It’s almost the “fairy” best time of year. The State Fair of Texas is justfour days away,which means we’ll be celebrating all things Texas for almost a month — from Fri., Sept. 30-Sat., Oct., 23. 🎡
Each year, we look forward to the tasty + unique foods created by State Fair concessionaires competing for a chance to become a finalist in the annual Big Tex Choice Awards foodie competition. The finalists and winners have now been announced — and we want to try them all.
Here are four can’t miss dishes from this year’s winners and finalists:
Sweet dreams are made of cheese. A new take on everyone’s favorite appetizer, this dish features fresh mozzarella, salami, and green apples wrapped in a wonton wrapper, fried, then topped with goat cheese + a drizzle of hot honey. Pro tip: Try pairing with Karbach Brewing Company’s Light Circus Hazy IPA.
These are “nacho” typical nacho dish. Instead of chips, cajun-seasoned pork rinds are used as the base. The dish is completed with smoked beef fajita meat and covered with queso. Pro tip: Try pairing with Karbach Brewing Company’s Hopadillo IPA.
3. The Ultimate Brookie Monster 🍪 (Finalist: “Sweet”)
Now for something sweet. This dessert dish starts with a base of chocolate chip cookies, layered with Oreos + marshmallows, then covered in brownie batter, and baked. It’s then deep fried, showered in powdered sugar, and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. For a finishing touch, it is topped with cheesecake crumbles and strawberry sauce. Pro tip: Try pairing with Karbach Brewing Company’s Rodeo Clown Double IPA.
4. Cha-Cha Chata 🍨 (Winner: “Most Creative”)
A dessert dish you can enjoy while on-the-go. This cha-cha dance inspired milkshake is a blend of milk, vanilla ice cream, and a top-secret horchata recipe. The creamy concoction is then poured into a cup rimmed with caramel + cinnamon, topped with whipped cream, and dusted with candy, cinnamon, and more.*
FW Writes | Mon., Sept. 26 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Fort Worth Public Library - Southwest, 4001 Library Ln. | Free | Improve your writing by joining other local creatives for sprints, accountability, and critique sessions.
Trivia Night | Tues., Sept. 27 | 8-10 p.m. | University Pub, 3019 S. University Dr. | Free | Modeled after pub quizzes in Ireland and the UK, Geeks Who Drink is an authentic homegrown trivia quiz.
Straight Line Crazy | Wed., Sept. 28 | 2 p.m. | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | $20 | Watch a live broadcast of David Hare’s play from the Bridge Theatre in London. Ralph Fiennes plays the most powerful man in New York.
State of the City | Thurs., Sept. 29 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dickies Arena | $120+ | Mayor Mattie Parker will be the keynote speaker at Fort Worth Chamber’s inaugural address.
Texas Pinners Conference and Expo | Fri., Sept. 30 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Will Rogers Memorial Center | $10+ | Get crafty at this Pinterest-inspired conference and expo featuring 200 creative contributors.
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The Northside Community Center (1100 NW 18th St.) is reopening on Sat., Oct. 1 after a $5.1 million rebuild. The new facility has expanded programming and improved access with a new boxing gym, fitness areas, office spaces + social support services from Community Action Partners and VITA staff. 🥊
M2G Ventures has sold the Foundry District to North Carolina-based investment firm Asana Partners. The six-acre mixed-use development boasts Innovation Alley and 98,000 sqft of adaptive reuse warehouses. Asana currently owns 43 buildings in Dallas’s Deep Ellum + other properties around the metroplex.
Who’s hungry? A new Korean double-fried chicken restaurant is on the horizon for Panther City. Bonchon Chicken is set to open at 9652 Ten Gallon Dr. (off Chisholm Trail Parkway) any day now. Get ready to pick your piece, sauce, and side. 🐓 (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Clevon, an autonomous delivery vehicle innovator based in Estonia, has expanded to North America with a new US headquarters opening in Alliance. The Center of Excellence is located in the Mobility Innovation Zone + hopes to grow the local economy with new jobs and technological innovation. 🚘
Lights out, Fort Worth — Help protect Texas’ migrating birds by turning off your lights from now until Wed., Nov. 30 between 11 p.m.-6 a.m. Join the city in limiting light pollutionand saving energy during peak migration season. 🐦
Do you speak Vietnamese? Eighteen local businesses and organizations are looking for bilingual employees. Employers are seeking staff to serve the 35,000+ Vietnamese-American residents in Tarrant County. See who’s hiring. 🗣 (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Texas Health Fort Worthhas been recognized for spinal care by The Joint Commission. Texas Health is the second hospital in Texas to receive the Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery. The award follows the healthcare facility’s receipt of the Neurotrauma Certification. 🩺
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Remind us what those are. Last December, the city, Tarrant Regional Water District, and Keep Fort Worth Beautiful started an initiative to use two solar-powered waterwheels to collect and remove floating trash from the third most polluted river in Texas.
Set to be installed at the river’s Clear and West Forks, waterwheels and conveyor belts will be mounted on floating platforms. Containment booms — essentially a buoy line — will funnel trash onto the conveyor belt and into a detachable dumpster.
Approximately the size of a small building, the waterwheel measures 52 ft long by 24 ft wide with a 14-ft diameter wheel. The structure is covered with a protective material that keeps trash from being blown away by the wind. Solar panels will cover one side + help power the wheel.
Keep Fort Worth Beautiful has moved on to the permitting phase of the project. Click the button below to learn more about the project + its funding.
Editor’s pick: This weekend, I participated in the Fort Worth Rowing Club‘s fall Steerhead Regatta. It was a beautiful day out on the Trinity River and great to see rowing clubs from across the state. 🛶
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