Klyde Warren Park will host Park and Palate,one of the hottest culinary events in Dallas. It’s almost better than the State Fair! This year it will be held October 22, with the kickoff event on the 21st. If you live within 200 miles OR you’ll be traveling this way be sure to snag tickets. You don’t want to miss it.
I sure don’t want to miss it!
I am so excited. We do things big in Texas from hair to the State Fair and, in my opinion, Park and Palate is big. If you were following me on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram last year you’ll remember the bazillion images that Erin and and I took of the two day event. If you weren’t following me here’s a recap. (Disclosure: We were given media passes last year)
You may notice Amanda Freitag in the top right picture? She was one of the judges last year. I got to breathe the same air as Amanda Freitag!
It was not a low carb weekend but the extra time in at the gym was so worth it.
Klyde Warren Park
So, if you’re not from Dallas you are probably wondering what the big deal about Klyde Warren Park is all about. It’s a gorgeous urban park that’s right downtown. There are all kinds of free activities there from morning yoga and tai chi to concerts and movies. You can catch Pokemon there. You can read a book. Plus it’s just beautiful. It’s an integral part of the city and used by thousands of people every week.
Definitely worth supporting.
Park and Palate Events
Park and Palate is a celebration of Texas food and flavors. The region’s most popular chefs come out to share their dishes plus there are wineries, breweries, and liquors from all over the world. The kickoff event, Down to the Roots is Friday night. Two chefs from each major city in Texas will team up to create a dish that reflects their city. There will also be live music from Eric Paslay (!!), Barbed Wire (Dean Fearing’s band… he’s one multitalented chef!), and DJ Lucy Wrubel. You’ll need special tickets to attend this VIP event… but they are worth it.
The Grand Tasting is held on Saturday. This is the main event. More than 30 chefs, 30 wineries, craft cocktails, beer… it’s incredible. I love that the chefs are actually there so you get a chance to talk to them (very briefly because they are busy) about their food. Same with the mixologists, sommeliers, and brewers.
Last year the event was in September and it was hot. This year it’s at the end of October so the weather should be gorgeous.
This is a strictly over-21 deal. With all of the alcohol the park asks that you don’t bring your children. Last year I saw several kids running around during the event even though the same request had been made. Let me just say that I have eight kids. I like kids. An event like this is not kid friendly. Get a babysitter. It’s worth it.
You can pre-purchase your tickets on the Park & Palate website. That’s definitely my recommendation. If you don’t get them early you can buy them at the registration desk located on the north side of the park by Savor Gastropub.
Here are your options –
- You can valet for $20 per car.
- Dallas Museum of Art Garage, 1916 N. St. Paul Street.
- Trammell Crow Center Garage, 2001 Ross Avenue
- One Arts Plaza Garage, 1722 Routh Street
- Metered Street Parking around the park and throughout the Arts District
- McKinney Ave Trolley
Here are my thoughts –
I am going to valet. Last year Erin and I ended up parking several blocks away because I couldn’t figure out where to park. It was night and we walked through several blocks of construction. Dallas is a great city but walking through several uninhabited blocks of dumpsters and random portapotties is just stupid. Don’t be stupid. Don’t be like us.
If you don’t know parking in the area well get an Uber or valet park. Actually, Ubering sounds really good considering the amount of alcohol available.
This is going to be so much fun, y’all! Don’t miss it. You just don’t get a chance to taste this much amazing food all at once.
Oh… and wear your fat pants. Seriously.