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A Burger Festival That Your Face Hole Might Enjoy

As you are no doubt aware, Dallas is the burger capital of the world. We proved it in our September issue. As part of our proof of superiority, our burger editor, David Hale Smith, reminded people that the hamburger was invented just down the road, in Athens, Texas. Which is why you ought to consider making the short drive this weekend for the Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival. If you go, don’t forget to bring your mouth.

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The Texas Veggie Fair Returns to Reverchon Park This Sunday

The largest veg-focused festival in the state returns to Reverchon Park this Sunday. The fifth-annual Texas Veggie Fair features chef demos, live music, yoga classes, speakers, vendors, beer and most importantly, food. Restaurants participating include Be Raw Food and Juice, Peak & Elm, Urban Acres and Whole Foods. The event is free and open to the public (and dogs) and runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Parking for the event is at American Airline’s Center’s AudiPark garage and costs $5.

A Sneak Peek at Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival

It’s obvious this city has a place in its heart for three things in particular: food, local artisans and celebrating the two together. With at least two festivals a week there’s always a chance to get involved, learn a thing or two, meet the faces behind our favorite products, shuffle our feet to some tunes, party and most importantly, binge eat for three days straight. Well, this year there’s a new festival in town and it’s a Chipotle addict’s heaven. On Saturday, October 18 at Lake Carolyn in Irving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Chipotle will host its Cultivate Festival. Here are some things you should know before you go.

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Continental Avenue Bridge Opens With a Gospel Brunch

While a gospel choir from a church in West Dallas sang, I dug into my salad of grilled Texas peach, arugula, and Paula (Lambert)’s fromage blanc. I couldn’t find my husband. He’d finished his sweet summer corn bisque and gone to get a drink from Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, who was holding court at the bar. The wind picked up and the crowd collectively sighed. We were sitting in the middle of Dallas’ newest park, the Continental Avenue Bridge, which used to be a motor vehicle bridge until its neighbor (the Large Marge) opened in 2012. Sunday, the Continental Bridge opened to pedestrians and cyclists. We were there for the Gospel Brunch, which was part of the Trinity River Revel’s bridge opening celebrations. It was around 12:30 p.m., and though the sun wasn’t at full force, it was out. And it was hot. But the breeze felt great, and the venue couldn’t be beat.

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Get Ready for the Long Table Gospel Brunch on the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

On Sunday, we have a chance to see the potential of the Trinity River Basin. Join the the celebration of the opening of the The Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, Trinity Skyline Trail, West Dallas Gateway Plaza, and Sylvan Avenue Bridge. Have brunch with 500 of your friends and hear from five gospel choirs, and support some great causes.

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Mark Your Calendar: Thai Culture and Food Festival, May 24-25

I’ve been to the Buddhist Center of Dallas twice—both times motivated by the amazing spread that can be found there. On Sundays, this hidden temple serves some of the best Thai food in Dallas. Elderly ladies and gentleman set up food stalls in a backyard food court area and make food to order. There’s spicy, fresh papaya salad and grilled meats. The only catch? You need a translator to help you order.

It’s always been one of my favorite, secret spots. One that I’ve been hesitant to share with you readers until now. But it looks like the Buddhist Center of Dallas is ready to let the rest of the community know what a gem it is. On May 24 and 25, it’s hosting a Thai Culture and Food Festival. There’s free admission for two days of food, dance, and a look into the beautiful culture. We sent our photographer Louie Solomon to catch some of the highlights from the press preview last week. Take a look.

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4 Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Spring is stunning in Dallas. It’s probably the best time of year to live in our great city. But if you have a little spring fever and you’re looking for a reason to get out of town on a long weekend, here are a few ideas over the coming months that are great excuses to hop on a plane or take a road trip.

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