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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Five Things We're Looking Forward to at Music City Food + Wine Festival This Weekend

Cooking Demonstrations:

On Friday night, September 20 and Saturday, September 21, festival goers have the opportunity to get up close and personal as chefs lead interactive and informative Cooking Demos. Before the Friday Night Throwdown, find out what happens when Down Home Meets Up Town with Tyler Florence (restaurateur, chef, TV host, author and media producer) and Martina McBride (Country music artist, TV Host, author). On Saturday, get a Guacamole Master Class with Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco, Leña Brava, Cruz Blanca, Frontera Cocina, Bar Sótano) and listen in as Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio) shares her beloved Family Recipes. Aaron Sanchez will demonstrate his take on Fish Tacos with Mojo while Scott Conant shares The Secret to Risotto.

Friday Night Throwdown

Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and City National Bank, each team will receive a charitable donation for competing in the Throwdown, with an additional amount awarded to the winning team. Chef Carla Hall will lead Team Preds, as defenseman Roman Josi and goalie Pekka Rinne compete on behalf of the Predators Foundation, which supports and builds philanthropic partnerships around Nashville: Chef Tim Love will lead Team Titans, with safety Kevin Byard and cornerback Logan Ryan competing in support of Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation, dedicated to aiding the animal community with financial and educational resources:

The two teams will go head-to-head, challenged to create the ultimate game-winning meal. Nashville’s own Emmy Award-winning personality and GIFFT Wines partner, Kathie Lee Gifford, will emcee the spirited culinary showdown, featuring a star-studded panel of guest judges. Come out and cheer on the hometown teams as they battle for the charities closest to their hearts and bragging rights in the kitchen.

Beverage, Food, and Lifestyle Offerings Around the Park

The food and lifestyle purveyors scheduled to participate include: 5Church Charlotte + Charleston; Cannon Bevco; Carrabba’s Italian Grill; Cayman Islands; Charleston Mix; City Winery; Deacon's New South; Ellington's Mid Way Bar & Grill; Goo Goo Clusters; Hammer Stahl; Kerrygold; O-Ku; Olive + Sinclair; Nueske’s; Red Clay Hot Sauce; and True Food Kitchen.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample numerous wines, spirits and beers from across the globe, including: 3 Badge Enology Cedar + Salmon; Blue Chair Bay Rum; Cakebread Cellars; City Winery; Chattanooga Whiskey; Delicato Family Vineyards; Dewar's; Elouan Wines; Erath; Ferrari-Carano; Fess Parker Winery; Fling Craft Cocktails; Flor de Caña Rum; Four Roses Bourbon; Francis Ford Coppola Winery; GIFFT Wines; Heavens Hill Elijah Craig Bourbon; Hi-Wire Brewing; Hudson Baby Bourbon; Ironstone Vineyards; JNSQ; JUSTIN Winery; Klinker Brick Winery; Landmark Vineyards; Michael David Winery; Mike's Hard Lemonade; Oak Farm Vineyards; Oak Ridge Winery; Old Dominick Distillery; Palm Bay Mon Frère Wines; Provence Rosè; Sequoia Grove Winery; Sugarlands Distilling Company; Thomas Allen Wine; Three Finger Jack; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Treasury

Book Signings

Friday, Sept. 20

7:00 – 7:30pm | Carla Hall

7:45 – 8:15pm | Mark Oldman

8:15 – 8:45pm | Martina McBride & Tyler Florence

Saturday, Sept. 21

11:45am – 12:15pm | Matt Hyland

12:45 – 1:15pm | Rick Bayless

1:45 – 2:15pm | Scott Conant

2:30 – 3:00pm | Jonathan Waxman

3:00 – 3:30pm | Aarón Sánchez

The Music

Harvest Night will feature Chicago Plays The Stones

Chicago guitar-slinger and vocalist, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Chicago harmonica master and vocalist Billy Branch, among today’s foremost inheritors of the Chicago blues tradition and keepers of the flame, unite live on-stage to give the songs of the Rolling Stones a remarkable rebirth. Brooks and Branch strip those rock songs down to their Chicago blues essence and bring the songs of Jagger-Richards back to their spiritual home and their point of origin. There is no more seminal association in the history of rock and pop music than those ties that bind Chicago’s electric blues with the Rolling Stones.

Gospel Brunch will feature Cedric Sesley & Out For Souls

Cedric Sesley and Out For Souls is a Nashville-based community choir birthed out of a love for, not only Gospel music, but a deep love and calling to minister to the lost and hurting. OFS was formed in 2006 and is comprised of a group of gifted and talented music ministers with one vision-that of souls. Only after a year and a half of ministering together, OFS had already impacted thousands of souls through non-traditional means. OFS has remained true to their call while participating in the 2007 Soul Fest, providing for needy families at Christmas, serving food and ministering to the homeless for the Nashville-based, Bridge Ministries. The choir has shared the stage with such artist as CeCe Winans, Donald Lawrence, Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin, Brooks& Dunn, Rascal Flatts, and Trace Adkins to name a few and were special guests at the premiere for the movie “August Rush”. This family of singers has built a solid foundation through their diligent time in prayer and solidifying their love relationship with God first, and then, with one another.

Plus DJ Case Bloom will be rocking during the Friday evening and Saturday grand tastes!

Tickets & More Information:

Music City Food + Wine Festival ticket options include an All-In Ticket, as well as Friday Evening Ticket, Saturday Ticket, Harvest Night Ticket, and Gospel Brunch Ticket. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.  Ticket prices are inclusive of all food and drink. 

The All-In Ticket ($525 per person) enables guests to experience the full weekend of Music City Food + Wine Festival programming, including Friday and Saturday festival access; the Friday Night Throwdown; interactive cooking demos & book signings; hands-on beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions; tastes from Nashville’s best chefs & restaurants; access to Saturday's Harvest Night and Sunday’s Gospel Brunch. 

The Friday Evening Ticket ($165 per person) includes single-day access to Friday, September 20 Festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including interactive cooking demos & book signings; Friday Night Throwdown; hands-on beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions; tastes from Nashville’s best chefs & restaurants; and more.  

The Saturday Ticket ($165 per person) includes single-day access to Saturday, September 21 festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including interactive cooking demos & book signings; hands-on beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions; tastes from Nashville’s best chefs & restaurants; and more. 

Harvest Night Ticket ($275 per person) is available as a stand-alone ticket option for Saturday evening, September 21.  Harvest Night brings together signature dishes from world-renowned chefs from Nashville and across the country with a live musical performance from Chicago Plays the Stones, two generations of Chicago Blues stars paying homage to The Rolling Stones, whose own sound was inspired by the great bluesmen of all time.

Gospel Brunch ($85 per person) is available as a stand-alone ticket for Sunday, September 22, at Walk of Fame Park. Gospel Brunch features a dynamic roster of restaurants and chefs serving creative brunch favorites. Get a jump-start on the day with eye-opening cocktails, wine, coffee, and a spirited live gospel brunch performance from Cedric Sesley & Out For Sous. 

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About Music City Food + Wine Festival:

Music City Food + Wine Festival is produced by founding partners Vector Management, GRAMMY-award winning artists Kings of Leon, world-renowned chef Jonathan Waxman and Austin-based C3 Presents — producer of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, and Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin's Zilker Park.  

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