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The Best Food and Drink Events in Dallas This May

Festivals, a special dinner, and a cool art fair at a brewery are what we have our eye on this month.
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The bar at El Carlos Elegante. The glasses pictured *aren't* filled with Bordeaux wines, but you could be drinking one there on May 17. Elizabeth Lavin

May 13

The beer art fair at Celestial Beerworks

Yes, that’s a “beer art” fair: Venus Fest celebrates the artwork on beer cans, as well as photography from breweries, flash tattoos, live paintings, interactive art installations, “projected dance films,” and music. Celestial has rounded up design-savvy, artful breweries from around the country, and, in a nice touch, the guest beers will not be on tap—because you want to admire the labels.

There will also be an art auction, which includes 15 international breweries. Three levels of tickets are available: general admission, VIP (early entry and more beer), or, if you like art but don’t want to imbibe, a cheaper option includes access to the art show and live music but doesn’t include drink tickets.

This is also the public debut of Celestial Beerworks’ new location at 2137 Butler St., a half-mile walk from the taproom. This new spot will be primarily a production space, with the capacity for big private events like Venus Fest. As production moves over, look for the original taproom will expand.

Venus Fest will benefit Tracy’s Kids, an art therapy charity for cancer patient children. Three food vendors will be on site: Picadera Latin Street Food, Hedarys Fresh Mediterranean, and My Pies Pizzeria. 2530 Butler St.

May 17

Bordeaux tasting and dinner at El Carlos Elegante

Harold Langlais, a winemaker with Château le Puy winery who specializes in Bordeaux, is making his first visit to Texas and will commemorate it with a dinner at El Carlos Elegante. The dinner and tasting will feature wines from Château le Puy, which has been growing grapes for more than 400 years. That means vintage wines and a five-course meal inspired by Mexico City.

Menu details weren’t available. Tickets are $250 each. 1400 N. Riverfront Blvd.

May 21

Sunny South Dallas Food Park at Fair Park

What was originally called the MLK Food Park is now the Sunny South Dallas Food Park, which will include mostly Black-owned businesses and vendors serving vegan and non-vegan food options. Some vendors will also sell handmade goods for purchase, and there will be kid-friendly entertainment and live music.

Admission is free. Click here for more information. Grand Place (inside Fair Park), 3701 Grand Ave.

May 27

AAPI Night Market Block Party

It’s AAPI Heritage Month, and Krio and Asian Grub is hosting a block party featuring food from Asian restaurants across North Texas. About 30 food and art vendors will participate, including Krio, Khao Noodle Shop, Sabaidee Sweets, Sharetea, and more. Expect music and entertainment throughout the night.

Admission is free, with the exception of food and beverage purchases, but for the exceptionally hungry, a “Fastpass” is available for $75. It allows customers to skip regular lines and hop into the fastpass lane for food purchases and includes five food tickets and two drink tickets. All proceeds from the fastpass tickets sales will go toward Make-A-Wish.

The party starts at 5 p.m. Fastpass tickets can be purchased here. 233 W. Seventh St. Ste. 100.  

May 28

Carne Asada Fest

One of the biggest Latinx festivals in North Texas is back to celebrate Latinx culture through two of the best things in life: music and food.

Carne Asada Fest will light up Gilley’s Dallas with music from Michael Salgado, MC Magic, Fulanito, Jenny B, and more. Local DJs including DJ Madd and DJ Albery G will also take the festival for a spin. The food options are aplenty. More than 25 vendors include Val’s Seafood Kitchen, Leo’s  Churro Bar, Arvizu’s Taqueria, Elotes Mendoza, and more.

Free carne asada will be given to the first 100 people. Tickets start at $45 for general admission. VIP tickets are available for $150, and those include a paloma, private food set-up and more. P.S. Don’t worry about being on a Sunday—it’s Memorial Day Weekend! 1135 Botham Jean Blvd.

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