These are the 9 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

The scorching summer temperatures summon visions of sugar plum dancing in our heads, thanks to a “Christmas in July” drawing party with wine. Other “cool” events include an ice cream collaboration and a chilled champagne tasting. By Saturday, embrace the heat with a hot dog festival complete with hot dog-flavored seltzer, and a bike ride at the brewery that comes with drag pours at each stop. The weekend also brings the highly anticipated Portillo beef bus.

Tuesday 12th July

Christmas in July Paint-A-Glass & Sip at Lost Oak Winery
Holiday vibes on the canal in the summer heat with a Christmas-themed wine glass painting class at Burleson’s Lost Oak Winery. Participants will draw a winter scene while sipping on wine. $45 category includes appetizers and a free glass of wine. Class starts from 5-7:30 pm.

Generous pour in Capital Grill
From now until September 5, guests can take part in a private party at The Capital Grille that allows for unlimited quantities of a selection of wines from the Antinori family estate. For $32 per person, plus a dinner purchase, guests can try up to six Antinori red, white, and pink labels—a really cool pour. Servers will provide tasting notes and pairing recommendations for each pour. Reservations encouraged.

Wednesday 13th July

Kisses Kisses Patisserie & Melt Ice Creams Collaboration
Ahead of National Ice Cream Day on Saturday, Chef Andrea Meyer of Dallas-based Bisous Patisserie will show up at Melt Ice Creams on Magnolia Avenue to serve up croissant ice cream pies ($6.50). Gourmet sandwiches will feature warm Meyer waffles and made-to-order croissants with a choice of melted ice cream, all dipped in flavoring sugars, nuts, and house-made sauces. Sammies will be available from 4pm until stocks last.

Let’s learn to taste whiskey at Off the Vine & Cellar
Sip six different whiskeys in the Grapevine Wine Room and Cellar, and learn what makes each one unique. Covered varieties will include Irish, Scotch, single malt Scotch, American, bourbon, rye, and extra whiskey that will keep participants guessing. The educational tasting, which runs from 7-8:30 p.m., is $49 per person and includes snacks.

Thursday 14 July

Champagne flight night at Winehouse
The term “champagne” is often thrown to refer to any sparkling wine. The truth is that real champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France. Experience nothing but good things at WineHaus with a champagne cruise. The tasting includes three tinctures for $25 and will be available from 6-8 p.m.

Taste the Fab 5 in 3 vino
The name says it all – sample five all-time fan favorites at Roanoke Wine Bar. The $25 price includes wine and cheese board. The tasting lasts from 6-8pm and no reservations are required.

Friday 15 July

Portillo Beef Bus Tour at AT&T . Stadium
Before opening in the fall at the Grandscape development in The Colony, Portillo Restaurant sends a delicious preview to Texas via a mobile food truck. Called the Beef Bus, Chicago’s hot dog chain restaurant will appear on wheels several times in North Texas, including at the Summer Truckin Nationals at AT&T Stadium, July 15-17. People are sure to line up early, as there’s even a Facebook group dedicated to bringing the cult-favorite restaurant to DFW. The menu will include the famous Chicago-style hot dog served with mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, tomatoes, kosher pickles and sports peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun. The menu will also include Italian beef sandwiches and Polish sausages. The Beef Bus will be at the stadium from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday 16th July

6 Pieces Trail Riding
This six-stop bike doubles as a Fort Worth brewery tour. Stations include Cowtown Brewing, Martin House Brewing Company, Wild Acre Brewing Company, HopFusion Ale Works, and Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. Start and end at the Flying Saucer downtown, where the journey will culminate with a meal and brewing from Troy Aikman’s EIGHT Elite. The $65 per person price includes an 8- to 10-mile ride, a beer at each stop, a winch after the ride in the Flying Saucer, and other goodies. Check-in is at 10 AM before check-out is at 10:30 AM and expect to be around 3:30 PM. Unicycle.

Glizzy Festival at Martin House Brewing Company
After receiving national attention for the latest release of “Bun Length,” hot dog-flavored seltzer for Martin House Brewing Company, the riverfront brewery is holding a hot dog festival. There will be hot dog and sausage food trucks (including Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs), a hot dog eating contest, a John Cougar Mellencamp cover squad, wiener dogs and a puppy tub, and a new special seltzer launch. People can also sample a length of cake on tap, along with about 25 other beers. The bracelets will sell for $15 and will be good for a pint cup for souvenirs and four tinsel. The party will run from 12 to 5 pm.

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