This week in gluttony

These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

sesame tofu
Wrap your chopsticks around this sesame ginger tofu. Photo by Joel Luks

Festival season returns this week with a popular (and tasty) one to be held amid blooming gardens. This week also provides reason to get snacky — think popcorn, hefty burritos, and cookies from a food truck. Or go more refined with a six-course wine dinner with Italian flair. Buon appetito.

Tuesday, April 19

Fat Ass Burrito Challenge at El Chingon
Got the munchies? Head to El Chingon for a mega burrito-eating contest where the winner gets tickets to see Joe Rogan at Dickies Arena on April 20. Register in advance with a partner to attempt to finish the Mexican restaurant and bar's "Fat Ass" burrito. Weighing in at five pounds, the hefty hand-held meal is made with three flour tortillas stuffed with carne asada, refried beans, rice, pico, and cheese. The contest starts at 8 pm and the fastest duo wins four tickets to the show.

Thursday, April 21

Popcorn and Wine Pairing at Two Brothers Winery
Upgrade your next Netflix binge by learning how to adequately pair popcorn and wine. This guided tasting at the Keller winery will feature five popcorn flavors from the nearby Poppin Shop paired with five wines. Experience how savory, spicy, and salty snacks affect the taste of wine. Tickets are $25 per person and the tasting begins at 6 pm.

Friday, April 22

Six-Course Wine Dinner at Old Hickory Steakhouse
Located inside Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Hotel, the Old Hickory Steakhouse will serve six courses of Italian-inspired dishes paired with wine from the prestigious Venetian estate, Serego Alighieri. Tickets are $165 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 7 pm.

Saturday, April 23

Spring Japanese Festival at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Experience Japanese culture during this two-day festival featuring gifts, performances, and the best part, authentic cuisine. The Fort Worth Japanese Society will serve miso soup, okonomiyaki, stir fried noodles, teriyaki chicken, sesame ginger tofu and more, and there’ll be additional items available from Asian food trucks on-site. Admission is included with the park entry fee, which is $12 for adults and $6 for children 6-15. The festival will run Saturday-Sunday from 9 am–5 pm, with the last admission sold at 3 pm.

Hello Kitty Café Truck at the Shops at Clearfork
Folks across the country go nuts over appearances by the Hello Kitty Café Truck, as witnessed by the long lines that precede its arrival time. Selling merchandise along with macarons, cookies and other treats, the truck is slated to set up in the Shops at Clearfork from 10 am-7 pm — if the goods don't sell out earlier.