Arlington’s favorite culinary one-night stand — Taste of Arlington — returns to the event circuit on Labor Day weekend in a new venue and with a new format. From 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 2, Main Street in Arlington’s downtown cultural district will be blocked off for the smorgasbord of great-tasting delights from popular Arlington eateries. Proceeds from this 34th edition of the event will benefit Theatre Arlington and its youth education programs.
“Theatre Arlington is excited to take Taste of Arlington to Main Street this year,” said Theatre Arlington Marketing Director Kim Lawson. “We have created a fun, family-friendly event with great music for all tastes, activities for the kids, gentler pricing for families, wonderful opportunities to win great prizes and a chance to enjoy some of the greatest food in Arlington.”
In the new format, guests will purchase general admission tickets and once inside the event site, food coupons to be used at each participating restaurant will be available for purchase. Entertainment and fun kids’ activities are free.
Among the roster of participating restaurants dishing up their tastiest dishes are Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar, Nothing Bundt Cakes, The Melting Pot, Blue Mesa Southwest Grill, Black Dog Pizza /Arlington Improv Comedy Club, Linda Vista Mexican Cuisine, Our Glass Restaurant, Restaurant 506 at The Sanford House, Marquez Bakery and Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke.
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Also contributing to the flavorful aromas wafting above Main Street will be The Halal Guys, Dave & Busters, Houlihan’s, Prince Lebanese Grill, Great Nuts, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Simply Divine Catering, TCC Culinary Arts, Spring Creek BBQ, On The Border, Andalous Mediterranean Grill, Poured - Wine, Beer & Bubbly, Legal Draft Beer Co. and L’Moore’s Catering.
Live music by popular local bands will entertain guests continuously throughout the event. Opening is Vylit, an indie pop band, followed by another local band now hitting the big time, The Gibbonses. Members will play their brand of Southern soul, R&B and Americana. Rounding out the music marquee will be fun cover band Public Road playing classic rock.
“These bands will play a wide range of music with something to please everyone, and they are all about Arlington,” Lawson said. “Vylit band member Anna Menger graduated from Arlington High, Jackie Pock Gibbons is a Martin graduate, and Josh White, Public Road’s drummer, works at UTA.”
A fun Fork Pull will have prizes well worth the price of a pull, and raffle swag will include gift baskets chock full of goodies from several of the participating restaurants. Gift cards from The Cheesecake Factory, Colters BBQ and a host of other favorites will be raffled off along with tickets to the rodeo, Six Flags, Billy Bob’s, Symphony Arlington and Medieval Times.
Since Taste of Arlington is taking it to the street, what could be more fitting than fun street performers popping up here and there providing unexpected entertainment. “This won’t be an ordinary food festival,” Lawson said. “We are a theater after all, so we’ll definitely liven things up by adding some flair.”
Hardworking members of a dedicated event committee include Malcom Chakery, Peter Scott, Dave Turner, Marion White, Michelle Hoover, Lisa Wilson and Melissa Unger.
Still others investing their sweat equity are Nancy Tice, Kay King, Amy Scott, Beth Marshall, Jennifer Hurley, Mike Talambas, Bruce Caldwell, Pam Hardaway and Jon Garrard.
Advance tickets are $10 for ages 12 and older ($15 at the door), $5 for children ages 5-11 ($10 at the door). Food and beverage coupons are $1 and most food samplings will cost from $1 to $5.
VIP tickets are $50 and include reserved covered seating in the VIP tent as well as $20 of free food coupons, a swag bag, VIP parking and access to air-conditioned restrooms. Purchase tickets online at www.theatrearlington.org/tasteofarlington/ or call 817-275-7661 for information.
Events continue as money is raised for good causes
Wheels of Wellness Sept 16 benefits prostate cancer prevention
An impressive collection of 500 classic cars will be assembled in downtown Fort Worth for the Wheels of Wellness Benefit Car Show event on Sept. 16. Guests will enter the show at Seventh and Main streets for the event running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prostate screenings offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sixth Street between Houston and Main. Vendors will have exhibits set up, and three sets of live music will be on the main stage followed by an awards presentation.
Register a car in advance for $35. Funds raised benefit Prostate Cancer Resource Center, Fort Worth Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Coalition, UNT Health Science Center. Learn more at www.wheelsforwellness.org or call 817-360-5845.
Legends Luncheon Sept. 7 will honor Pudge Rodriguez
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County will host the Legends Luncheon on Sept. 7 at noon at the Fort Worth Club. The event annually recognizes an individual who has been exceptionally committed to doing good in the community. This year’s honoree is Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. Individual tickets are $175, and funds raised support the home delivery of meals for older or disabled adults. Register at www.MealsonWheels.org.
Levitt Pavilion opens Sept. 1 with 22 free concerts and benefit concert
The fall season of the Levitt opens with nuclear polka band Brave Combo on Sept. 1. Rounding out the Labor Day lineup is singer/songwriter Bob Schneider on Sept. 2 and bluegrass group The Hillbenders on Sept. 3.
The remainder of the season, which ends on Oct. 22, features several returning bands and a dozen or so artists appearing at the Levitt for the first time. Making their debut are The Roosevelts, Blue Water Highway, The Rankin Twins and Quaker City Night Hawks just to name a few.
“Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital will present Kansas with special guest Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas, Sept. 23 for the Levitt’s annual benefit concert,” said Levitt spokeswoman Cathy O’Neal.
“One of America’s most iconic classic rock bands, Kansas’ gold singles, ‘Carry on My Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind’ remain part of our culture’s soundtrack. Mickey Thomas owns the soaring voice that propelled the band Starship through the ’80s and ’90s with hits like ‘We Built This City,’ ‘Find Your Way Back’ and ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,’ ” O’Neal added.
General admission is $45, and a $185 VIP Experience ticket comes with reserved parking and seating, a pre-concert party, silent auction and dessert between the bands.
Admission to the regular fall concerts is free. Each show begins at 8 p.m. Check out the complete lineup at www.LevittPavilionArlington.org.