Okay so, you probably saw our coverage of last year's Taste Addison adventure, but this year, not only is it crazy with the cooking demos but Vanilla Ice will be on stage! VANILLA ICE, BABY! I  was 20 years old when that song came out! I spent a few years in that same part of Florida he grew up in, so I'll always have that song in my head.

Taste Addison is an interesting event - it has a lot to offer, but it's not really a tasting event, per se. It's closer to a foodie carnival. There's live music, lots to do, chef demos, a fairway, beer and wine halls, but not every vendor's wares is included in the ticket price. So just keep that in mind. The full monty type of places charge $100 for that kind of affair, and Taste Addison is a bring-the-whole-family-for-cheap kind of adventure. So here are some details.

Featuring culinary demos, craft beer hall, wine garden and activities for the whole family

A celebration of food, music, and fun, Taste Addison (May 19 – 21) dishes out the best food and

flavor with a healthy side of jam. This year, guests will enjoy an array of activities, many of

which are included with their admission ticket, such as the Wine Garden, Craft Beer Hall,

cooking demos from Addison chefs and the Family Fun Lawn, featuring games, inflatables and

face painting, in addition to all the live entertainment you can pack into three days!

Taste of Addison fun. Featured photo and above photo by Gernelle Nelson Photography

Restaurant lineup

No matter what you’re craving, Taste Addison has it all! Enjoy food from some of Addison’s

new kids on the block like Little Greek, Skinny Pizza and Public School 972, or relax in the

comfort of classic favorites like Cantina Laredo and The Melting Pot. Click here to see the full

list of participating restaurants and their menus.

Wine Garden and Craft Beer Hall

In the exclusive Wine Garden presented by The Wine Group, guests will have a chance to sip

fantastic wines from varied and vast appellations. Whether you have an affinity for bubbly

Prosecco from Italy or a zeal for the zing of Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma, your taste buds will dance with delight as you tour the garden.

Check out the Craft Beer Hall, presented by Anheuser-Busch, inside the Addison Conference

Centre. From Chicago’s award-winning Goose Island IPA "A Hop Lover's Dream," to Seattle's

Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Co., experience a wide array of craft beers from across the

country. There's a TASTE for every beer lover!

Sampling hours for the Wine Garden and Craft Beer Hall

Friday, May 19: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 20: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 21: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Guests must be 21+ to enter both sections.

Carnival at Taste of Addison


Carnival rides and games are part of the family fun. Photo by Gernelle Nelson Photography

Painting with a Twist

Enjoy a step-by-step painting session with experienced and professional local artists. You'll

leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new found talent you'll want to explore. You'll leave

with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new found talent. Classes are free but seats are limited.

Painting with a Twist schedule:

Friday: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Catch a demo on the Bowl Stage

Saturday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., every hour at the Addison Conference Centre

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m., every hour at the Addison Conference Centre

Albertsons Tom Thumb Cooking Stage

Several of Addison’s most popular chefs will show you how to recreate your Taste Addison

experience at home. See the shows and stay for the samples! All cooking demos take place on

the Albertsons Tom Thumb Cooking Stage located inside the Addison Conference Centre.

Cooking classes in DFW

Schedule:

Friday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.: Watch Mad Batter Baker whip up tasty desserts.

Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.: Enjoy the flavors of modern Mexico City with Cantina Laredo.

Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m.: See Sean Hwang, head sushi chef at Addison’s RA Sushi Bar

Restaurant, craft delicious bites of exquisite sushi.

Saturday, May 20 at 4 p.m.: Learn Asian-inspired recipes from May Dragon.

Saturday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.: A new addition to Addison restaurants, T. Blanco’s will share authentic Mexican food recipes.

Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m.: Join Table 13 for a fine dining cooking experience.

Sunday, May 21 at 12:30 p.m.: Learn Asian-inspired recipes from May Dragon.

Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m.: Cantina Laredo is back to share the flavors of modern Mexico City.

Entertainment for the whole family

Enjoy inflatables, face painting, activities and games for the whole family all weekend on the Family Fun Lawn located near the Addison Conference Centre and the Stone Cottage or visit the Talley Carnival for fun rides and midways games. Kids under 12 get in free throughout the weekend, and Sunday is a free family fun day for everyone at Taste Addison.

Family Fun Lawn hours:

Saturday: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.

The World Affairs Council, in partnership with the Japan America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, will bring ongoing displays of origami and its lesser known artistic cousin kirigami to Taste Addison’s arts and crafts area on Sunday. The Council and the Society will also present the Dallas Kiyari Daiko ensemble to perform on traditional Japanese drums Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. on the Bowl Stage.

Additionally, visit The Marketplace at Taste Addison to browse through artisanal crafts, as well as food, and take home your favorite items.

Festival dates: May 19 – 21, 2017

Hours:

Friday: 6 p.m. – Midnight

Saturday: Noon – Midnight

Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.

Location: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, Texas 75001

UPDATE: Giveaway closed! Thank you for entering! Congrats Alison and Andora! 


Make it a date night or keep sharing the love for Mother's Day! Leave a comment here to be entered into a random drawing for two tickets to the 2017 Taste Addison event May 19-21. Drawing closes and winner will be chosen on Tuesday, May 16 at 5:00pm CT. Tickets will be mailed to the winner. FunCityStuff.com is not responsible for lost, stolen or misdirected mail. 

Tickets:

Advance tickets (February 1 – May 14): $15/person (ages 12 and up) – Online Only

General Admission (After May 15): $20/person (ages 12 and up) – Online and at the Gate

Sunday, May 21 is a FREE DAY for all ages.

Weekend Pass: $30 (This includes 3 days of admission and $10 in Tasty Bucks. $40 value. Ages 12 and up; limited quantities available) – Online Only

Children under 12 are FREE every day – no admission required.

Online tickets are available for purchase here.

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