MAIN ST. Eats: Good taste that's good to go

03/17/2009

Fort Worth, Texas—Ingenuity and good taste have given the world many ways to eat on the street, and some of the finest names in food here join the festival faithful in preparing a menu for MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) April 16-19 in downtown Fort Worth.

While a sit-down meal is certainly an option, many MAIN ST. guests choose to eat on their feet, and those cooking up something for MAIN ST.--from tamales and burritos, wraps and gyros, turkey legs and funnel cakes, to barbecue, burgers and hot dogs—are preparing great tastes that are good to go.

NATURE MADE TO GO

Mere man cannot know how festivals fit into the designs of creation, but the turkey leg seems custom made for festival fare. It is nature’s first food on a stick, and Nick’s BBQholds the corner and concession on turkey legs at MAIN ST. as one of the festival’s longest-running vendors.

Roasted corn on the cob is a treat that’s wrapped as well as portable by nature, and it looks as good as it tastes when The Original Corn Roast is doing the cooking.

IT’S A WRAP
Wraps are a relatively recent food phenom, but they share the advantage of edible wrapping with such favorites as gyros, tacos, burritos, fajitas and tamales. Sandwiches like the all-Americahamburger (with or without cheese) and hot dog (with or without chili) and sliced or chopped barbecue make sure there’s a mobile main course for every taste on the street.

Ala Carte is making grilled chicken Caesar, Southwestern beef, and veggie wraps, andMario’s serves chicken oregano, pork Tuscany and veggie gyros. 

Look for Reata’s refined tenderloin tamales and chicken tacos, or brisket tacos and beef fajita tacos by Cantina Laredo, and fajitas, tamales, bean and meat burritos and quesadillas from Bobby’s Fajitas.

Nick’s BBQ and Riscky’s Bar Be Que are smoking beef for sandwiches at MAIN ST., and you can stop by Schmidt’s of German Village or Little German Kitchen for a sandwich with a German accent or your favorite sausage. Pick up a steak sandwich atTexas Skillet, or try their tortilla dog. Traditional hot dogs and hamburgers are cooking at Leisure Foods and Tequila Red’s Hot Dog Cart.

REGIONAL SPECIALTIES AND LOCAL FAVORITES
Laissez les bons temps rouler with jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish and other Cajun cooking at Crawfish Connection, or pick up Mama’s Pizza by the slice, a Fort Worth favorite.

SWEET SOMETHINGS & SNACKS

Schakolad Chocolate Factory
 lends a touch of class to any occasion, and its chocolate-covered strawberries, bananas and caramel apples are a treat. Enjoy German Kettle Popcorn between meals.

IT JUST WOULDN’T BE MAIN ST. WITHOUT . . . 

Some eats have become essentials. Funnel cakes, Dippin Dots Ice Cream,Spudzilla’s ribbon-cut potatoes, cream puffs from Little German Kitchen or Schmidt’s of German Village, corn dogs at Nick’s BBQ, fried corn at Riscky’s, and Tequila Red’s sausage on a stick are just a few.

LIBATIONS

Soft drinks, smoothies, ice tea and lemonade as well as beer, margaritas and Texas wines quench thirsts at MAIN ST.

MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.), downtown’s main event presented by Coors Light and produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., will hit the streets April 16-19 as one of the top three art shows nationwide and the region’s biggest entertainment showcase.

The festival packs downtown Fort Worth each spring with a celebration of fine arts and crafts, music, film and food stretching from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. More than 200 juried artists and fine crafts exhibitors will line brick-paved Main Street, joined by musicians and dancers on three stages. Performance artists and food and drink vendors complete the scene, and Fort Worth’s signature skyline blending turn-of-the-century buildings and modern skyscrapers frames this regional favorite. Admission is free.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

For information on event sponsorship, contact producer Jay Downie at 817-336-ARTS, ext. 21.

ABOUT US
MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 24th year in 2009 and is presented by Coors Light. Official Sponsors for 2009 are American Airlines, Chase, Sundance Square, Target, and XTO Energy. Media Sponsors include CBS 11/TXA 21, D Magazine and theStar-Telegram as well as radio stations WRR 101.1, Mix 102.9, 102.1 The Edge, 106.1 KISS FM, 95.9 FM The Ranch, Country Legends 92.1, and Lone Star 92.5. Supporting Sponsors include Coca-Cola Bottling Company of North Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Green Mountain Energy, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

The festival is produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by provide a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights, which includes lighting ceremonies for the city’s Christmas tree. These events have an economic impact of more than $19 million annually and attract more than 500,000 visitors to downtown Fort Worth each year, all building to a sterling celebration of 25 years on MAIN ST. in 2010.