Written by Josie Villa-Singleton.

Photos by Josie Villa-Singleton.

Fall is upon us and there are many ways to celebrate the end of summer. You can take advantage of cooler weather and visit local Farmers Markets or sample chili at a chili cook-off. Enjoy a wine dinner that incorporates seasonal Fall fare from a noted local chef. Gather your own kitchen inspiration with a kitchen tour that benefits a great cause. Get to know the craft cocktail scene in Fort Worth with a series of special events including a Margarita Party. Celebrate October Holidays with a special beer and sausage event, a spooky dinner, cookie decorating or Halloween themed beer festivities.

Swtichback Ridge Wine Dinner
October 9
Ellerbe Fine Foods

Enjoy Chef Molly McCooks exemplary cuisine paired with handcrafted estate wines from Switchback Ridge. Five wines will be paired with dishes that incorporate seasonal and local farm-fresh ingredients during this special dining event.

Clearfork Farmers Market Fall Festival
October 12, 8AM – 12PM
Clearfork Farmers Market

Fall is in the air and the Clearfork Farmers Market celebrates the season with its annual festival. This family friendly event will have plenty of free activities and fall themed games. Shop products and produce from local artisans and farmers. The Little Art Bus will provide a falo inspired art project, there will be a tree giveaway, and even a pie eating contest with Sweet Lucy’s Pies.

Oktoberfest at the Culinary School of Fort Worth
October 12, 6PM – 8PM
The Culinary School of Fort Worth

The Culinary School of Fort Worth along with Just Encased Food Truck hosts a SOLD OUT Oktoberfest celebration. Feast on individual flights of sausage and family style sides that include warm potato salad and buttered spaetzle. Included in the meal is a giant Bavarian pretzel and an array of desserts. What’s an Oktoberfest celebration without beer? Food will be paired with brews from Cowtown Brewing Co. and you’ll get to take home a commemorative mug.

Lola’s Local Farmers Market
October 13
Lola’s Trailer Park

Is there such a thing as a Rock n Roll Farmers Market?! I’d venture to say that the Lola’s Local Farmers Market that takes place every second Sunday at Lola’s Trailer Park is as close as you’ll get. Check out the food, local artisans and artists AND live music at this funky and eclectic market. They also have a food truck onsite.

A Dinner to Die For
October 16, 6:30PM – 10PM
Bird Cafe

Bird Cafe celebrates the “Spooky Season” with a 3 Course Haunted Wine Dinner and Ghost Tour of Fort Worth. Bird Cafe hosts a three course dinner in The Rook, the intimate space on the second floor of the restaurant. You’ll get to hear about the history of Fort Worth, the Land Title Building and the paranormal activities of the building. Included in your ticket is a bus tour of Fort Worth that stops at historically haunted sites.

Fort Worth Cocktail Week Margarita Party
October 17, 6PM – 9PM
Fort Worth Black House

Fort Worth Cocktail Week gives area mixologists an opportunity to show off their craft in various venues and events. This week-long celebration of Fort Worth’s craft cocktail scene consists of five events. The Margarita Party takes place at local art venue Black House and will feature rare agaves and tequilas from South of the border.

Fourth Annual Firefighters Chili Cook Off
October 19
General Worth Square

With the arrival of Fall, also means the arrival of chili season. If you’d like to sample some, you’ll want to make sure you put the Fort Worth Firefighters Chili Cook Off on your calendar. Attendance is free and open to the public and takes place in General Worth Square. Tickets for chili and beverages will be sold at the entrance. Proceeds benefit Fort Worth Firefighters Charities.

8th Annual Kitchens Tour
October 19
Walsh Ranch

This month A Wish With Wings hosts its 8th Annual Kitchens Tour. Don’t miss your chance to tour beautiful kitchens in Walsh Ranch. Local chefs will provide tasty bites to attendees. Participating restaurants and chefs include Grace, Rise no. 3, Tributary Cafe, Taco Heads and Waters.

Ladies Day of the Dead Cookie Decorating
October 22, 6PM – 8PM

Learn how to decorate Day of the Dead themed cookies from a pro. Chef Alexis, a Food Network finalist, will teach you all the tips and tricks on how to turn simple cookies into edible art.

7th Annual Martin House Booery Tour
October 26, 12PM-5PM
Martin House Brewery

Get in the spirit of Halloween and get dressed up or even get your dog dressed up. Martin House will 20+ limited beers on tap. There will be live music, activities and food.

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