Known as a food sport, World Food Championships brings up and coming chefs and home cooks from around the world to compete in the ultimate food competition. Now in its seventh year and in Dallas for the first time, here's everything to expect and why you can't miss it!
What to Expect
The events all take place on Oct. 16-20 at Reunion Tower Lawn. Chefs will compete in 10 categories: Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak for a chance to win fame and prizes, while a group of judges will evaluate on execution, appearance and taste, giving a score out of ten for each criterion.
Each day the field for each category will narrow, with the Top Ten round and an award ceremony will happen on Sunday, Oct. 20 starting at 7 p.m.
You can check out the competition throughout the four-day festival, and there will also be plenty of special events like the Bourb 'N' Que block party where you can vote on the best barbeque in the nation. Celebrity chef demos will also take place throughout the festival and a visit to the tasting pavilion is a must! The pavilion will host food samplings from around the world.
Food fans can also be a part of the fun during the search for the best Dallas food truck. Ten of Dallas' favorite food trucks will compete for best dish during the Face-Off event, and you can be a part of the vote! You can cast your vote now through Oct. 7, (follow the steps on the website) then on Saturday, Oct. 20, try bites from each of the competing food trucks on Saturday, Oct. 20 and see if your favorite wins.
General admission tickets are $10-15 for a daily ticket or $30 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under get in free. See all the ticket info here. There are also special discount days including:
Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Free admission for First Responders
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Free admission for Military families/Veterans
Friday, Oct. 18 – $5 off if you bring a canned food item
Sunday, Oct. 20 – Free admissions for seniors