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JANUARY


Norman Firehouse Art Center Chocolate Festival


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Forget your new year’s weight-loss res- olution for a day of chocolate indul- gence at the Norman Firehouse Art Center Chocolate Festival. A chocolate fountain, truffles, chocolate amaretto cream cake, frozen yogurt and chocolate wine are a few of the sweet treats made by Norman-area businesses. Participants purchase a ticket that allows them to try samples and vote for their favorites. The family-friendly event also offers free art activities like painting and foil sculpting. “People come out with their whole families. For kids it can be hard to wait in line,” says Emily Smart, director of creative development for the art center. “It’s exciting to engage them and tie art back into the festival.” The 34th annual Chocolate Festival will take place Jan. 30, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marriot Conference Center, 2801 East State Highway 9, in Norman. The chocolate festival is the Art Center’s only annual fundraiser.


Photo courtesy of the Norman Firehouse Art Center


More than 60 years ago, a Manitou,


Okla., man went on a fi shing trip to the Texas coast. When he returned to Oklahoma he brought a bag of fresh oys- ters with him. He fried them and served them to the Manitou school board. They loved them so much an annual tradition was born, and it grew into a community event. In the 1980s the oyster fry outgrew the town of Manitou and moved south to Frederick, Okla. Today it takes more than 100 volun- teers to feed the crowd that gathers for the Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry. But one thing has remained the same over the years—the oysters come fresh from the Texas coast. “They go down the night before and


pick them up. The next morning they clean and bread them,” says Haley Hoover, executive director of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce and a Southwest Rural Electric Association member. “They fry them and serve them that afternoon.” The 2016 oyster fry will take place Feb. 20 at the Prather Brown Center in Frederick. A craft show and a number of family-friendly community attractions are also open the day of the festival.


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MARCH


Red Brick Road Food Truck Festival


A new event on the Oklahoma food scene is the Red Brick Road Food Truck Festival in Enid. The first-ever food truck festival took place in 2015 on the city’s last historic brick street. In addi- tion to a variety of food truck fare—ev- erything from Cajun to soul food—the festival offered participants a chance to listen to live music and enjoy local art. More than 3,000 people attended the festival. “We expected the turn out to be good, It shows us people are craving some- thing new and different,” Tammy Wilson, owner of Enid Event Company says. “People of every ethnicity, eco- nomic status and background came out. Food really brings people together.” The second annual food truck festival is planned for March 2016. Wilson wel- comes food truck owners from across Oklahoma to join in the festivities.


FEBRUARY Frederick Fantastic Oyster Fry Photo courtesy of Mike Klemme 3 2


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