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Cottonwood Art Festival Serves Up Fine Art and Fine Food, Spirits
Posted Date: 10/4/2017 9:00 AM

The City of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival is all about fine art, entertainment, and fine food and spirits. The long-running, prestigious art show will offer something for everyone including an epic lineup of craft beer from local breweries and delectable dining choices from a variety of restaurants and food vendors. The festival will be held Oct. 7-8 in scenic Cottonwood Park.

Considered an oasis for craft beer lovers, the festival will host a craft beer garden in the Lakeside Courtyard. Festival-goers can sit back and relax and savor the following brews: Revolver Blood and Honey, Rahr Ugly Pug, Lakewood Lager, Blue Moon, Shock Top Belgian White, Bishop Crackberry Cider and more.

The courtyard will feature Mimosa Mornings beginning at 10 a.m. on each day of the event, giving early birds an opportunity to have a delightful morning beverage and a breakfast taco or two. Margaritas, Prosecco and wine will also be available for purchase.

A tantalizing selection of unique and tasty culinary delights can found at Cottonwood.

New this fall:

  • Satay Hut—Enjoy a new flavor with Asian grilled kabobs fresh from the grill.
  • Socal Mini Donuts—Visitors can enjoy delicious, warm and fresh mini donuts with their choice of flavors and toppings.
  • The Virgin Olive—Say Buon Appetito with a variety of Italian selections including spaghetti and meatballs, the Italian hot dog, herb crusted chicken tacos, meatball sub, chicken parmesan sandwich and more.

Additional festival favorites include:

  • Sonny Bryan’s—Every Texas festival serves great BBQ. Visitors can enjoy brisket, homemade BBQ sauce, onion rings and more.
  • Texas Twist—Regulars to Cottonwood know the black grill on the festival's main road will have warm mozzarella and cinnamon pretzels. Texas Twist also offers frozen Minute Maid frozen treats.
  • Big Shucks Oyster Bar—Selections include fried catfish, boiled shrimp, fresh grilled fish or sea scallops, crawfish and more.
  • Taylor’s Concessions—Fresh fruit smoothies made with all-natural ingredients along with homemade pizza made in a portable wood-burning oven. Choose from traditional pepperoni, cheese, sausage or delicious BBQ chicken.
  • Mario's—Featuring delicious Greek food with Mediterranean flavors such as chicken artichoke, sausage, lamb, steak Romano, pork and veggie Tuscan.
  • Al La Carte—This cuisine offers custom made Tex-Mex and a breakfast menu.
  • Taylor's Sweet Shop—Offering delectable treats dipped in Belgian chocolate on a chocolate wheel. From gourmet caramel apples, chocolate covered strawberries, frozen bananas and cheesecake, visitors are sure to find something delicious.
  • TC Roasted Corn—Serving juicy, sweet ears of roasted corn with 20 different spices to choose from, Mexican-style corn in a cup, loaded baked potatoes, stuffed baked potato bowls slathered in beef, corn, butter, cheese and sour cream. For a sweeter side, visitors can enjoy baked sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar, cinnamon and marshmallow cream.
  • Murphy's Roasted Nuts—Known for it’s delicious aroma—visitors can’t leave without this classic treat.
  • Wild West Soda Saloon—Old fashioned, handcrafted soda with delicious flavors ranging from sarsaparilla, orange cream, black cheery, cherry limeade, black cherry, root beer and many more. Served in refillable tumblers or a 32-ounce collectable tin cup.
  • Conway's Corndogs—Classic fair food that is dipped in batter and then dipped in the fryer. Lemonade and smoothies can complete a traditional festival meal.
  • Kona Ice—Visitors can beat the heat with sweet, cold, refreshing shaved ice.
  • Wound Up! Cafe—From the Italian-made, three-wheeled 2012 Piaggio Ape 50 imported from the UK, Cottonwood goers can enjoy locally roasted coffee and expressos.

About Cottonwood Art Festival
Now in its 48th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected more than 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages.

  • The festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX.
  • Parking and admission are free.

Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own—Cottonwood has something for everyone. For more information, go to: