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Cold weather puts chill on arts festival's usually long lines

The Oklahoma City Arts Council's Festival of the Arts began on Tuesday. Cold weather kept crowds away, but the forecast looks balmy.
by Dave Cathey Modified: April 24, 2013 at 7:12 am •  Published: April 23, 2013

“We are ready to rock and roll,” Zambrano said.

Cajun King is featuring the dishes responsible for the north-side buffet extraordinary success: fried chicken, fried catfish amandine, and red beans and rice.

The big addition to the Culinary Arts portion of the festival is the Culinary Arts Demonstration Stage, located in a covered tent at the rear of Stage Center, just east of the pottery booth. Local chefs and one wannabe (yours truly) will demonstrate a variety of recipes and offer samples to those in the crowd. The 45-minute demos are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day of the festival. Iguana Mexican Grill was first to perform on the stage, handing out a delicious pork tenderloin and chimichurri dish with smoked green beans and roasted potatoes.

Despite the chilly start, the 46th incarnation should see crowds steadily increase as the forecast appears bright. According the National Weather Service, highs should jump to 58 today, 67 Thursday, 71 Friday, 75 Saturday and 80 on Sunday.