Halloween. It’s not just for kids. Those 21 and older can come as they are or celebrate the fall holiday by donning their favorite costume and enjoy a fang-tastic evening of all-inclusive food and beverages, live entertainment, a silent auction with charity partner North Texas Food Bank and more at The Foodie Experience Fall-O-Ween Fest on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Longhorn Ballroom. The Longhorn Ballroom is located at 216 Corinth Street Rd., Dallas. Attendees will be whisked away to the past to celebrate Dallas’ second oldest and most famous live music venue and cultural landmark, the Longhorn Ballroom. This vital piece of Lone Star history has hosted some of the most famous Dallas soirees of yesteryear. Its walls have seen one of the most infamous Dallas concerts to ever make headlines, the 1978 Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols spectacle; the 1978 making of “The Buddy Holly Story;” and the filming of several episodes of “Dallas” in the ‘80s. Celebrities Gary Busey and Mick Jagger have frequented its halls and Aerosmith recorded their 1989 music video, “What It Takes,” under its roof. Eventgoers will bask in the opulence of the newly renovated, historic Dallas landmark.
Originally built by millionaire O.L. Nelms to lure famous country singer Bob Wills back to Texas from California, the 23,000-square-foot dance hall later sold to country music mainstay Dewey Groom after years of being managed by Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassin Jack Ruby. The ballroom has been returned to its former 1960s glory, and the iconic glittering Longhorn Ballroom sign has been returned to its original condition. The new owners, the LaFrance family, have worked tirelessly with famed area artists such as Muralist Stylle Read and Interior Designer Heather Hines Teel, to bring North Texas’ oldest dance hall into the 21century, while keeping its down-home charm.
“We’re thrilled to host The Foodie Experience Fall-O-Ween Fest as one of our first events since the re-opening of the historic Longhorn Ballroom. As one of the oldest venues in Dallas, it’s important for us support the best live music, eats and drinks our city has to offer and celebrate what makes the ‘Big D’ so great,” said Longhorn Ballroom owner Jay LaFrance.
Friday and Saturday nights’ feasts will feature succulent tastings from more than 50 chefs, restaurants and culinary artisans, including top restaurants Tillman’s Roadhouse, Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, Knife, Meso Maya, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Stirr and many more. There will be a variety of tasty vegan and vegetarian offerings as well as tempting desserts to satisfy the most discriminating sweet tooth. In addition, everyone will crave the delectable creations for sample and take-home offered by a dozen culinary artisans in the Artisan Market.
Don’t miss dozens of sensational wines, craft beers and a variety of spirits and exquisite mixed-cocktails as part of the all-inclusive night. Experience special beverages paired with tasty bites alongside delicious desserts. Relax and enjoy a sample of scotch or gin and a premium cigar in the Casa De Montecristo Cigar Lounge.
Live Music will fill the air both nights so bring your boogey shoes. Get your freak on Friday evening with “the greatest disco band in the world,” Le Freak. Costume wearers can show off their best Daenerys Targaryen or Jon Snow at the evening’s costume contest, with three winners each night winning cash and other great prizes.