Sunday, June 4, 2023

Southlake Spring Festival 2023 Returns for 2nd Annual Celebration

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the 2nd annual Southlake Spring Festival in Southlake Town Square on January 21! 

The Southlake community is hosting its 2nd annual Southlake Spring Festival on Saturday, January 21, 2023! The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Southlake Town Square, located near 1400 E. Southlake Boulevard, Southlake, TX 76092. Join the festivities on Lunar New Year’s Eve for an afternoon of delicious food, cultural performances, and family-friendly activities showcasing the unique cultures of China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and Taiwan.

The name Spring Festival, the celebration for the start of the new lunar year in many East Asian countries, is rooted in the lunisolar calendar. In traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars, used primarily for agricultural purposes, a year is divided into 24 solar terms (see the calendar to the right). The first solar term of a lunar year is called the ‘Start of Spring,’ signifying an increase in sunlight for the northern hemisphere of the Earth and the beginning of warmer temperatures. After celebrating the Spring Festival, a new cycle of agricultural activities begins.  Graphic displaying lunisolar calendar.

January 21 is Lunar New Year’s Eve, and Southlake Spring Festival has so much in store to celebrate. There will be several photo opportunities to help make every moment memorable, and lots to do! Activities include learning how to write one’s name in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese, learning about a traditional tea ceremony, watching cultural performances on the stage, participating in the dragon parade, taking a photo with the lion mascot, and engaging in a variety of artistic crafts!

At Southlake Spring Festival, you can learn much more about lunar/solar New Year activities in many East Asian cultures! For more information about the event, visit the “Southlake Spring Festival” on Facebook.


Savor Southlake: Distinctively Delicious Dining Options

Hungry for unique eats? From Brazilian-style pizzas to Japanese sushi and Texas barbeque, Southlake has a variety of distinctive dining options to satisfy any appetite. Savor one-of-a-kind flavors from across the country and around the world in Southlake.

For a unique pizza experience outside of the [cardboard] box and with roots tracing to South America, head to Delucca Gaucho Pizza at 2001 W Southlake Boulevard, Suite 103. Inspired by Italian immigrants’ influence on Brazilian gauchos (who serve bountiful selections of meats in popular churrascaria steakhouses), this pizzeria similarly offers a seemingly endless variety of pizzas to try. With a fixed price and no menu, guests are seated, welcomed with a charcuterie and antipasto platter, served lobster bisque, and then select options from the roaming pizza servers who come to each table with numerous handcrafted pizzas—like Sopressata Salami & Candied Bacon and Brazilian Hearts of Palm, to name a few. Complete your meal with a glass of wine and save room for gourmet dessert pizzas.

Pizza is also on the menu at Armend’s, which serves authentic Italian cuisine in a casual, family-friendly environment (which is also BYOB). Family-owned and operated, Armend’s is one of the first restaurants in Southlake, having originally opened in 1994 in a different location from its current spot at 2315 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 101. Find traditional Italian appetizers, salads, soups, hot subs, chicken, veal and seafood entrees, and homemade pastas like Eggplant Parmigiana and Penne Alla Vodka. Italian cuisine could not be fresher, as all items are cooked to order and are made with carefully sourced ingredients.

For flavors from the coast, visit Shuck Me at 585 Randol Mill Avenue. Find oysters, shrimp and fish on the menu prepared in various ways—fried, grilled, in chowders, jambalaya and salads, on Po-Boys and in fish tacos, with plenty of starters, sides and drinks (including beer on tap, margaritas and sangria). Don’t overlook the popular Whole Fried Red Snapper with optional spicy garlic butter sauce and served with beans and rice. For those who would rather turf than surf, Shuck Me also offers chicken and burger options, and has items for The Minnows (kids).

Also specializing in fish, Sushi Sam serves authentic Japanese cuisine and was the first restaurant to bring sushi to Southlake back in 1998. The family-owned and operated restaurant sources the finest ingredients. Sushi rolls are made with fresh, high quality fish and the sake and beer are ordered straight from Japan. With beautifully styled and colorful presentations, eat with your eyes before savoring a bento box at lunch or a traditional Japanese entrée at dinner—Beef Teriyaki or Chicken Katsu—or sample the various rice bowls, specialty noodles and of course, sushi. End on a sweet note with fried bananas or mango rice. Sushi Sam is located at 500 W Southlake Boulevard, Suite 138.

No need to head south of the border for “real Chicano flavor,” just head to Frezko Taco Spot at 3105 E. Southlake Boulevard. The restaurant keeps the options simple, offering only burritos, tacos, quesadillas and salads, but keeps customers coming back by using flavorful family recipes, fresh, never frozen ingredients and locally-sourced meats. Cool off from the spicy flavors with house-made agua frescas and save room for tres leches cake. Frezko was voted as One of the Top 10 Taco Shops in DFW by Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Craving Southern flavors? Wildwood American Grill puts a contemporary spin on wood-fired grill favorites—steaks, seafood, burgers and more, all with a regional flare. Try customer favorites like Dragon Dip, a tribute to Southlake Carroll Dragons (mustard seed-infused cheddar beer dip with toasted pretzel bread), or the Ribeye Steak with Texas whiskey butter, Sweet Tea Rotisserie Chicken, or the Texas BBQ Burger. Don’t miss the Cheese-Infused Poblano Grits as a side. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list, and carries specialized liquors and craft beers. Wildwood is located at 2700 E. Southlake Boulevard.

Nothing satisfies a Texas-sized appetite quite like smoked meats and Feedstore BBQ has perfected their craft. Located at 530 S. White Chapel Boulevard, the restaurant is the oldest retail establishment in town and has been selling barbeque since 2001 (after originally operating as a feed store in 1950’s). In addition to traditional barbeque favorites, such as brisket, pork, chicken, turkey, ham and sausage, customers also keep coming back for the catfish, big bowl salads and homemade desserts. With as many awards and accolades as menu items, it’s no wonder that Feedstore BBQ has become a dining staple in Southlake.

Getting hungry yet? Come savor Southlake. We promise to save you a seat at one of our favorite tables.