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Music City Food + Wine's "Friday Night Throwdown" Announces Celebrity Sous Chefs

Preds' P.K. Subban & Roman Josi and Titans' Taylor Lewan & Marcus Mariota Join Music City Food + Wine's "Friday Night Throwdown" as Celebrity Sous Chefs

Sixth Annual Festival Also Introduces All-Star Roster of "Official Drink of Nashville" Competitors to Round Out Friday Evening's Programming at Bicentennial Capitol State Mall Park

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Music City Food + Wine is pleased to welcome Nashville Predators'  P.K. Subban and Roman Josi as well as Tennessee Titans'  Taylor Lewanand Marcus Mariota as celebrity sous chefs at the Friday Night Throwdown as well as an all-star roster of Official Drink of Nashville competitors to round out the festival programming:

Friday Night Throwdown

Experience the ultimate culinary face-off as star chefs Anne Burrell and Tim Love go head-to-head in a spirited cooking demo, each captaining a team featuring celebrity sous chefs from the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans and emceed by Jessie James Decker.

Burrell and the Preds' Subban and Josi will battle Love and the Titans' Lewan and Mariota as each team is challenged to create the ultimate meal from a surprise ingredient box. Come out and cheer on the hometown teams as they battle for bragging rights in the kitchen - and on the Festival's playing field.

"I am just soooo SUPER excited for the Music City Food + Wine Festival," says Anne Burrell.

"I can't wait for the Throwdown, where I will compete against my good buddy Tim Love with the help of my talented teammates P.K. and Roman from the Preds!"

"I don't know if Josi and I will win the cook off, but we should definitely get first place simply for good looks," says P.K. Subban.

"I have never been a passionate cook, but I am passionate about winning," says Taylor Lewan. "With a teammate like Marcus, I like to think P.K. and Josi don't have a chance."

"I am so looking forward to facing Anne Burrell in what will surely be an amazing Throwdown!" says Tim Love. "With Taylor and Marcus on my side, we will be tough to beat."

Official Drink of Nashville

Join the city's top bartenders and mixologists as they compete to create the Official Drink of Nashville. The competition will celebrate the spirit of Nashville and shine a spotlight on Music City's talented bartending community as the city's top teams mix, shake and measure to create this year's essential Nashville cocktail, as voted by Festival attendees. The Official Drink of Nashville participants will compete within the Grand Taste on Friday night, September 14, and include: Joshua Doolan (Rosemary & Beauty Queen); Gabriel Fuenmayor (Bar Sovereign); Sally Gatza (LA Jackson); J.A. Harrison (Noelle); Akinde Olagundoye (Skull's Rainbow Room); Jacob Strawn (Gertie's Bar); Christopher Weber (Hemingway's Bar & Hideaway); and Jenny Woods (Gray & Dudley).

"I couldn't be more excited to compete in the Official Drink of Nashville," says Jacob Strawn, Gertie's Bar lead bartender. "I'm thrilled to showcase one of Gertie's new cocktails and hang out with some of the most talented bar staff and friends in the city. It will be an amazing night!"

Tickets & More Information:

Music City Food + Wine Festival ticket options include Friday Evening Ticket and Saturday Ticket. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. 

The Friday Evening 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 more than 80 beer, wine, cocktail, and culinary tastings; and access to Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends.

The Saturday Ticket ($165 per person) includes single-day access to Saturday, September 15festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including the Grand Taste cooking.

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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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