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Music City Food + Wine Festival Announces More Chefs, Tastings, and Book Signings

Music City Food + Wine Festival Announces Additional Harvest Night Chefs, Panel Discussions, Tasting Sessions & Book Signing Schedule

Sixth Annual Festival Returns September 14-16, 2018

Music City Food + Wine Festival is pleased to announce the addition of acclaimed chefs Billy Durney (Hometown Bar-B-Que) and Matt Hyland & Graydon Atchley (EMMY Squared Nashville), as well as James Beard Foundation Award semi-finalists Ford Fry (Sea Wolf, Le Loup, Star Rover, Superica) and Matt McClure (The Hive at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville) to the Harvest Night line-up. Rounding out the festival programming are a dynamic line-up of intimate Panel Discussions and engaging Tasting Sessions, as well as the Book Signing schedule, for the sixth annual festival, September 14-16, 2018.

Panel Discussions:

Join culinary all-stars on Saturday, September 15 for intimate Panel Discussions that foster engaging and often hilarious conversations. Kick-off the day with moderatorCarla Hall (Chef, Author, TV Personality) and chefs Jeni Britton Bauer (Jeni's Ice Cream), Gerard Craft (Pastaria) and Billy Durney (Hometown Bar-B-Que) to discover the crucial dishes, essential drinks and dream guests that make-up their Ultimate Dinner Party. Don't miss the chance to learn about the culinary Must-Haves in the kitchen, in the pantry and beyond with chefs Matt Bolus (The 404 Kitchen), Rob Newton (Gray & Dudley)and Andy Little (Josephine), moderated by Tiffani Faison (Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama, Fool's Errand).

Moderator Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, Jams, Adele's Brezza Cucina) will be joined by chefs Jessica Benefield (Two Ten Jack, The Green Pheasant), Chris Shepherd(UB Preserv), Tandy Wilson (City House, Mop / Broom Mess Hall) for a spirited conversation about their Kitchen Highs & Lows. Listen in as Ruth Reichl (Author & TV Personality) uncovers answers to the Things You Always Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask with chefsPat Martin (Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint, Hugh Baby's), Deb Paquette (Etch Restaurant) and Aarón Sánchez (Johnny Sánchez).

Tasting Sessions:

Friday night, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 festival goers are encouraged to stop by the Tasting Sessions tent to experience interactive and hands-on sampling of spirits, wines, cocktails and more from the world's experts. Join The 404 Kitchen sommelier, Jenelle Engleson, to sip and savor four rosé variations during Where There's A Will, There's A Rosé. Take A Walk Through Heaven's Door with Ryan Perry, Heaven's Door whiskey developer,and taste three expressions from Tennessee's award-winning whiskey made in partnership with Bob Dylan.

Learn about Italy's wine regions and numerous grape varietals during Formaggio Forever - Pairing Italian Wines and Cheese. Whether taste buds run to festive bubblies, crisp whites or rich reds, there's a wine to fit every palate and every plate. Festivalgoers can enjoy four wines from Santa Margherita, each paired with a cheese from Nashville's local cheesemonger, The Bloomy Rind.

Find out how to Savor South Walton with chef Dan Vargo serving tastes of Gulf Blue Crab Cocktail with Walton County Greens and Tangerine paired with Inspiration Rosé from Provence Rosé Group.Join Phillip Dormont, Treaty Oak distiller & lead product developer, for Thoughts on Bourbon and Food featuring samples of signature whiskeys, including Red Handed Bourbon Whiskey, Ghost Hill Texas, Bourbon Whiskey, and Red Handed Rye Whiskey.

Book Signings:

For a chance to meet & greet with chefs and get their latest cookbook personalized and signed, festivalgoers are encouraging to swing by the Book Signing tent onSaturday September 15. The signing schedule can be found via

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 & 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 & 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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