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Chefs for Farmers is back and bigger than ever

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The Dallas culinary world is gearing up for the sixth annual Chefs For Farmers event in support of the North Texas farming community. This is a premier food and wine festival and three full days of events, such as the backyard fest dinner and a street food night market. Created by Dallas restaurateurs Iris Midler and Matt McCallister, Chefs for Farmers has come a long way in just a few years. It started as a long-table dinner for 125 people at Eden’s Organic Farm in Balch Springs, Texas; though it’s bigger and better than ever, the goal has never changed. Chefs for Farmers brings farmers and local chefs together to work closely and support each other. CFF represents the culinary ecosystem of North Texas and draws thousands every year.

This year, Chefs For Farmers will take place on November 2-4, 2018. Over 80 locally and nationally acclaimed chefs, 20 farmers/artisans and 50 wineries, breweries and distilleries will be participating. As part of its commitment to encouraging sustainable relationships between chefs and the farming community, Chefs For Farmers provides stipends to participating chefs and farms to create locally sourced dishes for the festival.

“It’s so rewarding to see our event that began as an intimate dinner on a farm transform into one of the leading culinary events in the nation,” Iris Midler, co-founder of Chefs For Farmers said. “We love seeing attendees faces light up as they make the connection between the amazing food they are eating, the chefs who created it and the farmers who made it possible.”

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Here’s the festival schedule. Plan accordingly.

Friday, November 2: Fearing’s Fall Harvest Backyard Fest

Fearing’s Restaurant, known for its “Elevated American Cuisine and home of Bold Flavors, No Borders,” will be feeding farmers and attendees during this exclusive dinner at The Ritz Carlton – Dallas. Joining namesake chef Dean Fearing will be iconic chefs Wolfgang Puck, Norman Van Akins and Robert Del Grande.  Fearing’s Fall Harvest Backyard Fest includes a cocktail reception followed by a family-style dinner with entrees fusing flavors from each of the award-winning chefs. The event concludes with live music from Chef Fearing and his band.

  • 7 – 10 p.m.
  • The Ritz Carlton | Dallas, 2121 McKinney Ave.
  • Tickets are $175 per person and can be purchased online.

*This event is 21+ only.

Saturday, November 3: Street Food Night Market presented by Audi

Dallas is going global during this evening of all-star chefs, craft beers, top-shelf spirits, and more. Victory Park will be transformed into an international food hall where guests can sample flavor influences from around the world. Select participating Street Food Night Market chefs include: Angela Hernandez (Fine China), Jesus Carmona (Tacos Mariachi), Kent Rathbun (Shinsei & Imoto), Luis Olvera (Trompo), Matthew Ford (Billy Can Can), Nikky Phinyawatana (Asian Mint), Ryan Olmos (CiboDivino), and others.

  • 7-10 p.m.
  • Victory Park
  • Tickets are $75 per person for general admission and $95 per person for VIP. (VIP includes 30-minute early entrance with specialty food and drinks.)

*This event is 21+ only.

Sunday, November 4: The Main Event

The Main Event will take over Dallas’ first-ever park, Dallas Heritage Village, to create the dining experience of the season. Attendees can sample bites created by more than 50 hard-working farmers and chefs. New this year, Chef John Tesar (Knife) has invited some of the top pitmasters in the nation to add their BBQ best to the event. Award-winning chefs in attendance at The Main Event include Billy Durney (Hometown Bar-B-Que), Sam Jones (Sam Jones BBQ), Stephen McHugh (Cured), Alex Seidell (Mercantile), Tyson Cole(Uchi) and many others. There will also be wine, beer and spirits, as well as DJs and live music.

2-6 p.m.

Dallas Heritage Village | 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas

Tickets are $99 per person for general admission and $150 per person for VIP. (VIP includes 30-minute early entrance with specialty food and drinks.)

*This event is 21+ only.

To learn more about Chefs For Farmers and buy tickets, visit chefsforfarmers.com.

Alexandra Cronin
Alexandra Cronin is the senior editor at Plano Profile. She has a Bachelor's in English (with a concentration in Creative Writing) from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. After graduation she wrote for The Resident magazine in London, before returning to home. She loves great coffee, good food and average wine.

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