The Taste of Dallas Family Fun Zone presented by Direct Energy is over 50,000 sq feet of indoor, air-conditioned family fun, with interactive and engaging activities. Kids 10 years of age and under get in FREE to Taste of Dallas at Fair Park on Saturday and Sunday with an accompanying parent or guardian -- all courtesy of Direct Energy!

Our children see the world with vibrant, positive energy where everything and anything is possible. By watching a performance, viewing others’ artwork or making a new culinary discovery, they are igniting an inner spark of creativity and curiosity that lasts a lifetime.

This indoor air-conditioned fun zone is an interactive experience designed for families & kids of all ages with various attractions including:

  • Large Inflatables & Slides
  • Character Meet & Greets
  • Cooking Demos
  • 'Kids Fit' Activitiy Area
  • Interactive Games
  • Arts & Crafts & Learning Center
  • Toddler Area
  • Chalk Art Alley presented by VersaChalk
  • Springfree Trampoline Fun Spot

Enjoy family friendly performances all weekend long on our Kid’s Stage. Kick back and relax while the kids are entertained by jugglers, magicians and more of their favorites!

Want to see something despicable? Drop by the 2017 Family Fun Zone presented by Direct Energy and meet two of Gru’s loveable Minions! Have your photo taken with them, post the pic to social media for a chance to win prizes.

See ALL of the Minions, Gru, Lucy, and their adorable daughters in DESPICABLE ME 3 in theaters and Real D 3-D June 30th. #despicableme3 #dm3tod

The Foodie Experience Best Bites of Big D is presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb, and is the exclusive kick-off to Taste of Dallas. This special, one-night-only event is on Friday, June 9th at Gilley’s Dallas, and will highlight the very best food and drinks that Dallas has to offer. This year’s all-inclusive format will provide an immersive, interactive evening experience for culinary enthusiasts. Enjoy celebrity chefs, like Dean Fearing of Fearing’s at The Ritz Carlton and Tom Parlo of the renowned Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, just to name a few. Guests will be able to sip and sample from some of the very best restaurants, gourmet brands and local artisans, and will enjoy hands-on food and beverage demonstrations in the relaxed atmosphere of Gilley’s Dallas. You’ll want to purchase tickets early, as tickets are limited for this all-inclusive event and will sell out!

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Taste of Dallas has created a unique festival experience for 2017. If you love burning hardwood, crackling embers, and you like to cook with either High Heat or Low & Slow, it will be hard to leave our new Live Fire area, curated by Tim Byres of Smoke and presented by Napoleon Gourmet Grills. You'll enjoy some of the very best barbecue and burger joints around plus over 20 craft breweries will be there to sample and pair their craft brews. Then grab a plate and head over to our new exhibition area and watch as some of the biggest names in the sizzling Dallas food scene spill their secrets with hourly demonstrations

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Sat & Sun - 15 minute sets

12:15  •  1:15 •  2:45  •  3:45  •  5:15  •  6:15


Sat & Sun - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

and in between bands

Outlining the beautiful Esplanade and its fountains is Restaurant Island. This is the chance to taste it all – indulge in local and international tastes ranging from Mediterranean to Mexican, Italian to Indian, Cajun to cupcakes, - it will take both days to eat your way through this open-air feast!

Tour over 45 food booths and trucks surrounding the beautiful esplanade and its fountains and indulge your taste buds! Tastings are priced from $2 to $5, allowing you the opportunity to try a wide variety of deliciousness!

Taste Marketplace brings together a unique mix of food markets and cooking demonstrations, food tastings and specialty vendors. This cornucopia of tasteful delight is showcased in the most colorful way at the Taste Marketplace.

Wander long aisles packed with a variety of sinfully delicious and unique culinary creations and commodities. Sample and bring home tastes from one-of-a-kind exhibitors offering handmade spices, sauces, dips, olive oils, jams and more. Take time to peruse the exceptionally wide selection of contemporary vendors, artists and craftsmen plying their trade and selling their wares.

For more information on participating in theTaste Marketplace please email vendorinfo@tasteofdallas.org

What: The Wine Pairing Experience features a variety of great wines with an assortment of small plate pairings

Where: Inside Taste Marketplace in the Automobile Building

  • When:
  • Saturday June 10th   •   2pm to 5pm
  • Sunday June 11th   •   2pm to 5pm

Tickets for the The Wine Pairing Experience are limited and 21+ only with valid ID. Ticket packages are on sale now and include Taste of Dallas general admission PLUS access to this exclusive area (2pm to 5pm) with a commemorative tasting glass, a sampling card good for (10) samples, and small plate pairings. Attendees can also purchase full glasses of wine.

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