Sweets are elevated to an art form at That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition. Bringing together expert bakers and sugar artists from across the state, the two-day event lets visitors stalk through an armada of colorful pastry masterpieces shaped like dragons, cheetahs, or cartoon characters. The competition breaks down its entrants into dozens of divisions and styles, all of which are judged according to creativity, theme, and artistry. A separate tasting competition includes entrants in the categories of angel-food cakes, moon pies, candies, and cookies.
Admirers of the sucrose arts can also learn at the feet of celebrity bakers by purchasing one of several group lessons in subjects such as cut relief, figure modeling, and how best to conceal a hacksaw inside a bundt cake.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
While some runners run for glory, self-discovery, or a personal best, participants in the Walking Dead Run 5k Adventure Race run for their lives. Guests surmount obstacles and duck and weave down dirt paths as they try to protect an affixed flag from two types of zombies: Stumblers and Chasers. The former ambles menacingly, and the latter sprints; both types sport grotesque makeup and drip fake blood as they hunt racers, trying to tear the flags from their flag-football belts. At the untimed race’s finish line, participants dust themselves off before a post-race party, complete with beer, food, and live music. Proceeds from the race go toward supporting the North Texas Food Bank.
Experienced executive chef L.J. Wiley carefully crafts the Pacific Coast cuisine at Yelapa Playa Mexicana using fresh, authentic ingredients. Chow down on tempura-battered fish tacos ($11.99), crab enchiladas ($14.99), or pineapple ceviche ($9.99) for lunch, or awaken salivary glands with seafood dinner options such as the grouper sangre de maya ($21.99) or the Mexican shrimp and grits ($20.99). Warm, burnt-sienna tables and chairs offset cool blue accents and cushion customers' protoplasms as they feast, and an outdoor patio satisfies fresh-air breathers when the weather’s happy.