Air-conditioning: the best thing to happen to Taste of Dallas since sliced brisket.
For years, this outdoor food festival was held downtown in the blazing Texas heat, which may have been great for keeping hot food hot, but what it did to our ice-cold beer was shameful.
Then in 2010 it made the move to Fair Park, which allowed several of its events to unfold in the glorious chill of refrigerated air.
This year, dozens of restaurants dole out tasty treats from their menus in budget-friendly bites ranging from $1 to $3. Or secure a spot indoors at Taste of the Town, which gets access to the main event, as well as complimentary tastings from select restaurants.
Meanwhile, Taste Tavern pours out plentiful tastings of beer, wine, and spirits to keep you cool from the inside out.
Of course, it can no longer be a food event without Dallas' now ever-present food trucks. Taste Curbside features favorites, including Easy Slider, Taco Party, and Nammi.
We assume those trucks get A/C standard.
Taste of Dallas 2013
Friday-Sunday, July 12-14
3600 Grand Ave., Fair Park
Price: General Admission $10; Taste Tavern $30; Taste of the Town $30; Taste Tavern/Taste of the Town Combo $50
Best bet: VIP admission for four to Taste of Dallas, Taste Tavern and Taste of the Town = $150 ($240 value)
Nearby: Craft & Growler; Pizza Lounge; Double Wide
Photo: Lockhart Smokehouse, Taste of Dallas vendor