If you love food -- or love to photograph food or talk to chefs or test out Dallas' best restaurants -- Savor Dallas food and wine festival offered delicious bites for all. The fest is now in its 13th year and is put on by CrowdSource, the event marketing company owned and operated by The Dallas Morning News.
"Photos or it didn't happen" is our foodie motto. If it's yours, too, then you'll love these Instagram-worthy pics of some of Savor Dallas' most delicious moments.
Shaken + Stirred cocktail event at Happiest Hour
What better way to start the weekend than with cocktails? On Friday evening, foodies piled into bar Happiest Hour near Victory Park where they were greeted with libations such as a black cherry old fashioned and a fabulous aged rum drink made with ginger and grapefruit.
Several local restaurants and chefs were also on hand to serve bites to soak up the alcohol. Asador restaurant, which is inside the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, pleased with its humble, but flavorful lamb and black-eyed pea stew. As did Parigi with succulent parsley-pesto mussels made with herbs from its plot at the Promise of Peace Garden.
Chef Misti Norris, formerly of dining hot spots FT33 and Small Brewpub, also wowed crowds with her "dirty" sticky rice, a pocket of white rice filled with pork tongue, tail, trotter, and skin, and garnished with crunchy puffed Texas grains and fermented veggies. If you're wondering where you can try her dishes, which our dining critic Leslie Brenner has called "as delicious as they are daring," Norris confirmed she hasn't landed at any specific restaurant just yet. She will be hosting pop-up dinners around Dallas soon, though, so keep up with her on Facebook to find out where and when.
Couple the food and drinks with the picturesque spring weather, and Shaken + Stirred was undoubtedly a hit.
Grand Tasting in Fair Park
The grandaddy event of Savor Dallas is the Grand Tasting, where more than 50 chefs cooked up bites for a food-loving crowd at Centennial Hall in Fair Park.
Check out photos above of the most delicious moments.
Community Brunch at the Dallas Farmers Market
Community Brunch at the Dallas Farmers Market showcased chefs and restaurants in the Market food hall. The casual format was perfect for a slow Sunday stroll.
Bountiful bite-sized offerings included chilaquiles from Taqueria La Ventana, a tuna nacho from Rex's Seafood, a cheese sampling from Scardello, eggplant bruschetta from Bellatrino, a lemon basil oolong tea-infused chicken bone broth from Stocks & Bondy, and cream-filled pastries from Palmieri Cafe. Mudhen Meat and Greens also had a booth on its covered patio featuring baked migas with green chili pulled pork and a Champagne cocktail.
Patrons buzzed around the food hall, hung out in the cocktail area out front, and shopped for seasonal produce and artisan goodies in the open-air shed.
Sarah Blaskovich, Erin Booke and Tiney Ricciardi contributed to this story.