Eric Andrews and Shannon Andrews, of Lewisville, smile for a photo with a bed of tulips at the Jonsson Color Garden during the Dallas Blooms Festival at the Dallas Arboretum, on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 in Dallas. Ben Torres/Special Contributor

Eric Andrews and Shannon Andrews, of Lewisville, smile for a photo with a bed of tulips at the Jonsson Color Garden during the Dallas Blooms Festival at the Dallas Arboretum, on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 in Dallas. Ben Torres/Special Contributor

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The Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival

In March, the Dallas Arboretum will be ablaze with half a million colorful flowers during Dallas Blooms, a longtime tradition. But for the first time, it'll host a food and wine festival inside the grounds, where attendees can wander through the gardens, sampling food from local chefs and swirling wine.

Come to think of it, why didn't someone think of this before now? 

(The Arboretum has had food-and-wine related events on its grounds, but they were always organized by another entity.)

The food and wine festival takes place March 16 and will feature five cuisines. Food comes with an impressive fleet of local chefs:

  • Abacus, chef Christopher Patrick
  • Asian Mint, chef Nikky Phinyawatana
  • CADOT, chef Jean-Marie CADOT
  • Casa Rubia/Whistle Britches, chef Omar Flores
  • Chino Chinatown, chef Uno Immanivong
  • Dude Sweet Chocolate, chef Katherine Clapner
  • Empire Baking Co., chef Meaders Ozarow
  • Emporium Pies, chef Mary Sparks
  • Garden Café, chef Mark Wootton
  • Glazed Donut Works, chef Joe Baker
  • Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, chef Andrea Shackelford
  • Henry's Homemade Ice Cream, Henry Gentry
  • Knife, chef John Tesar
  • LUCK, chef Daniel Pittman
  • Miller & Associates, chef April Barney
  • Oddfellows, chef Anastacia Quinones
  • Parigi, chef Janice Provost
  • Patina Green Home and Market, chef Robert Lyford
  • Salum Restaurant, chef Abraham Salum
  • Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market, chef Aaron Staudenmaier
  • Smoky Rose, chef David Gauthier
  • Uchi, chef Jeramie Robison

Attendees will also be able to listen to live music from pop-rock band Hobo Cane.

Tickets cost $125-$195 per person and are on sale now.

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