Main Street Days experience

I headed out to Main Street Days this afternoon to check out the action.  It was a beautiful day to be out and about in downtown Grapevine and so my decision to take the day off work to enjoy it turned out to be a good one.  I usually really like to go to the Grapevine community festivals on the first day, as the crowds are a lot more manageable.  Today was no exception.  I got there around noon, found plenty of parking available, and headed for the front gates.

All the shops and restaurants along Main Street were open and welcoming.  Shortly after going through the gates, I found a coupon booth and immediately after, a wine tent.  I always like to take the opportunity to taste new wines at these events and so I got a glass of Voigner to sip as I walked up the street to see what vendors were there.

There were plenty of things like jewelry, clothes (I like the fun T-shirts and tanks with bling), wood-carved signs, paintings (including some artwork from Leanne Laine in the Cork It! booth), photos, and much more.  I found myself lured into a jewelry tent and came out with a new toe ring:

At last, towards the north end of Main Street, I came upon the “Pizza Piazza,” with several local restaurants showcasing their best pizza.  I deliberately went around lunch time so I would have room to sample a few things.  First, I tried the Farina’s booth.  I have eaten at Farina’s many times and really like their food, but had yet to try their pizza.  I have to say, it was a winner.  They were making the pizzas fresh (I have to wonder about the logistics of that when it gets crowded in the evening) and so it was really tasty.  I had a hard time deciding but ended up going with the spinach and feta:

I’ll definitely be trying more of Farina’s pizza, perhaps on my very next visit.

After that, it was on to more pizza.  Obviously you can’t taste everything but I wanted to have a couple at least to compare.  I considered the Palio’s booth but it seemed really crowded and I didn’t feel like standing in line, so I went down a few steps to my old favorite, Amore’s.  I have had their pizza many times so this was nothing new, but it was just as tasty as always.  There’s just something about their crust.  You can tell it is freshly made.  I will say that the Amore’s booth seemed a tad disorganized; the guy was very polite and apologetic about their having run out of 2-3 kinds of pizza, and said since this was the first “Pizza Experience” at Main Street Days, no one knew quite what to expect.  I guess that’s true, but some of the other vendors seemed a little better prepared.   I was a little disappointed as I wanted to try the “Al’s” pizza which was mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, bacon, and sausage.  It was all gone, so I settled for a slice of pepperoni, and it was as delicious as always.

I was also fond of their centerpieces, which were in keeping with the pizza/Italian theme (not to mention the theme of Grapevine itself!)

At that point I was getting a little full and ready to move on, so I walked down the other side of the street and took in the rest of the vendors.  Many were similar to the ones we see at Grapefest; in fact I think some vendors probably patronize the Grapevine festivals at every opportunity.  And why wouldn’t they – talk about a crowd of customers!

Towards the end of the street I got another glass of wine, this one in a souvenir glass.  It was Landon unoaked chardonnay and I would recommend this one too although I didn’t like it quite as well as the Voigner:

All in all, a really fun experience.  Since I went so early, I didn’t get to see any of the live bands, which I enjoy at these types of events, so I will need to go back before the weekend is out to fully take advantage.

Main Street Days is going on today until 11:30 p.m., tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Admission is $7 for adults (or free if you get there before 5 p.m.; not too likely I guess since it is already 4:15).  Go pay them a visit, and report back in the comments what you thought!

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