Eat, drink and be, Mary! Here are some upcoming foodie fests the gay gourmand will want on the ol’ iCalendar.

Although only a few years old, Park & Palate has already become a big event. The fundraiser at Klyde Warren Park takes place over two days, starting tonight! Down to the Roots (Oct. 13) includes Tyson Cole, Jason Dady, Dean Fearing, Kent Rathbun and Houston’s Monica Pope. Then on Saturday is the Grand Taste, with chefs J. Chastain, John Coleman, Brian Luscher and Michael Martensen, among nearly countless others. Get tickets at

Chefs for Farmers returns for four days of face-stuffing, with top chefs — literally, alumni from Top Chef — serving up dishes in support of local farmers. It kicks off with Knife’s John Tesar hosting fellow cheftestants, including Shirley Chung, Sheldon Simeon, Casey Thompson and Brooke Williamson, among others, for Bite Night at the Farmers Market on Nov. 2. (I’ll be one of the judges for this event.) A formal dinner will be the centerpiece on Friday, Nov. 3 at The Adolphus. Street Food Night on Sat., Nov. 4, welcomes purveyors of hand-held delights, like Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Luis Olvera of Trompo Tacos, Jet Tila of Pakpao and more at Victory Park. The Big Event will return to Oak Lawn Park on Sunday, Nov. 5. For tickets and full details, visit

The DFW French-American Chamber of Commerce again sponsors the French Wine Festival (formerly the Beaujolais Nouveau Festival), this time at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Nov. 10. Get tickets at             

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 13, 2017.