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July means it’s officially ice cream season, and there are several events this week to celebrate the creamy, cool treat. It’s also time for another 12-course steak tasting — an over-the-top dining experience at one of Fort Worth’s most popular steakhouses. July also means the best of summer produce is ripe and ready, including peaches. There’s an annual festival happening this week dedicated to the beloved fruit. Also find produce bursting with flavor at a local farmers market that takes place only once a month.

Tuesday, July 5

Summer Blizzard Treat Release at Dairy Queen
To celebrate Dairy Queen’s 75th anniversary in Texas, the iconic fast food and ice cream shop chain is launching five new Blizzard Treat varieties, many with nostalgic influences. The lineup includes Oreo Cookie Dirt Pie, Girl Scout Thin Mints, Nestlé Drumstick, Very Cherry Chip, and Caramel Fudge Cheesecake. All new flavors are available at all Texas locations while supplies last.

Cajun Fried Fat Tuesdays at Razzoo’s Cajun Café
It’s Mardi Gras all summer long at Razzoo’s during the restaurant’s new Cajun Fried Fat Tuesdays. From July 5 through September 4, the bayou-inspired eatery will serve festive specials, including Cajun fried steak and Cajun fried chicken, each for $10. Wash down the spice with $5 frozen Hurrycanes, $5 Mardi Ritas, and $5 22-ounce select draft domestic beers. The Tuesday specials are good at all Razzoo’s locations.

The Ultimate 12-Course Meat Tasting & Wine Pairing at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
The fine dining steakhouse invites patrons to “Meet Our Meat,” a 12-course steak tasting experience. Indulge in rare and exclusive cellar cuts and learn about the dry-aging process. Taking place on the first Tuesday of each month inside the restaurant’s neighboring butcher shop, the tasting culminates with a final course of the holy grail of steaks — A5 certified Kobe beef. Courses are paired with wine and come with sides and beautiful desserts. The event is $375 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, July 9

37th Annual Parker County Peach Festival
The historic downtown Weatherford tradition is back in peachy fashion. Last year, 40,000 attended the one-day event, and this year there’ll be more to explore in an expanded space with at least 200 booths featuring artisan goods, crafts, and tasty treats. Go for all things peach, including peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach tea, and juicy peaches by the barrel. The event will run from 8 am-4 pm and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.

Ice Cream Social at Central Market
Beat the heat at Central Market stores with cool ice cream sampling stations. Customers can peruse the store for stations featuring milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, churro ice cream bowls, root beer floats, Vietnamese coffee with ice cream, and even breakfast ice cream. Shoppers can also take advantage of 25 percent off all ice cream and 20 percent off all cones and toppings, July 6-12. The social will take place at all Central Market stores from 2-4 pm.

Sippin’ Saturday at Whiskey Ranch featuring Melt Ice Creams
Kick off National Ice Cream Month at Whiskey Ranch, where Fort Worth’s own Melt Ice Creams will be on site with their “Happy Cart” to sell frozen treats. The $10 per-person ticket, which must be purchased in advance, includes one cocktail. The event will run from 12-5 pm.

Ice Cream Social at Nash Farm
Grapevine’s 19th-century working homestead invites guests to experience a summertime staple — hand-cranked homemade ice cream. There’ll also be Victorian lawn games and music by the Lone Star String Band. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Tickets are $10 per person for everyone three and up and the event will run from 7 pm until dark.

Sunday, July 10

Lola’s Local Farmers Market
In case you missed it, Lola’s Fort Worth — the longtime bar and live music venue previously located near West Seventh Street — has moved to 2000 West Berry St., around the corner from TCU. Every second Sunday of the month, the establishment hosts an all-local farmers market. Visit to shop more than 30 vendors, eat from food trucks, and enjoy live music. The event is pet-friendly, kid-friendly, and free. The market runs from 11 am-4 pm.

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Tiptoe through the tulips at this annual flowery fest in Waxahachie

Flower News

A flower festival mounts a comeback this spring: Called Tulipalooza, it's an annual charity fundraiser in Waxahachie specializing in tulips, and this year will take place at the Waxachachie Civic Center from March 19-28.

There'll be a quarter million tulips imported from Holland. Although actually, that should say tulip bulbs. They import the bulbs, then grow them in Waxahachie into flowers, which the likes of you and me can buy.

The tulip farm first opened in spring 2019, and describes itself as the biggest tulip farm in the Waxahachie area, not likely a claim anyone would dispute.

Tulipalooza is a venture by Poston Gardens Foundation, to raise money to fund scholarships at Daymark Living, a residential community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The 2020 festival happened right when the world shut down to the COVID-19 quarantine. The tulips were still there, but visitors were not allowed and fundraising efforts shriveled due to the lack of traffic.

Nonetheless, they still raised enough money to fund three, four-year scholarships.

And Tulipalooza also provides volunteer and work opportunities for residents of Daymark Living.

This year, they'll share the venue with 12 other North Texas charities so they can raise awareness and necessary funds for charity; 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket and tulip sales will go to charity.

The charities participating in Tulipalooza will include:
• Act
• Best Buddies
• Catholic Charities of Dallas
• Easter Seals
• Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc.
• Minority Entrepreneurship Institute
• Poston Gardens Foundation
• The Rise School of Dallas
• Special Olympics of Texas
• The TouchDown Club of Dallas
• United Way
• YMCA Dallas

"It’s really inspiring to be part of this group of North Texas charities banding together to create a one-of-a-kind fundraiser that supports multiple missions to improve the lives of many underserved populations,” says John Poston, Founder of Poston Gardens and Daymark Living, in a statement. "After having to end the season early due to COVID in 2020, we are really looking forward to welcoming guests to enjoy our tulips in full bloom this year."

Tulipalooza will be open rain or shine from 10 am-7 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $5 for children two and up on weekends; on weekdays, it's $15 for adults.

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Dallas-Fort Worth has exclusive dibs on designer pineapple that's petite and pink

Fruit News

A new pineapple that's tiny and pink is on the market, and it's available only for Dallas-Fort Worth: Called the Petit Pinkglow Pineapple, it's a new product from Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., and it's being launched exclusively in the DFW market.

This is a mini version of the company's Petit Pinkglow, a novel pineapple with a pink interior that Fresh Del Monte introduced nationally in mid-October. That one's a regular size.

This mini pineapple will be available for purchase and same-day delivery throughout the DFW area at myfreshdelmonte.com.

A release says that the pineapple has been 16 years in the making. It's grown in Costa Rica and can take up to 24 months to mature. It's produced in ultra-limited harvests and is supposedly juicier and sweeter than a traditional pineapple, with a unique taste that boasts notes of candy aromatics. How much you wanna bet cotton candy aromatics.

The harvesting is also unique: They do it by hand and replant the crowns before shipping. You get it without the crown but this increases the volume of crops and reduce waste. Who needs the crown. Nobody.

The release describes the color as "over-the-top and perfectly pink" — ideal for you-know-where: Instagram.

In a statement, Fresh Del Monte Marketing VP Pablo Rivero shares some of its other useful purposes, beyond selfies.

"After receiving such a great response with the launch of the Pinkglow Pineapple earlier this month, we know that our consumers are going to love this smaller version, which is perfect for small gatherings, special date nights, or even as a fun gift for the person who has everything!" he says.

Fresh Del Monte launched their myfreshdelmonte.com website in 2020 as a place where consumers can order fresh produce and have it delivered to their door. It has more than 200 options of both Fresh Del Monte produce and Mann Packing products.

The areas covered by the website incorporate pretty much all of Dallas-Fort Worth: Addison, Allen, Carrollton, Coppell, Flower Mound, Richardson, Plano, Rockwall, Rowlett, Irving, Garland, Sachse, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, the mid-cities, Denton, McKinney, Forney, Duncanville, Wylie, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Mesquite, and even extend as far as Terrell and Waxahachie.

The Petite Pinkglow is listed as "coming soon," and saving the best for last, the price is $19.99.

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Celebrity chef's new venture tops this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

This Week's Hot Headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.

1. Fort Worth chef Tim Love debuts trendy new Tex-Mex 'ghost kitchen.' Always on trend, Fort Worth's favorite celebrity chef Tim Love has launched a new "ghost restaurant" concept dedicated to Mexican food. Called Burritos, Fajitas and 'Ritas, it'll be in step with the hot ghost kitchen trend right now in which restaurants are doing takeout and delivery only, with no dining rooms.

2. New farmers market blooms at hip Euless shopping center at peak of season. A new farmers market has sprouted up in the sizzling hot town of Euless. The market will set up on Saturdays at Glade Parks in Euless beginning July 25, and will be an "open air" style, perfect for social distancing during these coronavirus times.

3. The 10 best chefs in Fort Worth make this city a tasty place to live. The Tastemaker Awards is CultureMap's annual event celebrating the best in local food and drink. The category of Chef of the Year honors those who run the kitchen or own their own restaurants. Our panel of judges narrowed down the list to these 10 finalists. The winners will be announced at our Virtual Awards, taking place on July 30.

4. Tex-Mex restaurant and Yelp top favorite unwraps warm tamales for Keller. A small Tex-Mex chain that's adored for its tamales is bringing some much-appreciated positive news to the Fort Worth dining scene: Tommy Tamale Market & Cafe, which currently has two locations in Grapevine and Coppell, will open a third location in the city of Keller.

5. Fort Worth's only food hall undergoes reboot to make it less food hall-ish. Fort Worth's food hall, which first debuted in December 2018, has undergone a major reboot that includes a new name, new eateries, new operators, new management, and a redesign of the space. Once called Food Hall at Crockett Row, it's now named Crockett Hall, and has reopened with 15 food and beverage options, 11 of which are new.

Some burritos, some tacos, some 'ritas is all you need.

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Some burritos, some tacos, some 'ritas is all you need.
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New farmers market blooms at hip Euless shopping center at peak of season

Farmers Market News

A new farmers market has sprouted up in the sizzling hot town of Euless. The market will set up on Saturdays at Glade Parks in Euless beginning July 25, and will be an "open air" style, perfect for social distancing during these coronavirus times.

The Farmers Market on the Plaza at Glade Parks will feature essential groceries, locally grown produce, and artisan culinary creations, in what a release calls a European-style market setting in the Plaza at Glade Parks.

The market is an initiative between the City of Euless, Glade Parks, and Four Seasons, and has been in the works for months, a spokesperson says.

"We had planned to do this in the spring pre-pandemic, and have been working on it since 2019," the spokesperson says.

Four Seasons Market is the "European-style" market concept organized by Vincent Hirth, a native of France who has worked with suburban cities such as Colleyville, Sachse, Richardson, and Garland to launch markets.

His definition of a European-style market incorporates more than veggies and fruit: grass-fed beef, pasta, olive oil, pastries, chips and salsa, smoked meat, tamales, soaps, lotions, hair accessories, garden decor, jewelry, and fine arts.

At the new Euless market, vendors already signed on include Misty Moon Farms of Argyle, DBar Farms of Ponder, and Cedar Ridge Egg Farms.

Glade Parks is the mixed-use center on the west side of SH 121 between Cheek Sparger and Glade roads that has welcomed shops such as Old Navy and Michael's, and restaurants such as Lazy Dog.

There's free parking on lots surrounding Glade Parks Town Plaza and across Glade Parks.

The market will be set up at 1310 Chisholm Trail, next to Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill and MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company, from 9 am-1 pm, and is currently scheduled to run at least into mid-August.

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Brand new farmers market opens north of Fort Worth on 4th of July

Farmer Diaries

A farmers market has opened in the north Fort Worth suburb of Saginaw with a 2020 twist: It's been designed with social distancing in mind.

Called the Saginaw Farmers Market, it'll be open on July 4 with a number of safety measures, says spokesperson Hannah Eustace:

  • Masks will be required for customers and vendors.
  • Vendors are required to supply hand sanitizer and thoroughly clean their spaces throughout the day.
  • Extra tables will be set up in front of each vendor, allowing more space between customers and vendors.

"The goal is to limit person-to-person contact as much as possible," Eustace says. "The extra tables will also keep people from touching items that they may not purchase."

Vendors will be housed, and spaced out in, two pavilion areas.

"Plenty of space for social distancing," she says. "And hopefully the pavilions will help keep people cool."

There are other farmers markets in the area including markets in Keller, Watauga, and Roanoke, but this is the first for Saginaw, Eustace says. It's a joint venture between the City of Saginaw and Community Link, a Saginaw nonprofit food pantry that provides food and other necessities free to those in need.

"We were originally supposed to open in April, when COVID hit, and we decided to postpone until we felt like we could open safely," she says.

Among the 19 local and regional vendors scheduled for Saturday's market are three farms: J&L Family Farm from Bowie; L’Cajn Farm from Rhome; and Winona Orchards, based in the east Texas town of the same name.

Fort Worth will be repped by a number of vendors, such as Fort Worth Jams & Jellies, Honey Bunch Bake Shop, Starry Ice Cream, and Black-owned catering company Bre's Sweet Treats.

Other vendors include Saginaw-based Cafe Volcan Coffee Roasters, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Fort Worth dog treats company Organic Barky Bites. There will be jewelry and craft vendors as well.

It's located at 752 South Knowles Dr., and will be open from 9 am-1 pm on July 4. The next event will be July 18. Starting in August, it'll take place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Yellowstone news

Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Texas' favorite soft drink Dr Pepper spins off fruity-creamy new flavor

Soda News

Texas' favorite soda Dr Pepper, loved for its cherry-ish flavor, has a new berry variety: Strawberries & Cream, available in regular and Zero Sugar versions, now on shelves everywhere.

According to a release, Dr Pepper Strawberries & Cream Regular will be offered in 12-packs with 12-ounce cans and also in 20-ounce bottles. The Zero Sugar version will be offered in 12 packs only.

Both will be permanent additions.

The release says that the new flavor combines the original 23 flavors of Dr Pepper but with layers of strawberry flavor and a creamy finish. That sounds like a lot of activity for a little old soda.

"Our expert team of flavor scientists are constantly innovating to bring to life new varieties that will surprise and delight treat seekers and our existing dedicated fans," says Dr Pepper Marketing VP John Alvarado. "Dr Pepper Strawberries & Cream is an exciting evolution for our brand's flavor portfolio as it joins our permanent lineup alongside popular varieties such as Dr Pepper & Cream Soda and Dr Pepper Zero Sugar."

Dr Pepper is part of Keurig Dr Pepper but is also the oldest major soft drink in the United States, around since 1885.

The "23 flavors" theme, which is said to be responsible for its unique taste, is a secret recipe, ooooh, and is thought to include amaretto, almond, blackberry, black licorice, carrot, clove, cherry, caramel, cola, ginger, juniper, lemon, molasses, nutmeg, orange, prune, plum, pepper, root beer, rum, raspberry, tomato, and vanilla.

The current full Dr Pepper lineup includes Regular, Diet, Caffeine Free, Cherry, Zero Sugar, and Cream Soda.

A spokesperson says that Dr Pepper has introduced several LTO flavors over the past few years, including Dr Pepper Fansville Reserve Bourbon and FANtastic Chocolate in celebration of college football season, and Dark Berry, all available for a limited time only.

The spokesperson neglects to mention some other special edition flavors from the past that have included Dr Pepper Red Fusion, Dr Pepper Berries & Cream, Dr Pepper Cherry, Dr Pepper Vanilla Float, and Diet Cherry Chocolate Dr Pepper, which was delicious.

The two best were definitely Heritage Dr Pepper and Dr Pepper "Made With Real Sugar" — best because they used sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Alas, discontinued.

H-E-B gets the ball rolling on its newest DFW supermarket: Mansfield

Supermarket News

It's Mansfield's lucky day: Texas supermarket king H-E-B officially started construction on a new location in Mansfield, breaking ground in a ceremony on February 3.

According to a release, the store, which was first announced in August 2022, will open in spring 2024.

The store will measure 118,000 square feet, and will be located at the corner of US 287 and Broad Street. H-E-B owns roughly 28 acres at the site.

H-E-B Mansfield joins H-E-B Alliance, currently under construction and set to open in spring 2024, as the first locations in Tarrant County. H-E-B also operates a Central Market location in Fort Worth.

H-E-B Executive VP Juan-Carlos Rück said in a statement that the company was excited to strengthen its commitment to DFW.

"Our H-E-B locations across North Texas continue to stir up great excitement with customers, and this H-E-B store will allow us to answer the long-standing call for an H-E-B in this thriving community," he said.

The store will follow a template set by stores in Plano and McKinney, including a True Texas BBQ restaurant with drive-thru on site; an H-E-B Pharmacy with drive-thru, backyard department, and home décor department with furniture, textiles, and pieces from the Haven + Key and Texas Proud collections.

It'll also have H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery, allowing customers to place orders online for pickup at the store or delivery to the home.

Other highlights include bakery, deli, cheese, charcuterie island, sushi made in-store daily, Asian grill with rice bowls and teriyaki, live demonstrations and samplings, produce, meat, and floral department with online ordering and delivery service.

Also, an extensive craft beer and wine section with sampling station, bulk food items, sports nutrition products and supplements, frozen foods, cosmetics, pet food including Heritage Ranch by H-E-B pet food, plus seasonal items.

Decor will reflect the Mansfield community and incorporate energy-efficient inclusions such as CO2 refrigeration units, LED lighting, and native landscaping.

Time for a quote from the mayor:

“The Mansfield community welcomes H-E-B as a partner and advocate for quality service and world class standards of operation,” said Mansfield Mayor Michael Evans. “Our residents will be the recipients of top-quality grocery and produce, and we are excited about their presence in our city.”