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Music City Food + Wine Festival Announces Friday Night Fun

Music City Food + Wine Festival Announces Friday Night Set from DJ Zane Lowe, Cooking Demos, Grand Taste Artisans & Interactive Culinary Experiences

Sixth Annual Festival Scheduled September 14-16, 2018

Music City Food + Wine is pleased to welcome DJ Zane Lowe to the Festival line-up, as well as announce the schedule of engaging Cooking Demos, over 80 artisans pouring and serving signature drinks and bites in the Grand Tasteand interactive culinary, beverage & lifestyle experiences Around the Park:

DJ Zane Lowe, the tastemaker, influencer, Creative Director and host of Apple Music'sBeats 1, is also the global release point for some of the biggest names in music, includingJustin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, Shawn Mendes, Adele, and more. Don't miss the chance to sing & dance along as DJ Zane Lowe takes over the turntables after Friday Night Throwdown, spinning beats from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

Cooking Demos:

On Saturday, September 15, festivalgoers have the opportunity to get up close and personal as chefs lead interactive and informative Cooking Demos. Join festival partnerJonathan Waxman (Barbuto, Jams, Adele's, Brezza Cucina) and award-winning author Ruth Reichl as they throw a Paella Party inspired by a trip they took to Spain in the 1980s. Learn a special family recipe from Aarón Sánchez (Johnny Sánchez) during Sopa de la Abuela.Find out the true meaning of Southern Comfort with chef, author & TV personality Carla Hall and master Easy & Real Chinese Food with world traveler Andrew Zimmern (TV personality, Andrew Zimmern's Canteen).

Grand Taste:

Music City Food + Wine Festival's Grand Taste offers a prime location for attendees to sip, savor, mix and mingle their way through a vast number of the country's top wine, spirits, lifestyle and culinary exhibitors. The Grand Taste showcases over 70 of the finest beverage, food and lifestyle artisans from Nashville and across the country. The Grand Taste will be open on Friday night, September 14, from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., and onSaturday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for sale for Friday night and Saturday day. The Grand Taste is also included in the sold-out All-In ticket option. Artisanal purveyors scheduled to participate include:

Culinary & Lifestyle: Barritt's Ginger Beer + Peg Leg Porker Bourbon; Bongo Java; Cayman Islands; Charleston Bloody Mary Mix; JW Marriott Cumberland Bar; Deacon's New South; Fever-Tree; Goo Goo Cluster; Hammer Stahl; Capitol Grille Hermitage Oak Bar; Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse; Kerrygold; Loews Hotels; Louie's Wine Dive; Lundberg Family Farms; Nashville Originals; Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company; Nelson's Green Brier Distillery; OAK Steakhouse; and Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Spirits: Casa Noble Tequila; Cathead Distillery & Cannonborough Beverage Company;Chattanooga Whiskey; Dixie Vodka; Four Roses; Heaven Hill Bourbon; Heaven's Door; Nine Banded Whiskey; Pickers Vodka; Red Eye Whiskey; Rock N Roll Tequila; Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer; Sugarlands Distilling Company; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Uncle Nearest 1856; and Treaty Oak Waterloo Gin.

Wines: Acumen Wines; Ammunition Wines; BNA Wine Group; Cakebread Cellars; City Winery; Elouan Wines; Château D'Esclans; Cuvaison Winery; Duckhorn Vineyards; Ferrari-Carano Vineyards; Four Cellars; Francis Ford Coppola Winery; Ironstone Winery; Joseph Carr Wines; Joto Sake; Klinker Brick Winery; Meiomi Coastal California Wines; Michael - David Winery; Oak Farm Vineyards; The Prisoner Wine Company; Château De Berne; Riboli Wines; Robert Mondavi Private Selection; Ruffino; Santa Margherita; The Withers Winery; Trinchero Family Estates; Van Ruiten Family Winery; Wölffer Estate; and Z. Alexander Brown.

Craft Beers: Blackberry Farm Brewery; Devils Backbone Brewing Company; Jackalope Brewing Company; Napa Smith Brewery; Wicked Weed Brewing; and Yee-Haw Brewing Company.

Around the Park:

The Festival grounds at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will come alive on Friday night and Saturday with a variety of culinary, beverage and lifestyle experiences Around the Park. Step out of the kitchen into a world of culinary exploration with Toyota! Get travel-ready with a personalized luggage tag, create a custom cutting board, sample refreshingaguas frescas and take home the perfect carry-on tote bag. Want to commemorate the experience? Stop by for a photo op, compliments of Toyota. Let's go places!

Experience Monkey Shoulder, the blended malt scotch whisky, as it brings the fun back to serious cocktails in a big way, with the The Monkey Mixer. The traditional cocktail shaker has been upgraded and transformed into the ultimate cocktail machine. The Monkey Mixer holds up to 2,400 gallons of liquid and resembles a cement truck, complete with rotating drum, or in this case, a cocktail shaker.

Stop by Smithfield to experience delicious samples from Smithfield and Nashville's Premiere catering company, Clean Plate Club! Savor tastes of a grilled ham, kale and cabbage salad with corn, bacon and scallion muffin and be sure to sample Smithfield's ownSouthern Smokehouse Special Bloody Mary featuring Tabasco, Tito's Vodka and Smithfield flavored bacon as a garnish.

Join Bell's Brewery and raise a glass to another amazing Music City Food + Wine Festival! Sample Two Hearted Ale, Amber Ale, Best Brown & Lager of the Lakes and see how each pairs with the festival's food offerings. Taste the balanced sweetness of Angry Orchard and learn about the cider makers who have been experimenting with apple varieties for 20 years, travelling the world to find the best fruit for cider and choosing specific varieties based on each cider's flavor profile.

Find out why Don Julio thinks "You're only as good as the company you keep and the tequila you drink." Meet friends at the Don Julio Cantina for a Paloma cocktail made with freshly squeezed grapefruit. Sip responsibly and salud! Revel in the detail and variety ofFranciscan Wines and experience the devotion to crafting carefully blended wines for fuller body, unmistakable character and better quality that is only surpassed by the attention to the intricate details of the finished product.

Go for bold with Gnarly Head Wines - rich, full-bodied character - paired with author and BBQ expert Steven Raichlen's Gnarly Grilled Jerky. Come meet Steven and see why Gnarly Head is the go-to grilling wine. Cheers to great friends and great beerwith Hap & Harry'sTennessee Beers and help them honor the friendship between Hap Motlow and Harry Lipman that got Jack Daniels back in production after the repeal of prohibition in Tennessee.

Join Hendrick's Gin for a most peculiar imbibing experience. Sip specialty cocktails garnished in the most inefficient way by the wondrous Hendrick's Grand Garnisher vehicle. Oddly infused with roses and cucumber, Hendrick's Gin is the perfect pairing to accompany favorite local bites throughout the weekend.

Bacardi Mixers welcomes attendees to find their party persona with three handcrafted cocktails at the Color Mixer booth: Peach Margarita, Channel Surfer or Strawberry Daiquiriand make Anytime, Partytime. Savor Gulf-to-table cuisine from award-winning chefs and be transported to the sugar-white sand and turquoise water of South Walton, Florida. Explore the 26 miles of beach, 16 distinct beach neighborhoods and the endless opportunities to find perfection. Speak to a South Walton vacation expert and pick up some beach goodies.

Experience the Italian way... the Ruffino way. Celebrate spontaneity and discover La Vita Ruffino, a saying that embodies the art of good living and a spirit that is distinctively Italian and emboldened by Ruffino Wines. Find out why for more than a century, RBC Wealth Management provided trusted advice and wealth management solutions to individuals, families and institutions. The global organization brings diverse expertise and deep knowledge to the sophisticated financial needs of clients around the world.

Tickets & More Information:

Music City Food + Wine Festival ticket options still available include Friday Night Ticket and Saturday Ticket and a limited number of Gospel Brunch Tickets. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. 

The Friday Night Ticket ($165 per person) includes single-day access to Friday, September 14 festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including the Official Drink of Nashville competition and the Friday Night Throwdown; Grand Taste, with more than 80 beer, wine, cocktail, and culinary tastings; access to Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends; and more.

The Saturday Ticket ($165 per person) includes single-day access to Saturday, September 15 festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including Grand Taste, with more than 80 beer, wine, cocktail, and culinary tastings; cooking demos; panel discussions; access to Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends; and more.

Gospel Brunch Ticket ($85 per person) will return to Walk of Fame Park on Sunday, September 16, featuring 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 Gayle Mayes.

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Music City Food + Wine is generously sponsored by: Nashville Convention + Visitors Bureau, Toyota and FOOD & WINE.

About Music City Food + Wine Festival:

Music City Food + Wine Festival is produced by GRAMMY-award winning artists (and Nashville residents) Kings of Leon, world-renowned chef Jonathan Waxman, Vector Management's Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn, and Austin-based C3 Presents - producer of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, and Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin's Zilker Park.

About FOOD & WINE:

FOOD & WINE is the ultimate authority on the best of what's new in food, drink, travel, design and entertaining. FOOD & WINE has an extensive social media following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Snapchat. FOOD & WINE includes a monthly magazine in print and digital; a website,; a books division; plus newsletters, clubs, events, dinnerware and cookware. FOOD & WINE is a registered trademark of Time Inc. Affluent Media Group.

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