Save The Date: Music City Food and Wine Festival September 15-17, 2017

Calling all food connoisseurs, music lovers and imbibing enthusiasts! The fifth annual Music City Food and Wine Festival returns to Nashville on September 15-17. In an effort to keep up with the ever evolving culinary scene in the Music City, the festival producers have decided to spice things up a bit. Highlighting more of our local chefs and restaurateurs, festival programming has been expanded to include a Friday Night Grand Taste Pavilion and Harvest Night will be bigger than ever. I can't help but get excited after reading the lineup. In addition to the highly sought after Pappy Hour, festival goers will have the opportunity to attend a Sunday Gospel Brunch. After all, it wouldn't be a food and wine festival in Nashville without some good ole' gospel music!

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Festival-goers can expect to meet some of Music City's finest culinary talent while sampling dishes from a diverse line-up of restaurants at the Chef's Showcase

Throughout the weekend, attendees have the opportunity to get up close and personal with various chefs as they lead interactive demonstrations and seminars on various cooking topics. If you want to stick around, several of them will be participating in book signings, too.  

One my of my favorite pitmasters, Pat Martin, will return with an all-star line up of chefs and pitmasters from across the country. They will be doing things with a grill that will blow your mind!  

Even though I love all of the events during the Music City Food and Wine Festival, my favorite is Harvest Night

"On Saturday, September 16, Walk of Fame Park will be home to Harvest Night, which will feature more chefs than ever before, with a musical tribute from award-winning steel pedal guitarist Robert Randolph who will bring the Funk to downtown Nashville.  Festival-goers can enjoy signature dishes from nearly 20 of Nashville and the country's most acclaimed chefs.  Food will be served from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., with Robert Randolph's live performance from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.  Harvest Night chefs are scheduled to include: Hugh Acheson (Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South, The Florence, Spiller Park); Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven, Juicy – O); Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig); John Besh (Marsh House, L.A. Jackson, Killebrew); Matt Bolus (The 404 Kitchen); Sean Brock (McCrady's, McCrady's Tavern, Husk, Minero); Maneet Chauhan (Chauhan Ale & Masala House); Drew Curren (Elm Restaurant Group); Cassidee Dabney (The Barn at Blackberry Farm); Susan Feniger (Border Grill); Joseph Lenn (J.C. Holdway); Tim Love (Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie's Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon); Marcus Samuelsson (Marcus Samuelsson Group); Alon Shaya (Domenica, Pizza Domenica, Shaya); Jonathan Waxman (Adele's, Bajo Sexto, Barbuto, Brezza Cucina, Jams, Waxman's SF); Tandy Wilson (City House) and Andrew Zimmern (Andrew Zimmern's Canteen)." Seriously can you imagine what kind of party this will turn into?? It's always one of my most favorite events of the festival. 

If you are lucky enough to secure the "golden ticket," Music City Food and Wine Festival will be hosting Pappy Hour at the Grand Taste Pavilion on Saturday, September 16. Bourbon enthusiasts will be led through a tasting by none other than Preston Van Winkle of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. More information on how to attend this event will be available later this summer. 

Tickets are on sale May 10 and you can click here to purchase. My recommendation?  Secure an all access pass, you can thank me later! 

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Until Next Time!