Culinary arts find a place on Main St.

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Along with sculptors, painters and musicians, chefs also had the opportunity to show off their talents this weekend at the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival in downtown Fort Worth.
More than 20 food tents gave festival-goers a wide variety of choices. From classic corn dogs and funnel cakes to German and Thai options, the food was as unique as the artwork.
This year, the new North Food Court was added to give visitors a place to sit and eat with friends and family. Food tents were also scattered along Sixth and Seventh streets.
German Kettle Corn had a tent in both locations. They each sold around 1,000 bags of kettle corn each day.
“Saturday and Sunday, we get absolutely slammed,” said Woody Cash, vendor for German Kettle Corn. “We have to do a lot of prepping beforehand.”
Similarly, Doc’s Grill started the preparation process hours before they opened. Steve Alade, a chef for Doc’s Grill, said this festival was their biggest event behind the Texas State Fair.
“We probably go through about 700 pounds of meat,” Alade said. “Our specialty is grilled chicken on a stick. To make sure that we don’t keep customers waiting, we do a lot of the marinating before.”
Food booths in downtown Fort Worth at the Main St. Arts Festival on Friday, April 10.

Each tent advertised a specialty, ranging from turkey legs at Riscky’s Barbeque stand, to the roasted corn at The Original Corn Roast; from fried plantains at Taste of Cuba to frozen chocolate-covered cheesecake at Schakolad Chocolate Factory.
“Getting to serve our unique options is my favorite part of this fest,” Alade said. “It’s what keeps us coming back.”
Kelsey Ritchie is a volunteer reporter for The 109. Email her at kelsey.ritchie@tcu.edu.