If you like festivals and you’re into food, this upcoming weekend (9/28 to 9/30) is going to be a treat for you.
First up, it’s the kickoff weekend for the State Fair of Texas, known to food lovers as a celebration of all things deep fried. With vendors competing for fried honors such as Best Taste and Most Creative, the State Fair is truly the “Fried Food Capital of Texas.” New items this year include fried cookie dough, fried latte, fried chili frito burrito, fried banana pudding, fried guacamole bites, fried peach cobbler on a stick, and fried sweet potato pie. The State Fair is also encouraging vendors to trans-fat-free oils for frying, so you can feel a little (just a little) less guilty about your indulgences.
Second up is the Dallas food event I’m most excited about each year, the Greek Food Festival of Dallas. The festival features plate lunches and dinners as well as tons of a la carte options, featuring my favorite deep fried invention of all time, loukoumades (Greek honey balls), which I don’t believe are available at the State Fair. The plated meals are large in serving size, so consider splitting a plate with a friend and purchasing other goodies a la carte to stuff yourself to the max. The festival also features live music and dancing (Constantine from American Idol will perform Saturday night and Sunday afternoon), cooking demos, and a variety of Greek imports at the marketplace.
Last and perhaps least well known of the group is the Japanese Fall Festival (Akimatsuri) presented by the Dallas Japanese Association. Sunday (9/30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm, the festival will feature music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, children’s games, cultural booths, raffle prizes, and most importantly, food from local Japanese restaurants (Sushi Sake, Sushi Yama, Royal Tokyo Sushi Den, Ino Japanese Bistro, Teppo, and more).
You can experience Texan, Greek, and Japanese cultures all in one short weekend. What more can a curious foodie ask for?