Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas June 20-22

There's plenty to do around town this weekend with the World Cup and the Best Little Brewfest in Texas.

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Eat and drink to profit local charities this weekend. Saturday marks the longest day of the year, so get your hangover cure in early and pace yourself as USA’s next World Cup match is right around the corner.

Dream sweet ice cream dreams as you prepare for an Ice Cream Social like no other. In an effort to support Slow Food Dallas’ new education partnership with Skyline High School’s culinary department, Garden Café will host a special Ice Cream Social from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Guests will fork over a mere $15 for treats like gelato sundaes made with locally sourced milk, Lakewood Temptress beer floats and popsicles with Caledonia gin, honey and herbs. Additionally, you can expect local beer on tap and craft cocktails.

With a name like Best Little Brewfest in Texas, this North Texas beer festival sets the bar high, and it doesn’t disappoint. Established as a 100% for-charity festival, all proceeds go straight to Cloud 9 Charities. Sample local, national and international craft brews as you graze for grub from the finest food trucks and local establishments. This year the festival heads to Old Town Lewisville, a host of the Western Days Festival, meaning some of the best Texas musicians around. Come at 4 pm and stay through 7:30 pm to make the most of the night.

Looking for a more low-key way to chow down and still put your money in good hands? In an effort to support local family farms and encourage people to purchase unprocessed, wholesome food, Chipotle Mexican Grill will sponsor this Saturday’s White Rock Local Market at Lakeside Baptist Church. Starting at 8:00 am, Chipotle will offer $1,500 in $5 tokens to the first three hundred people to visit their tent. Everyone receives one voucher while supplies last and can redeem their coupon until 1:00 pm for any farm fresh products and artisan foods.

Patio season is here, and you’re not doing it right unless you have a furry friend by your side. Operation Kindness will help you find your new best friend with reduced adoption prices, door prizes every hour and food to keep you fueled. How can you pass up cute animals, free Hypnotic Donuts and coffee from Dunn Bros from 10 am to 11 am? Yes, we said FREE. Oh, and then there’s the food truck rally from 6 pm until 9 pm.

If you haven’t already jumped on the World Cup train, what have you been doing with your life this past week? Cover yourself in red, white and blue as USA takes on Portugal at 4:00 pm — we dub Klyde Warren Park as the best place to watch. FC Dallas moves its watch party tour to the park with a 20 foot video screen, Latin House Krew DJs, prizes, FC girls and mascot Tex Hooper. Grab a blanket, a piece of green and join the Dallas community in cheering on Clint Dempsey as he takes on Cristiano Ronaldo in the fight for the Cup (or just admire Ronaldo’s model looks).

Sunday brunch normally entails a heavy hand of waffles, maybe a hangover cure cocktail, and mingling in the sunny summer weather, but ZaZa’s Uptown Ballroom doesn’t do normal. Their grown-up Sunday School brunch is back and this time it’s themed Camp Zaza. ‘Camp Counselors’ will orchestrate a full family-style brunch by Dragonfly’s Chef Dan Landsberg, a bottle of bubbly per table and live entertainment for a price of $67.50 ($55 in advance online). Keep the party going through the night as this one starts at noon.

Lauryn Bodden is a summer intern and a goalkeeper for the SMU women’s soccer team.