It doesn’t get much more American than the all-you-can-eat buffet. But at Savor Dallas, the joy of sampling, sipping, and savouring cuisine from the top restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth is combined with delectable wines from all over the world. Celebrating its tenth year as the premier food festival in the state, Savor Dallas should be firmly fixed into any Texas itinerary.
Not only is the three-day event a superb way to taste innovative dishes from the top chefs in the area, it also offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy quality time at landmark venues.
Savor Dallas 2014 kicks off on 20th March with Savor The Arboretum, an event that offers patrons the chance to take in the botanical garden’s annual Dallas Blooms floral festival, without the crowds. The experience begins as soon as you walk through the gates of Dallas Arboretum and receive your souvenir crystal tasting glass. Then you’re free to explore the expansive gardens overlooking White Rock Lake with food, wine, beer, and spirit stops spread throughout the property. As the live music plays, you might just be inspired to tiptoe (or tap dance) among the tulips.
Less about the food, but all about the vino is the Arts District Wine Stroll on 21st March. With over three dozen wines for the tasting spread across Dallas Arts District venues (the largest urban district in the nation), you’ll get to enjoy world-class art both on the walls and in your glass. Venues include the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Several food trucks will be on location, too, for those wishing to taste treats from popular mobile restaurants.
Be sure to pace yourself at the opening events of the weekend because Saturday 22nd March is the biggest day of all. Throughout the morning and early afternoon, guests can partake in tasting seminars and hands-on classes including wine tasting and the art of mixology. Reserve Tasting will be offering attendees the opportunity to swish and swirl reserve bottles rarely poured outside of fine dining establishments or the wine cellars of private collectors.
The weekend culminates with the International Grand Tasting, where more than 40 local restaurants and celebrity chefs prepare a variety of their very best dishes, each paired perfectly with individual wines. This year, nearly a dozen spirits will be served, including a handful from Texas distilleries. Additionally, ten or so internationally renowned beers will offer an alternative to yet more wine.
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Written by Steven Lindsey
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About the author: StevenSteven Lindsey
Steven Lindsey is a Dallas editor, freelance writer and obsessed lover of travel, food and cocktails. His writing career began at the age of 5 when he started writing his first (admittedly very short) novels. In junior high and high school he became editor of every publication he could get his hands on and eventually went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and English before embarking on a professional writing career. Currently he is Deputy Editor of Rundown.com and Contributing Editor of its Dallas edition, as well as Contributing Editor of GayListDaily.com's USA and Dallas. Additionally, he regularly contributes to Dallas Voice, DAPPER men's magazine, WHERE Magazine, Gayot.com travel guide, and the Dallas Morning News special sections.