Co., and Cowboy Chow is one of several chefs demonstrating at this year’s Taste of Dallas. Considering that everything on the menu at Twisted Root Burger Co. is made from scratch (including the ketchup, mustard, and rootbeer) it will be a delight to see what Jason cooks up for his demonstrations.

David Bull of Dallas’ swanky venue Bolla will also be onhand. This former Iron Chef America contestant (with secret ingredient wild boar), and James Beard nominee for the Best New Chef Southwest will certainly have something tasty to share with audiences, as well. You can even check out his website to get your appetite going.

Other chefs appearing at this year’s Taste of Dallas include:

  • Scott Romano of Charlie Palmer at the Joule
  • Scott Jones of Cowtown Diner
  • Chase Cheatham of TJ’s Seafood Market
  • Matt Mortimer of Blue Goose
  • Aw Shucks, Big Shucks and Jeanette Prasfika of vegetarian-friendly Crosby Cafe

Live music fills all 3 days of the festival.

Live music fills all 3 days of the festival.

Live Music Live music complements a festival the way fine wine complements a good meal. To that end, the Taste of Dallas has lined up music for the whole weekend.

July 9th, 2010: While it’s too hot for legwarmers, you can still rock your mullet, or at least wear your favorite 80’s concert T shirt for Friday’s 80’s night, featuring tribute bands Live 80 Band, and Le Cure. While I don’t know if any of the booths will be serving rock lobster, there will be drink specials that evening, too.

July 10th, 2010: Saturday’s music is all about Texas, with a full menu of Lone Star locals for you to enjoy, such as Somebody’s Darling, King Bucks, the Mo Robson Band, and more. The alt/country band, Old 97s is the headlining act, and will play old favorites as well as tunes from their new album, “Blame it on Gravity.”

July 11th, 2010: The entertainment continues right on through Sunday, when Cas Haley, the O’s, TJ Broscoff and Trey Williams will fill Fair Park with the sound of music.

Sports Zone Sports lovers will enjoy the Taste of Dallas Sports Zone where they can mix and mingle with players, cheerleaders, mascots and games from all the local area teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and more.

NASCAR aficionados can check out a Sprint Cup Series car that the Texas Motor Speedway is sending over. Meanwhile, hoop fans can win a brand new car if their free throw skills are good enough.

Kid’s Activities Kids love to eat, too, of course, and the will not be neglected at the Taste of Dallas. This year’s Kids Taste Town offers pleny of activities to either work up an appetite or run off some of that tremendous energy we all wish we had. This area features bounce houses, giant slides, face painting, Radio Disney, and more.

Taste of Dallas offers refreshing beverages, too.

Taste of Dallas offers refreshing beverages, too.

Arts & Crafts The Taste of Dallas Marketplace offers crafts, jewelry and other items for sale. In addition, the Taste of Dallis Artists’ Enclave will feature craft demonstrations, as well as art projects that you can join in on.

Prize Giveaways Feeling lucky? Microsoft is giving away 6 Microsoft Kin smart phones each day. Taste of Dallas also has a Minute to Win It talent contest. This is your chance to win prizes by demonstrating your own special skills.

5K Run If you want to run off those extra calories, compete in the Taste of Dallas 5K Run on Saturday morning. Pedometers will be on sale for a mere $1, with proceeds going to theAmerican Heart Association.

What: 2010 Taste of Dallas in Fair Park
When: Friday, July 9th (4p.m. to Midnight), Saturday, July 10th (11a.m. to Midnight), and Sunday July 11th (Noon to 6p.m.)
Where: Fair Park, 300 Robert B Cullum Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75210 (map)
Price: $5 per person, Kids 12 and under are free. Purchase advance tickets here.
Parking: $10 at Fair Park. You can skip parking altogether by taking DART’s green line, which drops you right at the Taste of Dallas front gate.
More information: Visit the Taste of Dallas
official website.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Taste of Dallas

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