Chefs For Farmers Food & Wine Festival Announces Chef Lineup

Acclaimed chefs will showcase their skills while supporting local farmers at The Main Event presented by Audi on November 7, 2021; VIP from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., General Admission from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

One of Dallas’ most anticipated food and wine festivals, Chefs For Farmers, returns with a powerhouse lineup of chefs with events starting November 4 and closing out with The Main Event presented by Audi on November 7, 2021. To celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary, Chefs For Farmers is bringing together top chefs and restaurants to highlight the very best from local farms and purveyors, and artisans.

The event delivers an immersive culinary journey, combining culture, music and art for the ultimate celebration. “We are beyond excited to be back this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chefs For Farmers!” says Iris McCallister, Founder and Producer of Chefs For Farmers. “Festivals are vital for our community, as they bring everyone together. Chefs For Farmers believes in bringing people together through food and drink, which is why so many chefs, farmers, and artisans make new connections that foster long term relationships. This year, we can’t wait to see these bonds form.”

The festival is a collection of the greatest minds and most talented individuals in the Dallas culinary scene. This year, Chefs For Farmers boasts an extensive lineup of acclaimed Dallas and out of town chefs  including John Tesar of Knife Steakhouse, Eric Dreyerof Monarch Restaurants, Junior Borges of Meridian, Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House & Luca Osteria, Misti Norris of Petra and the Beast, Alex Astranti of Fruition Restaurant & Mercantile Dining & Provision, Peja Krstic of Mot Hai Ba, Samir Dhurandhar of Nick & Sam’s Grill, Matt Pitman of Meat Church, Amber Fletcher of Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dogs, Jacob Williamson of Harper’s, Lamar Moore of Eleven Eleven, and many more. Guests can expect to taste a variety of bites prepared by the finest chefs in the country from Dallas and beyond. For a full list of the 40+ chefs participating, visit

Festival attendees can wash down those mouth-watering eats and start the party with libations from one of the numerous breweries, distilleries, wineries and other alcohol vendors present at Chefs For Farmers. This year’s alcohol vendors include Maker’s Mark, Big Country Sparklin’ Cocktails, Ketel One Botanical, Oyster Bay New Zealand, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Ultimate Cocktail Experience. For a full list of partners, visit

Down the road in the American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard Lounge, well-regarded author and Taco Editor at Texas Monthly, José R. Ralat, will be signing copies of his new book “American Tacos: A History and Guide” for Mastercard holders. Ralat’s book is a deeply researched guide to north-of-the-border taco culture and history. These experiences, and many more, are designed and curated with meticulous attention to reinvent and elevate everyday experiences with top chefs, vendors and artisans.

To purchase tickets for all event programming and for the most up to date festival information, visit

Event Programming

SOLD OUT: Chefs For Farmers Mot Hai Ba Dinner

Where: Mot Hai Ba

When: Thursday November 4, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tickets: $175.00   Capacity: 80

About: Join Chef Peja Krstic at his popular restaurant, Mot Hai Ba as he serves up his take on fine modern cuisine in a cozy neighborhood setting. Feast upon seasonal Texas ingredients prepared with Vietnamese inspiration and French technique. A dinner as easy as Mot, Hai, Ba (One, Two, Three).

The Farm Tour with Chefs For Farmers

Where: Pick up location – NorthPark Mall, Northwest Corner

When: Saturday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: $125.00   Capacity: 15

About: In partnership with Chefs For Farmers, The Seed Project Foundation is throwing a fall Farm Tour!

Board the bus at NorthPark Center and get ready for a fun-filled day of Texas-made drinks, seasonal dishes from three of the area’s best chefs, and hands-on learning at three very different local farms.

  • Stop 1: McKinney Roots in McKinney, TX, paired with Andrea Shackelford of Harvest Seasonal Kitchen
  • Stop 2: Profound Microfarm in Lucas, TX, paired with Joel Orsini of Profound Foods
  • Stop 3: Water Boy Farms and Apiary in Lucas, TX, paired with Erika Radtke of Girl with Flour

All proceeds from the event will benefit donation farm McKinney Roots, the Seed Project Foundation’s donation farm aimed at eliminating hunger in Collin County.

This event is suitable for ages 21 and over. The bus will depart from the northeast corner of the mall parking lot (by Nordstrom and CoAmerica Bank).

Buy Tickets for the Farm Tour HERE.

DEVOUR Street Food Festival at The Exchange

Where: The Exchange at AT&T Discovery District®, 208 S. Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75202

When: Saturday, November 6, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tickets: $85 Capacity: 1500

About: New this year to Chefs for Farmers is DEVOUR Street Food Festival – an elevated approach on your favorite street food eats. Join us for an all-inclusive feast featuring Dallas’ most indulgent sips and elevated street eats. Hosted at The Exchange at the new AT&T Discovery District® between 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., guests will get to explore this stunning new downtown destination as they enjoy equally stunning fare. Each ticket purchased includes unlimited food and drinks, making the DEVOUR Street Food Festival a brand-new all-inclusive event that Dallasites can’t miss!

With bites from over 13 restaurants including local favorites like Eataly, Rise + Thyme, Monkey King Noodle, Ichi Ni San and more, get ready to DEVOUR mouth-watering street bites from some of best chefs in Dallas. Because these mouth-watering bites are included with their ticket, guests can satisfy every craving and experience all the chef offerings. Cocktails are also included with each ticket purchased, so start the party with libations from one of the many beverage stations provided by partners like Makers Mark, Ketel One Botanicals, Patron, Big Country, and Lacroix Sparkling Water.

Adding to the immersive culinary experience, DJ Yuna will set the vibe with live music for the perfect afternoon with friends! Get your Salsa on with complimentary dance lessons on the lawn of The Plaza, or shop till you drop at the Artisan Market featuring various local businesses.

Buy Tickets for DEVOUR Street Food Festival at the Exchange HERE.

The Main Event presented by Audi

Where: Dallas Heritage Village 1515 South Harwood Street, Dallas, TX 75215

When: Sunday, November 7, VIP 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., GA 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Tickets: VIP $195, GA $125     Capacity: 500 – VIP; 2500 – GA

About: Join us as we celebrate the 10th annual Chefs For Farmers Main Event at Dallas Heritage Village. We are back once again at this historic site bringing together Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants, highlighting the very best from local farms and purveyors, and local artisans. Wash down those delectable eats with libations from various wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Stroll through the park and make your way across one of the many exciting areas showcased at this year’s Main Event. From the Rosé Garden and the Tailgate Par-TAY to the Go Texan area featuring all things born and bred in the great state of Texas, there is something for everyone! VIP guests can sit back and relax from the day’s excitement at The Retreat, a VIP experience by Celebrity Cruises where they will be pampered with luxury cocktails, and exclusive bites from our out-of-town chefs that won’t disappoint. NEW & EXCITING this year the “Ultimate Cocktail Experience hosted by Trigger’s Toys,” featuring western cocktails with shows & activities you don’t want to miss. And the icing on the cake… $25 of your ticket will go directly to Trigger’s Toys.

Buy Tickets for The Main Event presented by Audi HERE.

2021 Participating Chefs and Restaurants: Alex Astranti of Mercantile Dining & Provisions, Amber Fletcher of Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dogs, Andrea Shackelford of Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, Antonio Rendon of Nobu Dallas, Casey Thompson, Dan Landsberg of Ellie’s Restaurant at Hall Arts Hotel, Daniele Puleo of CiboDivino Marketplace, Dino Santonicola of Partenope Ristorante, Dunia Terselich Borga of La Duni Baking Studio, Eric Dreyer of Monarch Restaurants, Franchesca Nor of Dive Coastal Cuisine, Gerald Sombright of Tesoro, Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge, Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House & Luca Osteria, Jacob Williamson of Harper’s, Jake Espstein of Eataly/Terra Grill, Jason Wade of Hendrix Hill Provision, Jeffery Hobbs of Slow Bone BBQ, Jenny Castor of Lucky Bee Kitchen, Ji Kang of Sloane’s Corner and Dakota’s Steakhouse, John Tesar of Knife Dallas, Jonathon Edeljac of Jonathon’s Diner, Joshua Smith of Alltown Fresh, Juan Rodriguez of Magdalena’s, Julien Eelsen of Whisk Crepes Café, Julio Ortiz of Lock Wood Distilling Co, Junior Borges of Meridian, Bruce Kalman, Justin Brunson of River Bear American Meats, Lamar Moore of Eleven Eleven, Lance McWhorter of Culture ETX, Luis Olvera of Trompo, Luis Villalva of El Come Taco, Marcus Kopplin of Clay Pigeon, Mark Wooten of Garden Café, Marshall Cole of The Mitchell, Matt Ford of Billy Can Can, Matt Pittman of Meat Church BBQ, Misti Norris of Petra and the Beast, Nick Walker of Irreverent Concepts, Omar Flores of Muchacho, Peja Krstic of Mot Hai Ba, Rae Luther of Haywire Uptown, Richard Blankenship of Attalie, Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak & Fish, Samir Dhurandhar of Nick & Sam’s Grill, Scott Gottlich of 18th and Vine BBQ, Stefon Rishel of Wishbone & Flynt, Taylor Rausc of Rye, Victor Corral of Dive Coastal Cuisine, Olivia López of Molino Olōyō, Travis Heim of  Heim Barbecue, Michael Scott of Rosewood Ranches, Michael Lawson of Terra (Eataly Dallas), Jake Epstein of Eataly Dallas, Arnulfo Sanchez of Vaqueros Texas Bar-B-Q, Jessica Young of Harwood, Suzy Batlle of Azucar Ice Cream, The Salty Donut, Katsuji Tanabe, Alex Sutherland of Vestals Catering, Patrick Byerly of Rise + Thyme, Ichi Ni San, Bobbers, The Dock, Richard Blankenship of Ounce, Regino Rojas of Revolver Taco, Yaser Khalaf of Baboushi Mediterranean, Zalat Pizza, Andrew Chen of Monkey King Noodle, Press Waffle Co., Saturday Mornings, Berkeley Market, Café Herrera, and Alex Lines of Off the Cuff.

2021 Partners: Audi, Angel’s Envy Bourbon Whiskey, American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard, AT&T Discovery District, Mastercard, Big Country Organic Ingredients, Big Country Sparklin’ Cocktails, Blade and Bow, Capital Distributing, Celebrity Cruises, Chase Private Client, Chefs’ Produce Company, The Chefs Warehouse, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, CultureMap, Dallas Heritage Village, The City of Dallas, Don Julio, Downtown Dallas Inc, Eataly, Edible Dallas & Fort Worth, Element, Ferguson, Go Texan, Godwin|Bowman, Hill Country Dairies, Hospitality Alliance, Jackie Converse, Japan External Trade Organization, Ketel One Botanical, LaCroix, Maker’s Mark, Melinda’s Hot Sauce, Mesero, Omni Hotels & Resorts Dallas, Oyster Bay New Zealand, Peroni Italia, Rosewood Ranches, The Seed Project Foundation, Shag Carpet, Society Insurance, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, The Statler, Tanqueray, Patrón Tequila, Thermador, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Trigger’s Toys, Ultimate Cocktail Experience and Yuengling.

About Chefs For Farmers

Chefs For Farmers is an annual, three-day food and wine festival in Dallas, TX that grew from an intimate farm-to-table dinner in 2010. Chefs For Farmers goal is to showcase the dynamic talents of Dallas chefs, artisans and farmers who make exceptional, seasonal and sustainable food possible. Chefs For Farmers celebrates Dallas as an established food city through a handful of exquisite and mouth-watering experiences that highlights local dishes the city has to offer. For more information visit, and follow Chefs For Farmers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Trigger’s Toys

In 2008, during a hard time in his own life, Bryan Townsend began volunteering in children’s hospitals. With his dog “Trigger” in tow, he quickly learned that helping others brought peace into his own heart. Bryan and his wife Stacey have since expanded their work from giving time to giving money – a lot of money! In fact, has raised nearly $1M for local nonprofits such as Bryan’s House and Youth with Faces. And the Townsends have now begun working with others like them. “Generous families often struggle to make an impact. It is easy to give away money; but it is much harder to know you’re making a difference,” said Bryan. “We help philanthropists to create their own programs and multiply their giving.”  In the last year, Trigger’s Toys has helped donors turn $150,000 into $350,000+ for local nonprofits. The organization has also fed thousands of people while raising critical funds for out-of-work restaurants employees.

*Photos by Agency21

(This Charity Lifestyles eBuzz courtesy Chefs for Farmers.)


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