Every year, Savor Dallas organizes a food and wine festival whose motto is “Celebrating Wine, Food and the Arts.” This two-day event takes place in late March, Friday and Saturday. Many events are held on the Saturday, like lunches, classes, tastings and the International Grand Tasting.
By far, my favourite event takes place on the Friday: the Arts District Wine Stroll. The idea is that you stroll from one venue to the other, tasting wine, beer and spirits and eating good food. You’re given a wristband and a wineglass when you check in. You have to return the glass before going out because it is illegal to carry an open container of alcohol in the street. Even if you’re walking and not driving.
The four venues are the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Winspear Opera House, all located in my favourite part of Dallas, the Arts District.
We bought our tickets in advance online. They cost $35, which is a great deal considering you can taste as much wine as you can and eat great food provided by local restaurants. There is even a dress code: smart casual, which makes the whole thing special. And the good thing is that although there always are a lot of people, it isn’t insanely crowded like other food and wine events here, especially in the summer. Crowds and heat: bad, bad combo.
Last year we had time to do the symphony center and the opera house. We had such a good time and there was such a good vibe that we decided we had to do it again. This year we started at the Nasher Sculpture Center gardens. It was beautiful. We strolled around the sculptures, sipping wine, taking photos, watching people, sampling good food. I was reluctant to go to the next venue.
Since the whole thing lasts only two hours, from 5 till 7, we had enough time to go to the DMA and taste a couple of wines and eat some cheese and crackers.
It was all so civilized and genteel. I thoroughly enjoyed this event.