The result may be a far cry from Pecan Lodge, but hone your skills at the Dallas Farmers Market's Texas Barbecue Cooking Class this weekend.

Bits & Bites

Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend

Hone your barbecue cooking skills and celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

From cooking classes to 5Ks, there are several different ways to experience Dallas’ food scene this weekend.

Saturday, January 28

Hypnotic Donut Dash

When: Races start at 8 a.m.

Cost: $20 (One Mile Fun Run), $30 (5k – Adult), or $25 (5k – 12 and Under)

Earn your right to donut consumption in this 5K through Fair Park. Donut hole stations along the courses will coax even the most reluctant runners across the finish lines. Arrive at Fair Park early for a warm-up with Lotus Yoga. Stick around afterward for a “chubby bunny” contest, music, awards, and prize drawings.

More info.

Hub Street Food Truck Derby

When: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring the whole family to an afternoon in Plano with live music, locally brewed craft beers, food contests, and lots of food trucks serving all things gourmet and savory. Reserve your free spot.

More info.

Chinese New Year Festival

When: 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome the Year of the Rooster with an all-day festival hosted by the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Enjoy hourly performances (including traditional Chinese music and dance), grab lunch from the food trucks or from Monkey King Noodle Company, try some crafts and classes, and wrap up with a fireworks show. Registration is free.

More info.

Texas Barbecue Cooking Class

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $30 at the door

Hone your barbecue skills with the latest Dallas Farmers Market cooking class, led by executive chef Donald Chalko of the Omni Dallas Hotel.

On Tap’s Grand Opening 

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Growler fill station newbies, On Tap wants a place in your heart, and they’re throwing a huge party to seal the deal. With so many beer tastings, giveaways, and pint specials, you just might find your new craft beer love.

More info.

Addison After Dark

When: 10 p.m. to  2 a.m.

Cost: $5 before 11 p.m. or $10 for an all-night pass

Hit the patio after sunset for a stylish mixer at the Fusion Bistro in Addison, complete with music, dancing, hookah, cocktails, food, and beautiful people.

More info.

Sunday, January 29

Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairing

When: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $12

Need an excuse to eat more Thin Mints? LUCK Dallas has you covered with their third annual cookie and craft beer pairing. Local Scouts will be on site to help you restock your freezer.

More info.

House of Blues Gospel Brunch

When: Doors open at 12 p.m.

Cost: $40

Pay tribute to Dallas’s musical roots with a family style buffet and stirring gospel show at the House of Blues. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the International House of Blues Foundation, paying it forward to tomorrow’s artists and musicians.

More info.

Ginni Beam is a editorial intern.

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