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What’s better than a Fried Chicken Festival? Craft beer to wash it down, of course

Fort Worth Star-Telegram logo Fort Worth Star-Telegram 5/15/2022 Roger Pinckney, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In recent years, fried chicken restaurants have exploded onto the scene in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Helen’s Hot Chicken, Korean-style B.B.Q Chicken and others have elevated diners’ taste buds way beyond the typical fried chicken chain restaurant.

Of course, the craft beer scene has been popular for years in North Texas and continues to expand with at least 10 in the Fort Worth area alone.

How about pairing some finger-licking chicken with a variety of craft beer flavors, all in one place?

You can enjoy both at the inaugural Fort Worth Fried Chicken & Craft Beer Fest, presented by Four Corners Brewing Company, on Saturday, May 21 from noon-5 p.m. at Panther Island Pavilion.

Festival goers can savor some of the best fried chicken in the area from Emmy’s Smokehouse, Tributary Café, Helen’s Hot Chicken, William’s Fried Chicken, Gus’ World-Famous Chicken, Ragin’ Cajun Food Truck, Nick’s Soul Food Cuisine and Big Baby’s Bites.

Everyone who attends can also vote for their favorite chicken to see which restaurant earns bragging rights for Best of the Fest.

Four Corners, based in Dallas, will have many of its favorite brews on hand including Local Buzz Honey-Rye Golden Ale, El Chingon IPA, El Grito Lager, Heart O’ Texas Red Ale, La Chingona Double IPA and Mango Fresca.

Visitors can also enjoy axe-throwing, taking pictures in a themed photo booth, shopping from local vendors and participating in the Colonel Sanders costume contest with the winner receiving a $250 cash prize.

Tickets are $45 per person and include access to all participating restaurants and a signature beer taster.

For tickets and more information, go to sbghospitality.com/fort-worth-fried-chicken-festival.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden seeks public feedback on design plan

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas is seeking your input on its master plan design for infrastructure and improvements over the next 20 years.

You can join the discussion during a Master Plan Committee meeting, Tuesday, May 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Garden Center Lecture Hall, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

The initial concept for the master plan design will be revealed for the future of the 120-acre campus. A consultant team by landscape architecture firm Studio Outside gathered input from the committee, staff members and the general public.

After a presentation, attendees are invited to comment in a conversational format or via a comment card.

For more information, go to fortworthtexas.gov/news/2022/5/Botanic-Garden-Master-Plan-First-Draft.

LeAnn Rimes returns to Fort Worth for PBR Concert Series

Country music superstar LeAnn Rimes brings all her classic hits back to Cowtown when she plays at Will Rogers Auditorium on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Rimes, the Grammy Award winner who grew up in Garland, played a free event at Sundance Square in August 2019 to kick off United Way’s fundraising drive.

Rimes’ show Friday is part of the Professional Bull Riders World Finals Concert Series at Will Rogers. The PBR World Finals is taking place in Fort Worth for the first time as Dickies Arena hosts the event from May 13-22.

Country singer Travis Tritt also plays at Will Rogers on Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 p.m.

Texas icon and renowned singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen closes out the concert series Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 p.m.

For tickets to all shows, go to ticketmaster.com and search for Will Rogers Auditorium.

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