Savor Dallas food festival starts Thursday

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Savor Dallas, an annual food and wine tasting festival, opened today, March 19.

The multi-day extravaganza boasts sample sized bites from Dallas’ most loved restaurants and bars.

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Each day features a unique daytime event as well as a recurring Toast of the Town in the evening, a themed tasting party featuring anything from Italian to burgers.

Taking place across Dallas, Savor celebrates many neighborhoods and landmarks.

The Arts District Wine Stroll begins at 5 p.m and it’s is a priceless opportunity to enjoy a multisensory tasting experience.

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While sampling wine and other drinks, guests walk through the Nasher Sculpture Center, Meyerson Symphony Center and more in the Dallas Arts District, drinking in the sculptures and paintings.

Tickets are $40, and of course, you must be 21 to attend.

Today’s Toast of the Town includes gourmet burger tasting, a sherry-based cooking class and sampling, an Italian offering at Nonna, and more.

Though the event is sold out, Savor the Arboretum is worth a mention.

Guests will enjoy freshly prepared food from culinary masters, as well as a curated selection of wine, amid the sunset-kissed botany of the Dallas Arboretum.

I, for one, am jealous.

The food includes selections from restaurants like Banh Shop, The Mozzarella Company, and Empire Baking Company.

Friday’s Toast of the Town is Monterrey Masters Chef Dinner, an offering of Mexican cuisine by guest chefs.

Saturday’s events are the main course of the week’s events, so to speak.

The Reserve Tasting and The Grand Tasting are Savor’s largest and most luxurious tastings, featuring the biggest selection of food and wine possible.

Hosted in Centennial Hall in Fair Park, the event will be massive, both in selection and crowd.

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Tickets are a must; reserve now, not later.

Saturday’s Toast of the Towns are Oyster and Pearl, a seafood-based class and tasting; a Texas cuisine sampling, and a charcuterie exploration.

The culmination of the weekend is Sunday’s Community Brunch, which unfortunately is sold out already.

The banquet features local food and drinks including champagne and French toast.

Community Brunch benefits Cafe Momentum, a restaurant staffed by paid interns who are former juvenile offenders, which helps them gain life skills and job preparedness.

The final Toast of the Towns feature a corn tortilla cooking class, a lesson on pork butchery, and a class on aesthetics of food presentation.

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