The theme of the month long Texas State Fair might be “Celebrating Texas Agriculture,” but for two short nights in Dallas early this fall, the theme was brought home locally. For those two nights, Chefs for Farmers was the premier, locavore, city, and food event…a true Peak Plate experience.

Not all food festivals are created equal. To make this event stand out from the pack, Chefs for Farmers head honcho Iris Midler knew her team had to do something a little different. CFF is the self-described “down-home, no-fuss culinary event of the year” — and the laid-back vibe is precisely what keeps a chefs and diners alike coming back.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Chefs for Farmers, a local organization that promotes sustainability and supports local charitable causes, held its first Big Oyster Bash on Sunday at the Dallas Farmers Market. The event, which benefited Cafe Momentum and Foodways Texas, featured big-name chefs including Matt McCallister of FT33, John Tesar of Knife and Spoon, and Jon Alexis of TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market.

D MAGAZINE

Chefs For Farmers knocks it out of Lee Park year after year. A muscular cadre of superhero chefs assembled on Sunday to bring the most awesome food event the palates of Dallas’ hungriest have ever seen. Wine, cheese, charcuterie, puréed pumpkin with pancetta and foie gras? I mean, c’mon. The Chefs For Farmers event launched with sophisticated charm all over Lee Park.

Paper City

Top Dallas chefs get into the farm spirit – and the six-course dinner that follows brings national starpower. The annual Chefs For Farmers food and wine festival and Celebrity Cruises will host this year’s Créme de La Femme Dinner, an exclusive culinary event bringing together six local and national chefs to honor the unique food and wine talent in the southern region.

THE DAILY MEAL

Chefs For Farmers (“CFF”), is an annual food and wine festival held in Dallas that brings chefs, artisans, and culinary influencers together in celebration of local and regional farmers.

DALLAS OBSERVER

Culinary Village Main Event was held on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Gilleys. The all-you-can-eat fest included a beer garden, biscuit bar and a Champagne and oyster station.

ESCAPE HATCH DALLAS

At Chefs For Farmers last weekend, organizers Iris Midler, Christina LaBarba, Jimmy Contreras, Matt McCallister and their team pulled off the best food and wine festival Dallas has ever seen.

D MAGAZINE

Chefs for Farmers held their first annual Oyster Bash at the Dallas Farmers Market on Sunday. Guests and chefs sucked down oysters and libations from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Chefs participating in the event included Jon Alexis (TJ’s Seafood Market), Matt McCallister (FT33), Kyle McClelland (Proof + Pantry), Jack Perkins (The Slow Bone), Stephen Rogers (Gemma), Jon Stevens (Stock and Barrel), John Tesar (Knife) and Randy Rucker (Briar and Bramble, Houston).

D MAGAZINE

Local chefs, bartenders, artisans, and food enthusiasts gathered at Gilley’s Dallas this past Sunday for the Chefs For Farmers food festival.