These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week’s events set the stage for a busy spring season as some take the party outdoors (although watch for another chilly front to come in later this week). There’s a beer launch by a famous quarterback, reserve wine tasting, and a beer festival on the list. There are also a few tickets left for a dinner party that does a lot of good for others long after dinner is over.

Wednesday, March 9

EIGHT Elite Release with Troy Aikman at Flying Saucer
The Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback has been making his rounds at bars across the state to launch his brand new beer, and Fort Worth is next on the list. Troy Aikman will make an appearance at Flying Saucer downtown for the release of EIGHT Elite, a light lager crafted by number eight himself. He’s scheduled to appear at 4 pm. Stay for live music on the outdoor stage from 4-7 pm.

Thursday, March 10

Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Reserve Wine Tasting
Guests can sample more than 40 wine varietals, from bubbles to bold reds, during this tasting event leading up to annual Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival at the end of the month. To be held at the Modern Art Museum, the tasting event will come with light bites from the Modern’s new Wolfgang Puck Catering. The come-and-go event will run from 6:30-8:30 pm and proceeds from the $75 per-person ticket will benefit the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation grants and culinary scholarships.

Cuisine for Healing Dinner Party for Life
There are just a few seats left for this special annual fundraiser, in which proceeds go to providing organic, immune-boosting meals for those battling life-threatening diseases in Tarrant County. This year, the event will be held at Hotel Drover, with Rosie Moncrief as the honorary chair and chef Jon Bonnell as the event emcee. Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner paired with wine and prepared by a superstar lineup of local culinary talent, including Anthony Felli of Waters, Kevin Martinez of Tokyo Café, Ben Merritt of Fixture and the new Fitzgerald, Michael Thomson of Michaels, and Devin Walline of 97 West inside Hotel Drover. Individual tickets start at $125 and dinner begins at 6 pm.

Friday, March 11

After Hours in the Garden
Spring is on the way and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is ready to invite visitors to the gardens after dark. Guests can watch the sunset and enjoy live folk music with an adult beverage. The $25 ticket ($18 for members) includes one glass of wine, beer, or specialty cocktail, and light bites. Additional drinks and boxed meals will be available for purchase. The event will run from 6:30-8:30 pm, and members may enter early at 6 pm.

Saturday, March 12

StrassenFest at Texas Live!
Visit the Arlington entertainment complex for a beer festival featuring more than a dozen breweries. Participants include Revolver Brewing, Hop Fusion Ale Works, Lakewood Brewing Co., and more across Dallas and Fort Worth. Tickets start at $30 for 15 tasting coins good for beer samples. Note that some brews will be worth more coins depending on alcohol level. Or pay $45 for 20 coins and get early entry at 2 pm. General admission tickets get in at 3 pm.

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