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.
Sew many beauties at Quilt Festival
Fans of the annual Arlington Quilters Guild show are in luck because a new partnership will now bring a bigger show with more quilts than ever. Now called the North Texas Quilt Festival, the event opens Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Arlington Convention Center.
A half dozen other quilting groups have joined with Arlington to present the new event featuring more than 350 handmade quilts judged by professionals who chose show pieces based on skill, originality, patterns and design. “Come experience the ever evolving world of creative fiber art expressions from traditional to modern and beyond,” said event spokeswoman Rose Kauhane.
“The show also features a daily miniature quilt live auction, plus all sizes of quilts for sale made by participating quilt guild members. Thursday evening is Festival Night with a celebration of our award winning quilts and keynote speaker, author and teacher Meg Cox,” Kauhane said.
Attendees will see Martha Pullen sewing and embroidery and enjoy checking out the fabric and quilting supplies at all the vendor exhibits. Funds raised at the show will enable the local quilting clubs participating to continue providing quilts for local charities including Ronald McDonald House and Project Linus that serves children in area hospitals. Admission is $15 with discounts available at local quilt stores.
Luncheon & auction will benefit Open Arms Clinic for uninsured and under-insured
A luncheon and silent auction is set for Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church to benefit the Open Arms clinic. The event is dubbed “Open Arms for All Seasons” and is hosted by the women’s group at St. Barnabas. It will feature special guest Mark Oristano, actor, broadcaster and author of a new critically acclaimed book, “Surgeon’s Story.”
The Open Arms Health Clinic was established in 2011 to provide medical car for uninsured and under-insured patients who have little access to medical care. Proceeds from the event will enable the clinic to continue providing much needed services.
Guests at the event will enjoy a delightful catered luncheon and have a chance to bid on auction swag including unique handmade gifts, quilts, golf outings, beautiful home decor and desirable services for home care.
“The always dynamic Mark Oristano will talk about his experience shadowing a noted pediatric heart surgeon in Dallas for his new book,” said event spokeswoman Kathy Smith. “We hope the whole community will come hear his story, enjoy lunch and see what exciting items will be auctioned.”
“We see as many patients and families as our God given resources allow, yet we must turn patients away each time we open. Proceeds from the luncheon will not only allow us to continue helping people, but will allow us to expand so that we are able to help more,” Smith adds.
Learn more about the Open Arms Clinic at www.OpenArmsHealthClinic.org.
Tickets are $20 and reservations are due by Sept. 3. To make reservations, call Sue Hjelm at 817-805-0447 or inquire with Smith at email@example.com. Tickets are also available at the church, 5011 W. Pleasant Ridge Road.
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