Music City Food + Wine Festival offers chef encounters, samples, spirits


Music City Food + Wine Festival offers chef encounters, samples, spirits

By DONNA VISSMAN

More than 85 wine, spirits, beer and artisanal purveyors will offer samples of food and drinks Sept 17-18 at the Music City Food + Wine Festival in Nashville.

The festival features more than 40 of the best local chefs who will serve festival attendees their signature dishes in the previously announced Chef Showcase. The chefs also will lead interactive and informative cooking demonstrations in the KitchenAid kitchen. On Saturday, Sept. 17,  Chef Tim Love (Lonesome Dove, Woodshed Smoke House, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon, Queenie’s Steakhouse) teaches festivalgoers how to prep and grill the perfect steak. Chefs Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, La Brea Bakery) and festival partner Jonathan Waxman (Adele’s, Bajo Sexto Taco, Barbuto, Brezza Cucina, Jams, Waxman’s San Francisco) will each make the same dishes – His Way & Her Way.

Chef Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Trois Familia) will teach the French art of cooking shellfish three ways in Ménage à Trois of Mussels. Join Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World) as he shares some go-to recipes gathered from trips around the globe.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, Chef Vivian Howard (Chef & The Farmer, The Boiler Room) will demo how to make a Southern staple, Hoppin’ John Catfish, while Chef Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) will throw a Summer Pasta Party. During I’m All Ears, learn how to prep and cook one of Chef Aarón Sánchez’s (Johnny Sánchez, Chopped, Taco Trip) favorite off-cuts, but Don’t Call My Ribs Short with Chef Michael Symon (Lola Bistro, Lolita, B Spot Burgers, Roast, Bar Symon, Mabel’s BBQ).

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Pop-Up will offer a taste of this family-owned restaurant’s signature spicy style. The Sahale Snacks® Flavor Experience will provide an interactive adventure that appeals to all of the senses – sight, touch, taste, sound and smell.

Scheduled Grand Tasting purveyors throughout the weekend include:

Culinary & Lifestyle: Acqua Panna; The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville; Barritt’s Ginger Beer; Bongo Java; Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; Charleston Mix Bloody Mary; City Winery; DelGrosso Foods; Eighth and Roast; FATBACK; Firepot Nomadic Teas; FLIP Burger Boutique; Goo Goo Cluster; Green BEAN Delivery; Hammer Stahl; The Holland House Bar & Refuge; Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q; Kerrygold USA; KRAVE JERKY; Nashville Originals; Owl’s Brew; Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.; T Lish; Watermark Restaurant; and Whole Foods Market.

On Sunday, there will be an intimate tasting of bourbons from the Van Winkle family’s portfolio. This is accessible to All-In and Sunday ticket holders only, and attendees will be selected at random from a pre-registered list to experience this limited-seating tasting. All-In and Sunday ticket holders will be sent a link on Thursday, Sept. 8, with further details on how they can register to be selected at random.

In order to receive further details for access to the Pappy Hour tasting, All-In and Sunday tickets must be purchased by midnight CT on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. On Thursday, Sept. 8, All-In and Sunday ticket holders will receive an email from the Festival with detailed instructions on how to register for a chance to be randomly selected for the tasting.

Tickets & More Information:
Music City Food + Wine Festival ticket options include an All-In Ticket, as well as Saturday Day Ticket, Sunday Day Ticket and Harvest Night Ticket. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

The All-In Ticket ($500 per person) enables guests to experience the full weekend of Music City Food + Wine Festival, including access to cooking demonstrations, wine, beer & spirits tastings, intimate panel discussions, Saturday & Sunday’s Grand Taste tents, as well as Saturday’s Harvest Night.

The Saturday Day Ticket ($150 per person) includes single-day access to Saturday, Sept. 17 festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including cooking demonstrations, wine, beer & spirits tastings, intimate panel discussions, Chef Showcase and Tasting Sessions, book signings and Saturday’s Grand Taste tents.

The Sunday Day Ticket ($150 per person) includes single-day access to Sunday, Sept. 18 festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including cooking demonstrations, wine, beer & spirits tastings, intimate panel discussions, Chef Showcase and Tasting Sessions, book signings and Sunday’s Grand Taste tents.

Harvest Night ($275 per person) tickets are also available as a stand-alone ticket option. Hosted at the Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville, Harvest Night will offer guests the opportunity to sample signature dishes from over 15 of the nation’s most decorated chefs, paired with live music, curated by Kings of Leon.

For more information, please visit Music City Wine + Food Festival website. 

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