Is is hot enough outside for you Fort Worth? I’ve got your August survival guide right here. There’s plenty of food events and happenings going on in Fort Worth to get you out and about despite the grueling summer heat. It’s all about the food pop-ups for August. Don’t worry you don’t have to keep up with it all, just check here!
DFW Restaurant Week
August 5 – September 2, 2019.
It’s the biggest food event of the year for food lovers in Fort Worth. DFW Restaurant Week provides diners the chance to try a three course meal at over 150 participating restaurants in the DFW area for $39 or $49.
Participating restaurants donate twenty percent of each meal to either the North Texas Food Bank or the Lena Pope Home. Over the years, some restaurants embraced the concept and extend their Restaurant Week menus to the whole month. Restaurant Week happens from August 5-11. Several restaurants will continue their special three course menus through August 18, 25 or even Labor Day. It’s best to check the official DFW Restaurant list website to confirm these dates. Some restaurants even offer a lunch option for $25.
To enjoy these special menus, reservations must be made in advance and you must indicate that you are reserving for the special Restaurant Week menu. The advantage to Restaurant Week is that you can eat at places like Grace, Rise (pictured above), Waters or Capital Grille for less than it would normally cost.
Summer Nights Dinner and Fundraiser Series
August 15, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | $50
The Summer Nights Dinner and Fundraiser series from Taste Project gives diners the chance to enjoy a specially prepared meal by a rotating roster of local chefs. The chefs donate the proceeds to the Taste Project and Taste Community Restaurant. Chef Joshua Harmon provides the menu for the August dinner. Chef Harmon is best known for his “progressive American” cuisine and he currently owns and runs the Butler’s Cabinet inside the Food Hall at Crockett Row.
Taste Project is a unique concept designed to serve the Fort Worth community through food. This food event is a great way to help support their mission. The menu has no prices and you pay what you can afford or what you would typically pay for at similar restaurants.
Diosana Vegana Taqueria Pop-up
August 16, 2019 | 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Vegan tacos in Fort Worth? You know I love all tacos and I have been eager to try Diosana’s vegan versions. I got my chance recently at Shipping and Receiving. They are delicious! You won’t miss the meat, they are full of flavor. The Pastor version was my favorite.
Whiskey Ranch Concert Series
August 16, 2019 | 5:30pM – 10:00PM | $16 (tickets purchased in advance)
Live music, whiskey, barbecue, food trucks and ice cream. I can’t think of a better event in Fort Worth to celebrate summer. Here’s what to expect:
“Enjoy the night with an outdoor concert on the lawn of our distillery for the next installment of the Whiskey Ranch Concert Series, featuring Rob Baird! This concert is BYOC, so bring your own chair or blanket to listen to the concert in comfort. We will have all sorts of other activities and features for you to enjoy leading up to the show! Meat Church BBQ will be conducting a BBQ sampling, and our Whiskey Scientist will host Whiskey Tasting 101 sessions prior to the concert. The Whiskey Tasting 101 sessions have limited space and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Melt Ice Creams and Rollin-Stone Food Truck will be available for food, and The Photo Bus DFW will be on-site for fun photo options. Yard games will be set up, and of course whiskey drinks will be available all evening!
The Dusty Biscuit at Craftwork Coffee (The Foundry)
August 17, 2019 | 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Want an epic start to your Saturday? Check out the Dusty Biscuit for their pop-up at Craftwork Coffee and grab your fried gold goodness. They will be serving their French Quarter, Cherry Cobbler, Everything Beignet-gal, and Craftwork exclusive Cinnamon Roll Beignet.
Best Maid Pickle Beer Launch
August 17, 2019 | 12:00PM – 5:00PM
The mad geniuses at Martin House Brewing Company have teamed up with Fort Worth favorites Best Maid Pickles to bring you the Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer!
“To celebrate this collaboration, they are throwing a party with all things pickle. Tickets are $12 for beer drinkers. That includes one Best Maid/MHBC pint glass and four 8oz pours of beer. DD’s/non-drinkers/kids do not have to pay, just bring your ID. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. ” They will also offer five more varieties of pickle beer.
Even the food trucks are getting in on the pickle action:
Alchemy Pops will feature a pickle popsicle.
Rollin-Stone Food Truck will have some crispy fried pickles alongside their regular menu.
DK’s Twisted Smokers BBQ & Grill always has Best Maid on their delicious burgers.
Get Lao’d Food Truck
August 17, 2019 | 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Locust Cider regularly hosts stellar food trucks every weekend. This one is no exception, try the traditional Lao flavors of the the Get Lao’d food truck. If you haven’t visit Locust Cider yet, it’s a great spot on the vibrant South Main area of the Near Southside. Try one of their creative ciders or sample them all with a flight. Grab one of their board games and stay awhile at this casual, family friendly spot
Brunchin’ & Boozin’ with Scotty Scott of Cook Drank Eat
August 18, 2019 | 11:00AM – 1:00PM $15 (tickets purchased in advance)
Are you familiar with local instagram celebrity Scotty Scott of Cook Drank Eat?! If you haven’t discovered him at a pop up in Fort Worth or drooled over his entertaining food videos – give him a follow. You can try his food at Acre Distilling for his next pop-up. Scotty Scott takes comfort food to a fun and sometimes outrageous level. For this event you can choose from chicken and brown butter sweet potato waffles or shrimp and fried grits paired with your favorite Acre spirits.
Cicada Pop-up 12 course dinner
August 19, 2019 | 6:30PM $125 (tickets purchased in advance)
Cicada Pop-up offers an exceptional food experience in Fort Worth. This August they host their seasonal 12-course tasting menu at Locavore. The dinner begins with a welcoming glass of champagne or a cocktail, and ends with a little gift to take home with you. I recently attended a dinner and it’s a unique experience. Don’t let the amount of courses scare you off, these are more like small tastings. Chef Cody Penton carefully crafts every single element of each thoughtfully created dish. Despite the fine dining level of food, the atmosphere at Locavore is cozy and comfortable with guests seated along a long table. BYOB.
Summer Beer Dinner at Funky Picnic
August 20, 2019 | 7:00PM – 8:30 PM
Funky Picnic is the newest craft brewery in Fort Worth. If you haven’t been , their inaugural beer dinner offers you a great chance to check them out.
“Chef Josh Rangel and Head Brewer Michael Harper have created five courses to show off the marriage of food and beer with the taste of summer. Only 25 tickets are available, so that we can make this an intimate affair where you get to discuss the food and beer with our chef and brewer, as well as get to know your community. We will be releasing a beer created specially to be paired with our dessert course, and this will be the first chance to drink it and the ONLY chance to take this beer home with you in a 32 oz Crowler. Must be 21+ to attend.”
TX Whiskey and Meat Church present BBQ & Grilling Class
August 22, 2019 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM | $157.44 (tickets purchased in advance)
Do you want to learn the craft of barbecue? Or the finer points of grilling? You will want to check out this class taught by the masters.
“During this 3 hour class you will learn how to perfect brisket, brisket burnt ends & how to grill the perfect steak. Includes a beautiful tour of Whiskey Ranch’s Still House, a 10% discount at the Ranch Store, and three custom cocktails made by Whiskey Ranch’s resident mixologist. The BBQ and grilling menu consists of brisket, brisket burnt ends & steaks. We will cover everything from meat selection and trimming, seasoning, wood and pellet selection, cooking & of course we will all enjoy eating the final product! We will be cooking on Traeger Grills. All questions will be answered including how to apply this to other grills and smokers.”
Martin House Beer Dinner
August 22, 2019 | 6:30PM | $65 ($75 for non-members)
Craft beer contains just as many nuances as wine and it only makes sense that it cross over into the fine dining arena. Don’t miss this unique food and beer event! Chefs regularly host wine dinners to feature a particular winery and in this case a brewery serves as the inspiration for a late summer six course meal. Chef Denise Shavandy draws from a range of cuisines for this inspired menu that includes a seafood tostada, chorizo burger slider and a Greek spiced lamb chop.
Just announced that local, lovable personality, Tony Green, host of Fort Worth’s premiere live internet talk show will be part of the event. They will be filming their first culinary experience there. If you haven’t met Tony yet, get ready to smile.
Back to School Pie Night at Melt
August 22, 2019 | 5:00PM – 7:00 PM
You know what the cure for the Back to School Blues is? Ice Cream AND Pie!! Visit Melt on August 22 at 5PM to get your ice cream stacked with a slice of Dark Chocolate or gluten-free HOney Pie from Sweet Lucy’s Pies. One night only!
Dayne’s Craft Barbecue Grand Opening at Lola’s
August 24, 2019 | 12 – 5:00 PM
The craft barbecue scene of Fort Worth is on fire right now! Dayne’s Craft Barbecue has had a few pop-ups and a slight hiccup on a location. They’ve found a home at Lola’s Trailer Park and they kick off their regular gig there on Saturday August 24. Be there early! It will sell out.
Lillian’s Barbecue Grand Opening Pop-up
August 24, 2019 | 2 – 9:00 PM
Craft barbecue in Fort Worth can’t stop and it won’t stop. Lillian’s adds their ‘cue to the mix. Check them out at Hop Fusion. My advice for any barbecue pop-up, if you aren’t early you are late.
August 28, 2019 | 5 – 7:30 PM
The dumpling queens of Fort Worth, Hao & Dixya, are at it again with a full schedule of pop-ups this month. Don’t miss this fun food and beer event! Make your Wednesday special by visiting their pop-up at Rahr Brewing Co.
Around the World with Ellerbe Fine Foods
Ellerbe Fine Foods
August 28, 2019 | 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Ellerbe is celebrating their 10th anniversary by highlighting a different country or region’s cuisine each month. For August, they host a traditional tapas tour! 9 tapas courses include a dessert.
Menu highlights include: Cheese & Housemade Sausage Stuffed Market Peppers, Assorted Local Mushroom Croquettes, Ham and Manchego Sandwich, Confit Chicken with Romesco, Anise Scented Fry Bread with Vanilla Bean Custard
Taco and Margarita Tour of Fort Worth
Tour Starts at Salsa Limon (1465 W. Magnolia)
August 31 2019 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM | $65 (must be purchased in advance)
You don’t have to be a tourist to take a food tour. Fort Worth’s vibrant food scene make it perfect for food tours. Close out August by visiting several taco spots throughout Fort Worth and learning what makes those places so special. The tour takes you by bus to four taco spots where you will try different taco varieties along with two margaritas. It’s a must-do activity for any taco fan. I created and curated this tour and am your guide!