Bits and Bites: Things to Do and Chew This Labor Day Weekend

Ethiopian coffee pot (photo via Flickr)
You’ll probably see one of these at Ethiopian Day in Plano Centre (photo via Flickr)
photography by Laura Callas

Since there’s so much to do this weekend, I’ll let you choose what’s best for you. I’m just the bearer of good news. You can thank me later. Or Matthew Maguire. I mean, he’s the machinist who proposed Labor Day in the first place.

Friday

Today kicks off the first day of the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival, going on from Friday evening to Sunday. At 6 p.m. tonight, you can hear ‘80s cover bands Scant and Escape perform renditions of the great blues supergroups Poison and Journey, among others. It’s going to be a hair-flailing, slightly-uncomfortable-tongue-wagging good time. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Pets, coolers and fingerless gloves will not be permitted.

Saturday

This is your official heads up if you haven’t gotten a gift for your significant other in celebration of International Bacon Day (you’re welcome). Take them to Dough Pizzeria‘s food tour from 12:30-3:30 p.m., which includes cocktails, candies, and baked goods infused with the one ingredient that makes everything taste better. Tickets are $55 a pop and cover a private bus, drinks, and aforementioned deli delicacies.

At 1:30 p.m., watch people hate themselves at Hypnotic Donuts, where contestants will be challenged to eat “five ghost pepper glazed doughnuts topped with habaneros, jalapenos, dried red chilies, cayenne pepper and drops of ghost pepper sauce” in the fastest time. If you’re the kind of person that derives pleasure from pain, email [email protected] before tomorrow. The rest of us will stand by the wall, eating our regular, nice donuts as we wait for an eventual winner. (Or loser, depending on how high of an importance you place on a fully functioning body.)

The Chocolate Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Tour presented by Dallas by Chocolate will drive you to Trailercakes, CocoAndre, and Dude, Sweet Chocolate all in order to sate the chocolate monster inside of you that threatens to gain control of your life and hurt the ones you love most. The tour is from 1:00-4:15 p.m. and tickets are $39.

Sunday

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. will be hosting their second annual Labor of Love Home Brew Competition from 6-10 p.m.. Over 40 Texas home brewers will be present to offer samples of their carefully crafted concoctions. Also on site will be a number of food trucks, including Doughboys Pizza and Pompeii DFW. Live music by live musicians can also be expected at the event. Tickets are from $10-20, depending on how fast you can snatch them up.

Join the Ethiopian community of Dallas for an entire day of cultural celebration at Plano Centre. It runs from noon until 1 a.m. They’ll be performing an elaborate coffee ceremony, which we hear you wouldn’t want to miss.

Jake Austin Medina is a D Magazine intern and a journalism major at the University of North Texas. He likes dogs, Reddit, pizza, and success.

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