Kick-off your summer by indulging the foodie in you, and attend the 35th annual Taste of Dallas. The event’s organizers advertise it as the largest family-friendly food festival in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The three-day food fest celebrates the city’s cultural diversity with Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern food offerings available alongside traditional Texan delights such as BBQ and Tex-Mex fare. Since you will need to wash down all that delicious cuisine, beverages, including wine, beer and cocktails, will also be served. Texas-based businesses will showcase products made in the state, and attendees will be able to purchase merchandise made by craftspeople from the Metroplex, which is the term locals use to refer to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Hundreds of chefs, exhibitors, sponsors and restaurants will be on hand to offer a staggering variety of dishes. Everything from classics like burgers and sliders to gourmet French, Argentinian, Vietnamese and Thai bites will be featured at the Taste of Dallas. For those with a sweet tooth, there’ll be plenty of pastry, chocolate, ice cream and dessert offerings.
There will be specialized food zones, such as BBQ Bliss and Tacophoria. Attendees will see why Dallas was ranked among the top seven vegan-friendly cities in the country in 2019 when they visit the Veggie Delite zone. For food truck dining aficionados, some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s top food trucks will be present, serving everything from Cuban fare and po’boys to cupcakes.
In the Beer Garden, you’ll be able to sample both local and international beers, including those made by some of the Metroplex’s emerging craft brewers. Mixologists will be creating craft cocktails at the Taste Tavern, and wine flights, masterfully coupled with small plates, will be available in the Wine Garden. Festivalgoers will be able to take advantage of the drink experts at the event to learn about the wine- and beer-making processes and the best ways to mix a great cocktail.
Play Zone: Over 40,000 square feet of the festival’s space will be devoted to an area filled with kid-friendly activities, such as midway games, a DJ school, inflatables and slides and hands-on cooking demos and learning opportunities.
The Marketplace: Here you’ll be able to shop to your heart’s content and know that your dollars are supporting local artisans. A variety of food and products created by local craft and culinary businesses will be available for purchase.
Go Texan Market: Exhibits in this festival area will further the mission of Go Texan, which is to promote the state agriculture, businesses, products, culture and communities of Texas. Goods featured here are certified as made in Texas and include items such as seasonings and BBQ rubs, beef jerky, organic juices and handcrafted cheese and jellies.
Dallas is known for its hot summer weather. To make sure everyone enjoys the festival in air-conditioned comfort, the Taste of Dallas is now held indoors at Dallas Market Hall, which is located north of Downtown Dallas at:
2100 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
This family-friendly event just naturally integrates with the nature of RVing, so it would make an excellent addition to a Texas RV trip. While there is no overnight RV camping at the Taste of Dallas, there are several area RV parks where you can enjoy Texas hospitality and the warm weather while you swim, fish or go bike riding. As the festival’s location is near Downtown Dallas, there are no RV parks or campgrounds in the immediate area, but there are some within a 30-mile radius. To the west of Dallas is the Dallas/Arlington KOA Holiday, where you’ll find a pool, bike rentals and a dog park. East of Dallas is the Plantation Place RV Park, set on a private estate just a mile from Lake Ray Hubbard. The Sandy Lake MH & RV Resort, featuring an outdoor pool and a clubhouse, is a 15-minute drive to the north. Boasting a kid’s playground and plenty of shade is the Dallas Hi Ho RV Park, just 20 miles south of Dallas.
If you’ve been missing out on the joys of RV camping because you can’t make the financial commitment to purchase a recreational vehicle of your own, fear not. RVshare has plenty of RV rentals available. Whether you want a motorhome for a large crowd, a small camper for two or a travel trailer that can also haul motorbikes and other toys, you are sure to find what you need with RVshare.
As mentioned previously, there aren't any RV parks close to Downtown Dallas, but you can stay at a few outside the city. Staying at any one of the several Dallas Market Hall-area hotels would put the festival within walking distance. The Renaissance Dallas Hotel is located across the street from the event’s venue. Other hotels just a 10-minute walk away include the Hilton Anatole, the Sheraton Suites Market Center, the Fairfield Inn Market Center, the Holiday Inn Dallas Market Center, the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Market Center and the Courtyard by Marriot Dallas Medical/Market Center.
Dallas Market Hall is located just off Interstate 35 East, or I-35E, which is also known as the Stemmons Freeway. If you’re coming from Downtown Dallas, head north on I-35E, then take exit 430B towards Wycliff Ave./Market Center Boulevard. Merge onto N. Stemmons Freeway, which is a street and not to be confused with Stemmons Freeway, another name for I-35E. Turn right at Market Center Boulevard. Dallas Market Hall parking will be on the left-hand side of the street.
If you’re traveling southbound on I-35E, take exit 430C onto N. Stemmons Freeway. Turn left at Wycliff Avenue. Follow Wycliff to Market Center Boulevard, and turn right. Dallas Market Hall parking will be on the right-hand side of the street.
If you’re traveling southbound on the North Dallas Toll Road, exit at Wycliff Avenue and turn right. Continue on Wycliff to Harry Hines Boulevard, turn right, and then make a U-turn at the first stoplight onto Market Center Boulevard. Dallas Market Hall parking will be on the right-hand side of the street.
There are over 7,000 parking spaces at Dallas Market Hall, and Taste of Dallas parking is free. Anyone traveling with a towable RV can unhitch it and drive the tow vehicle to the festival. It’s a different story if you’re bringing a drivable recreational vehicle. As all motorhome owners know, finding a parking spot for a large RV can be a bit of a challenge. Your best bet is to contact the venue’s management, let them know the RV’s length and inquire whether there are suitable parking spaces.
Another option is to park at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Market Center Station on nearby Harry Hines Boulevard. It’s only a 10-minute walk via a pedestrian bridge to Dallas Market Center. From there, it’s a six-minute walk to Dallas Market Hall. The DART station’s parking lot has 238 spaces.
The Market Center Station is served by DART’s Green and Orange lines and their respective connecting DART buses. Although it may take you longer to travel to the festival and back, taking public transportation rather than driving may be a good idea. That way, there’s no need to designate a driver, and everyone in the travel party will be free to enjoy the Beer and Wine Gardens.
Taste of Dallas tickets may be purchased by using the link on the Taste of Dallas website. Tickets are divided into two types: Foodie Experience and General Admission. The Foodie Experience is all-inclusive and features unlimited food tastings in a designated Food Experience zone. Wine, beer and spirit samplings are included, which is why it’s available only to those 21 years of age and older. General Admission tickets start at $10. You’ll need to purchase food and beverage coupons, which will be sold both online and at the festival in sheets of 18 coupons for $20. The cost of food tastings will range from one to five coupons, but don’t worry. Plenty of free tastings will be offered as well. General admission is free for children 12 years of age and under who are accompanied by a paying adult. General admission ticket prices will be higher at the gate.
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