Chefs For Farmers (CFF) is proud to showcase the talents of Texas’s best chefs and food artisans while celebrating the farmers that make great food possible. In one mouth-watering, libation-filled festival, we pay tribute to each CFF host city (Houston and Dallas) as an emerging culinary destination through incredible events and custom programming that highlight the entire culinary ecosystem in North Texas and beyond. Since its inception in 2010, CFF has grown from an intimate farm-to-table dinner in Dallas to one of the largest food and wine events in Texas. As good food citizens of the world, we balance our dedication to sustainability, eco-consciousness, and charity with our greatest goal: putting on the best food festival Texas has ever seen!
Since that first dinner back in 2010, CFF’s mission has been to organically connect restaurants and chefs with local, family farmers. Each participating restaurant is partnered with a local farm, using that farm’s ingredients for their featured dish at the festival. We provide each chef with an ingredient stipend to cover costs, which directly supports their partner farm.
At our core, our mission is to bring our local community together in efforts to create a strong, local food ecosystem. We aim to create connections before, during, and after the festival that in turn will strengthen our local food economy.
The festival has provided both chefs and farmers a platform to form cohesive partnerships with each other that can be leveraged well beyond the festival. And it works: many of our participating chefs come back to their partner farms to source locally grown ingredients for their restaurant menus. We hope the relationships fostered each year will continue strengthen our local food economy now and in the future.
HOUSTON: Saturday, September 30th & Sunday, October 1st, 2023
DALLAS: Thursday, November 2nd & Sunday, November 5th, 2023
CFF Houston will be hosted at Autry Park, 3737 Cogdell St., Houston, TX 77019
CFF Dallas events are held in various locations throughout the greater Dallas area. The festival’s signature Main Event on Sunday, November 5 will be returning to place at Old City Park, 1515 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75215
Please defer to event specific pages for venue details on CFF intimate dinners and brunches.
Yes! Each CFF event benefits a variety of non-profit organizations to empower our local community.
CFF Houston will be collaborating with Houston Food Bank and Urban Harvest as our official charity partners. CFF contributions will support Houston Food Bank’s efforts in combatting hunger in the Houston area and Urban Harvest’s sustainable community gardens and farms.
This year, CFF Dallas’s charity beneficiary is the Seed Project Foundation (SPF). SPF funds educational, agricultural, and community initiatives that support sustainability. Sustainability is a social challenge that improves the current quality of life without compromising future generations. The Foundation was established on the premise that funding sustainable ideas today will support ecological and social balance in the future. Providing seed money for causes that enhance the principles of sustainability is our mission.
Yes, all CFF events are 21 and older. A Valid ID is required for admission to all events. If event security cannot verify your age, you will not be admitted into the event. Anyone under the age of 21 will be refused entry and tickets will not be refunded.
All CFF events are 21 and older. No children or infants (even in strollers or carriers) are allowed to attend any festival event.
While we love your furry friends, no pets are allowed at any CFF event. This does NOT include emotional support animals, therapy animals, or companion animals. Only service animals are permitted. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
All service animals must remain by the handler’s side at all times and must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
Anyone bringing a service animal will be responsible for and liable for any damage or injury the animal causes.
For more information, please refer to the U.S. Department of Justice.
If you are attending an in-restaurant CFF dinner and have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The chefs at these events will do their best to accommodate special dietary needs, but we emphasize this is only a request. All requests must be received two weeks prior to the festival to ensure there’s enough time to prepare.
While chefs provide a variety of food offerings at our events, all major tasting events are unable to accommodate special dietary needs or food allergies.
TICKETS AND EVENTS
Everything you need for a good time! Festival tickets are all-inclusive. Once you have purchased your tickets, there are no additional charges for food, drinks, or gratuity at any CFF event.
Upon purchase of a ticket(s), the purchaser will receive a confirmation email with the receipt for the purchase and the electronic ticket from our ticketing platform, Prekindle, within 15 minutes after the order is placed.
If you do not receive your tickets, please check your spam folder or email Tickets@prekindle.com
Most likely. There is a set capacity for each event and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot expand the capacity of any event to accommodate additional guests.
You will get a confirmation email upon purchase. From there, you can click the Your Tickets link and access print-at-home or mobile tickets, plus you can add them to your Apple Wallet.
Yes, you can enter any CFF event with a mobile ticket.
All tickets are non-refundable, and ticket sales are final.
No. Ticket sales are final and cannot be exchanged.
While some of our events are indoors, those that are outdoors will happen rain or shine! All tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets cannot be purchased at the door at any Chefs for Farmers event. Events do sell out quickly, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets early!
No, there is not a discount for people who do not drink alcohol. There will be a variety of non-alcoholic beverage offerings available at every official festival event.
There is no enforced dress code; however, we do ask you to dress in keeping with the nature of the event venue. Please check the weather and dress appropriately as some events may be outdoors.
No large bags or backpacks will be permitted at the events.
The following items are PROHIBITED.
- Firearms, explosives, and weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
- Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind
- Illegal and illicit substances of any kind; drugs or drug paraphernalia
- Chairs, blankets, and lawn umbrellas
- Noise making devices: air horns, drums, whistles
- Drones or any other remote flying device
- Pets (except service animals)
- Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.
Please be responsible. There are a number of transportation options if your ability to drive is impaired.
Safe Ride America (404) 888‐0887 *Safe Ride America is a nonprofit organization and will provide transportation for free if necessary.
Ride share services such as UBER, LYFT and Ride Alto provide on-demand sedan or SUV service.
Our local food industry needs your help. Try to buy and eat local whenever possible, to ensure more of your money goes to the farms and restaurants who need it most. As for incorporating more local food and produce into your home cooking, our Dallas Farmers Market, Good Local Markets, Bonton Farms, and Profound Foods are great places to start.
HOUSTON: Public transportation to Houston is available to and from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport/Houston Spaceport (EFD). We suggest picking the airport that is most convenient for you.
DALLAS: Our Dallas airports include Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW). Either of those are located about 30 minutes or less from most Chefs For Farmers event.