Monday, March 17, 2014

Savor Dallas: My Favorite Food Festival + Free Ticket Giveaway!

2015 Post-Event Update: I no longer recommend attending this event. It has been steadily declining for the past the three years to the point where the 2015 event was not worth going to. Here's why: None of the media reviewers I see there every year or strangers I talked to in line were wowed by the creativity and flavor in any of the dishes this year. This downhill trend started at the 2013 event and has culminated in zero "wows" in 2015. It's nearly the same vendors every year. It seems more of them have figured out they need to make the food ahead of time. Perhaps that explains why taste and creativity has suffered. Although I don't understand why they haven't also learned to bring more food because every year a quarter of the booths run out of food one hour before the event ends and almost no one has food with 30 minutes left. The ticket price used to be cheaper and a good value with several really creative and delicious dishes to try, but $120 ticket price per person is not even remotely worth what you get now. I recommend spending that money on the much tastier and more creative food at any of the reputable restaurants in Dallas.

You know I attend most of the food and drink festivals and events in DFW, but the one I look forward to the most is this Saturday's annual Savor Dallas International Grand Tasting. I like this event best because it offers the biggest variety of food from so many of the top restaurants in DFW—plus wine, beer, and spirits—and all of it is all-you-can-eat/drink. Also, there are no stupid food coupons needed to buy each item. In the words of comedian, John Pinette, you can just, "grab and move, grab and move!" The only thing you need to bring is a very empty stomach because you can't possibly taste everything at this event!

My favorite chocolatier, Kate Weiser Chocolates, will be there!

Anyone can buy a ticket to any one of the various Savor Dallas events happening on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at different locations and price points. The biggest event of them all is the International Grand Tasting on Saturday night, and I think it is worth the $120 ticket in the same way a night of great fine dining should be worth the price. These events have sold out many times before, so don't wait to buy tickets if you want to be sure to go.

For one lucky person, your $145 Fast Track Early Entry ticket will be FREE because you'll be coming with me on a Press Pass! I'm looking for someone who loves good food, drinks alcohol, likes to describe what you're eating, and can be my media assistant (i.e. hold multiple plates and glasses steady so I can take photos).

To Enter the Giveaway:

You must be 21 or older and available to meet in the lobby of the Dallas Convention Center at 6:15 p.m on Saturday, March 22. The event is 7-10 p.m., but we will get in at 6:30 with the "Fast Track" early entry ticket holders so we can get first dibs on all the best stuff. Be sure to arrive starving!

All you have to do is sign up for my blog email alerts. It's quick and easy, and I hardly write blogs anyway because I post to social media every day instead. If you were on my blog email list already, you would have gotten an email about this awesome giveaway. To sign up, look for the "Free Blog Updates" email box on my blog sidebar. Be sure to enter a valid email address and click the link in the verification email you'll receive, so I can contact you if you win.

I will pick a winner on Thursday morning and email him or her the good news. If I don't hear from the winner within the number of hours specified in the email, then I will pick a new winner, and so on until someone confirms they can go. The email will come from Dallas_Foodie@…, so be on the lookout for an email. Prizes are not redeemable for cash or any other option. I will update this blog when the winners are confirmed.

UPDATE: a winner has been confirmed.


  1. If we are already signed up for your blog email alerts, we are automatically entered in the giveaway. Right?