Oklahoma City's Festival of the Arts opens on mild, sun-splashed day

Visitors take in the art and check out the food at the annual arts fest in downtown Oklahoma City.
by Dave Cathey Published: April 22, 2014


photo - Beverly Gatlin looks at photos taken by Centennial, Colorado photographer S. Brian Berkun during the 2014 Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City, Tuesday April 22, 2014. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Beverly Gatlin looks at photos taken by Centennial, Colorado photographer S. Brian Berkun during the 2014 Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City, Tuesday April 22, 2014. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

“We are trying to emphasize ‘grill’ more than ‘saloon,’” Painter said. “But we offer plenty to drink. And Guthrie is only 26 minutes away.”

The Blue Belle booth at the Festival of the Arts joins more than 25 other vendors providing about 30 food booths around the grounds. Other new entries include Mandy’s Filipino Food and Polynesian Taste, which is offering barbecue chicken, the noodle dish pancit, potato salad, rice and Filipino egg rolls called lumpia.

Back are favorites such as Craig and Carter’s Famous Fish Tacos, Cafe Do Brasil, Interurban, and Inca Trail and its dazzling ceviche.

The National Weather Service forecast for Oklahoma City looks milder than usual for the festival. A 40 percent chance of thunderstorms is forecast Wednesday night, with a slight chance of a storm on Thursday and clear skies and sunshine projected Friday. Storm chances return Saturday and Sunday.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Pets are not allowed.


by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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PARKING

The Midtown Renaissance lots just south of Reno between Walker and Harvey are an easy walk to the festival. Paid parking is available in lots and garages throughout downtown, plus there is limited street parking around the perimeter of the event. For a map of available parking lots, go to www.parkingokc.com.

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