sun-451441_1280So, the joke goes something like this:

Angel: [peeks inside God’s fiery oven] What are you cooking?

God: Texas. Why?

Ba-dump-bump…..

It’s hot out there folks. But we can do this. We are tough Texans. We have Lone Star survival skills.  We know how to cool off when the going gets sweaty.

So, as the coming weekend bids adios to July and Hello to August, here are a few ways McKinney Foodies can beat the heat Texas style:

Exercise EarlyThe Melon Dash 5K and Fun Run begins at 7:45 a.m. This fun summer race takes run-187758_1280participants and fans through shady historic district streets, beginning and ending at McKinney’s Historic Chestnut Square Farmers Market. Cool towels, cool refreshments, cool live music, food and beer await participants at the finish line. Click here to learn more about how to register, volunteer, or lend your monetary support to this year’s beneficiary, The North Texas Cat Rescue.

watermelon-846357_1280Watermelon. Ice Cold Watermelon – Enjoy this and many other refreshing summer treats as found at the Historic McKinney Farmer’s Market located at Chestnut Square. Local produce, organic meat, dairy and honey are but a few offerings one will find. The wonderful blend of farmers, vendors, artists, and neighbors make this THE place to be each Saturday summer morning. Opened 8 a.m. until noon, this farmer’s market is located at the corner of Anthony and McDonald street, just south of McKinney’s downtown square. Be sure to check out McKinneyFoodie.com’s Farmer’s Market photo gallery and Lorie Fangio’s Sweet Watermelon Feta Salad while you are here.

Go Back Inside. Listen To Beautiful Music – For your listening pleasure, McKinney’s Arts and Music ArtsAndMusicGuildGuild brings us fabulous Free Summer Concerts. Starring the faculty and students from the 2015 Summer Music Intensives, concerts begin Thursday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Youth Center Auditorium located at 102 W. Lamar St..

On Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m., enjoy the Faculty Chamber Music Recital, “The Art of Listening,” with Florence Wang, Violin 1, Jason Lim, Violin 2, Sabrina Mackenzie, Viola, and Carol Harlos, Cello. This concert will be held at Church Street Auditorium located at 306 N. Church St.

guitar-806256_1280On Saturday, August 1 at 6 p.m. attend the World Music Concert with faculty and students. Hear the Blend-Jerry Rizzi, the Bluegrass and Old Time Ensemble with Gerald Jones, the Jazz Ensemble featuring Jason Davis and Williams Foley, and the Chamber Music Orchestra/Guitar concert featuring Florence Wang, Tammy Meinershagen, Sabrina Mackenzie, Carol Harlos, and John Wynn. This concert will take place at The Church Street Auditorium.

Visit Your Favorite Brewery or Winery – Whether you’re into ice cold beer or wine, there is a place tobeer-203855_1280 quench your thirst this weekend.

Tupp’s Brewery has all manner of fun ways to beat the heat from fun weeknight crafts and craft events, to Saturday tours complete with live music and food trucks. Located in southeast McKinney at the Historic Cotton Mill, you can find Tupp’s at 721 Anderson St.

Franconia Brewing tours happen each Saturday at 11 a.m. Located in northeast McKinney at 495 McKinney Parkway, click here for more information on this enjoyable experience.

wineglass-553467_1280If you are more into wine, we suggest a short road trip north to Mitas Hill. You won’t be sorry. This place is beautiful. Also, this winery is now home to one of our all time favorite eateries, now known as Gregory’s Bistro At Mitas Hill.  Just writing this makes me want to stop writing, pick up the phone and make a reservation! Check out the Mitas Hill Calendar to find all manner of foodie fun, from wine bar hours, to live music, to delicious French cuisine. Mitas Hill is located just north of McKinney proper toward Melissa at 2300 Vineyard Hill Lane.  If you get there before McKinney Foodie does, tell Chef Gregory and Lydia hello.

For even more great ways to have fun this weekend, be sure to check in with our friends at McKinney Convention and Visitors BureauThe McKinney Performing Arts Center, and at the City of McKinney Parks and Recreation.