May 19-21: Taste Addison Offers Good Food, Family Fun

With all its restaurants, the North Texas city of Addison has become a favorite destination for foodies. So it stands to reason the Taste Addison will have a plethora of great food to offer festival goers May 19-21.

But Taste Addison offers more than just food for the price of a ticket. Admission includes free events like cooking demonstrations, a Family Fun Lawn with activities and games, and live entertainment throughout the event

Restaurants include Cantina Laredo, The Melting Pot, Little Greek, Skinny Pizza and Public
School 972. The Wine Group is presenting an exclusive Wine Garden and inviting guests to try
sampling a wide variety of wines. Prosecco from Italy or Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma are

The Craft Beer Hall, presented by Anheuser-Busch, is located inside the Addison Conference Centre. Beers like Goose Island IPA’s “A Hop Lover’s Dream” from Chicago, and Seattle’s Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Co., a wide array of craft beers from across the country are on hand.

Sampling hours for the Wine Garden and Craft Beer Hall are Friday, May 19 from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, May 20 from 2 to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 21 from 1-5 p.m. Guests must be 21+ to enter both sections.
On Friday, May 19, Dallas’ own Vanilla Ice presents a high-energy concert. Saturday night, May 20, country artist Gary Allan performs following opening act Granger Smith. Sunday, May 21, tribute bands will play classic hits.

Get your creative juices flowing with a step-by-step painting session taught by experienced,
professional local artists. Guests can take home their unique creations. Classes are held hourly
from 2-6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Addison Conference Centre.

At the Albertsons Tom Thumb Cooking Both, several of Addison’s most popular chefs will show visitors how to recreate their Taste Addison experience at home. The cooking demos take place inside the Addison Conference Centre.

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.

Enjoy inflatables, face painting, activities and games on the Family Fun Lawn, near the Addison Conference Centre and the Stone Cottage. The Talley Carnival invites visitors to enjoy fun rides and midway games. Kids under 12 get in free throughout the weekend, and Sunday is a free family fun day for everyone at Taste Addison.

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.

The Marketplace at Taste Addison has artisanal crafts as well as food for purchase. Taste Addison will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday May 19; noon to midnight Saturday, May 20; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Adison Circle Drive.

Visit or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @VisitAddison. Advance tickets are available online for $15 through May 14. After May 14, tickets for ages 12 and up will be $20 a person online or at the gate. Sunday, May 21 is a free day for all ages.