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Taste of Dallas July 11-13
By Rachel Hedstrom, The Gentry Agency
Jul 8, 2014
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DALLAS, TX - Taste of Dallas Presented by Ford is back, and now North Texas's favorite summertime activity is cooler than ever. The largest tasting event in DFW has a big table ready for tens of thousands of hungry tasters in Dallas's Fair Park July 11-13, 2014. Along with everyone’s favorite activity  tasting food from restaurants all over North Texas! – attendees can expect platefuls of fun at Taste of Dallas.

“Taste of Dallas has something new and fun every year,” said Billy McEntee, owner of Taste of Dallas. “This year is going to be the most exciting year yet with even more activity to go with all the great food.”

Kicking off the weekend is Date Night, an all-new Friday night of fun for couples with activities like palm readings, complimentary dance lessons and fun fair games keep things exciting. Whether you are on a first date or are rekindling a long-burning flame, getting out to enjoy Taste of Dallas together keeps things spicy. Are you the cutest couple on the planet? Don’t miss the opportunity to win prizes in the Taste of Dallas Cutest. Couple. Ever Contest coming up on the Taste of Dallas Facebook at www.facebook.com/tasteofdallas.org.

If you and your friends are ready to have a ball at Taste of Dallas, don’t miss Soccer Central presented by Dish for the area's best watch parties on Saturday and Sunday. Root for your favorite team on the big screen, and try out your own skills on the Dallas Sidekick's indoor soccer challenge courses to win prizes. Adults and kids alike: if fun is part of your weekend plan, then this event is a GOOOOAAAAALLLL for everyone on your team.

After all that fun, you’ll want to tuck into some tasty treats. All new for this year is an expanded indoor restaurant tasting experience that complements everyone’s favorite restaurants along the Esplanade. The 150,000 square feet of air-conditioned space indoors at Taste of Dallas will now feature 20 additional indoor restaurant booths, a culinary marketplace, health and wellness exhibitors, and the popular Taste of the Town VIP indoor tasting experience, not to mention The Sweet Factory, Kids' Taste Town and more.

In addition, North Texas's favorite restaurants will be featured along Fair Park's beautiful Esplanade fountains while more than a dozen food trucks will park outside for curbside culinary delights in Taste Curbside.

Taste of Dallas is a foodie’s paradise. There is no better way than Taste of Dallas to taste cuisine from more than 60 of Dallas’ best restaurants: with no entrée more than $3, participants have the opportunity to savor plenty of different tastes without breaking the bank. All indoor and outdoor restaurants will offer tastings from their menus for $1-$3 each, with many restaurants offering heart-healthy options. Restaurants include North Texas favorites such as Texas de Brazil, Z Taverna, Fernando's Mexican Cuisine, Texas Rib Rangers, Nuevo Leon, Pierre's Mardi Gras Cafe, Baby Cakes Cupcakery and more.

Nothing goes better with good food than fantastic music and Taste of Dallas offers a menu of musical options for you to bust your groove to. Remember the 80s? Who could forget! Keep it cool as you sing along to “Ice Ice Baby” with none other than Vanilla Ice himself, and enjoy your other favorite tunes from The Spazmatics, the ultimate New Wave 80s band. Are you a country fan? Don't miss Texas legend Jack Ingram on Sunday at Taste of Dallas! Plenty for the kids to do, and lots to eat, shop, and see make for a great weekend for eaters of all ages.

Taste of Dallas continues to support the work of the American Heart Association, which is Taste of Dallas’s official non-profit partner. American Heart Association will offer free screenings, entertainment, and heart-healthy education at the event.

The 28th Annual Taste of Dallas Presented by Ford is Friday through Sunday, July 11-13, 2014, in Dallas’s Fair Park. Parking is available for purchase in Fair Park, or attendees can ride the DART Green Line to Fair Park Station, which stops right at the front entrance to the event. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 per person at the gate (or $8 per ticket at Walgreen’s, which go on sale June 20), with free admission for children 5 and under with an accompanying parent. A family value ticket will admit up to five people and can be purchased at Walgreen’s for $30 (or $50 at the gate).

To receive more information, please visit www.tasteofdallas.org or call 972-590-8898. Become a Taste of Dallas Taste Bud for free by signing up on the site under the “Promotions” tab. Get all the latest news and Taste happenings by becoming a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tasteofdallas.org. Vendor inquiries should be directed to the appropriate contact found on tasteofdallas.org by clicking “Contact Us.”

JUST THE FACTS:

WHAT: 28th Annual Taste of Dallas presented by Ford

WHERE: Dallas’ Fair Park (1200 S. Second Ave, Dallas, TX 75210)

Parking is available at Fair Park, or attendees can ride the DART to Fair Park Station

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, July 11-13

HOURS: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday

TICKETS: One-day admission is $12 per person at the gate, or $8 per ticket at Walgreen's. A family value ticket will admit up to 5 people and can be purchased at Walgreen's for $30 (or $50 at the gate); kids 5 and under are FREE with accompanying parent or guardian.

Taste of the Town VIP Indoor Tasting Experience $40/person: Includes sampling card for 15 food tastings and 15 total beer, wine and spirits tastings. Tickets purchased online only at www.tasteofdallas.org, must be 21 years or over. General admission to Taste of Dallas included in ticket.

MORE INFO: Available via the website, www.tasteofdallas.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tasteofdallas.org, or via phone at 972-590-8898.