Music City Food + Wine Festival Announces Panel Discussions and Tasting Sessions
Fifth Annual Festival Offers Intimate Conversations Among Industry Stars &
Expert-Led Interactive Wine & Spirits Tasting Sessions
on Friday night & Saturday, Sept 15 & 16, 2017
Nashville, TN (July 13, 2017) – Music City Food + Wine Festival is pleased to announce the Panel Tent discussions and Tasting Sessions line-up for the fifth annual festival, September 15-17, 2017: http://www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com. The intimate Panels will foster engaging and funny conversations about what inspires some of the biggest stars in the industry, while Tasting Sessions will provide an interactive, thirst-quenching festival experience for all attendees.
Panel Discussions: On Friday night, September 15, join moderator Alon Shaya (Domenica, Pizza Domenica, Shaya); to discover what ingredients, culinary tools and other necessities chefs Lisa Donovan (Pastry Chef/Writer), Levon Wallace (Gray & Dudley) and Jason Zygmont (The Treehouse) would bring if stranded on a Desert Island. Don’t miss a candid grab-bag game of Question Roulette to uncover the secrets of chefs Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven, Juicy – O), Jessica Benefield (Two Ten Jack) and Andrew Little (Josephine, Prima Nashville), moderated by John Besh (Marsh House, L.A. Jackson, Killebrew).
Panels continue during the day on Saturday, September 16, with another all-star roster of chefs. Join moderator Jonathan Waxman (Adele's, Bajo Sexto, Barbuto, Brezza Cucina, Jams, Waxman's SF) and chefs Tyler Brown (Southall), Cassidee Dabney (The Barn at Blackberry Farm) and Susan Feniger (Border Grill) as they examine their green thumbs and delve into the question, How Does Your Garden Grow?
Moderator Hugh Acheson (Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South, Spiller Park) will be joined by chefs Margot McCormack (Margot Café & Marche), Nick Pellegrino (Mangia Nashville) and Marcus Samuelsson (Marcus Samuelsson Group) to discuss their Tasty Travels. This spirited conversation will touch on these chefs’ favorite travel destinations for a great meal, and cities they have on their bucket lists to experience and broaden their culinary horizons.
Tasting Sessions will offer festivalgoers on Friday night and Saturday an interactive and hands-on sampling of spirits and cocktails from the world’s experts. Taste wines from various appellations of the Mondavi family's estate vineyards located in Napa Valley. During the seminar, Peter Mondavi Jr. will taste through four wines from St. Helena, Howell Mountain and Yountville appellations in the Charles Krug Winery portfolio.
Hendrick’s Gin will be back by popular demand to present A Most Curious & Peculiar Cocktail Academy. Join brand ambassador Fred Parent as he explains the gin’s unusual distillation process and delights guests with a hands-on academy of cocktail concoctions.
Join John Meisler, acclaimed spirits educator, Don Q Rum Ambassador and New Orleans chef, for an exciting tasting trip around the Caribbean as he explores the dynamic world of Don Q Puerto Rican Rum, From Barrel to Bottle! Learn how history, geography and culture influences how Don Q has made luxury rum for over 150 years. Meisler will taste attendees through Añejo, Single Barrel, Spiced and Gran Añejo expressions before a hands-on lesson in how to make the perfect Gran Añejo Old Fashioned cocktail. Attendees will also receive a copy of Meisler’s cookbook and other goodies.
Taste why Guinness is Good for Food at The Recipe for Pairing Food & Beer session. Part science and part art, pairing isn't just for wine anymore. The complexity and variety of beer perfectly lends itself for food pairings and no other beer quite matches the possibilities to pair like Guinness.
Learn to sniff, taste, and Speak Like a Somm with Joseph Carr, founder of Joseph Carr Wines. Joseph will provide scent samples of the classic aromas found in Napa Cabernet and guide attendees through the identification process – as well as other key wine components – for his limited-release wines.
Additional programming announcements will be made throughout the summer and fall. For Music City Food + Wine Festival news, please visit: http://www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com.
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 Sunday Gospel Brunch Ticket. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
The All-In Ticket ($525 per person) enables guests to experience the full weekend of Music City Food + Wine Festival programming, including Friday evening and Saturday festival access; the Grand Taste Pavilion's cooking demos and panel discussions with local and national chefs, wine & spirits experts, and sommeliers; more than 80 beer, wine, cocktail, and culinary tastings; access to Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends; and access to Saturday's Harvest Night.
The Friday Evening Ticket ($165 per person) includes single-day access to Friday, September 15 festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including the Grand Taste Pavilion's cooking demos and panel discussions with local and national chefs, wine & spirits experts, and sommeliers; 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 16 festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including the Grand Taste Pavilion's cooking demos and panel discussions with local and national chefs, wine & spirits experts, and sommeliers; more than 80 beer, wine, cocktail, and culinary tastings; and access to Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends.
Harvest Night Ticket ($275 per person) is available as a stand-alone ticket option for Saturday evening, September 16. Located at the Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville, Harvest Night brings together signature dishes from nearly 20 world-renowned chefs from Nashville and across the country with a live musical performance from award-winning steel pedal guitarist Robert Randolph. Mix and mingle with the nation's brightest culinary stars and enjoy their best dishes.
We've given Gospel Brunch ($85 per person) its own day on Sunday, September 17, and tapped a stellar lineup of chefs to prepare their Sunday best for you at Walk of Fame Park: Southern classics, creative brunch fare, and everything in between. Get a jump-start on your day with eye-opening cocktails, wine, coffee, and a spirited live gospel brunch performance. For more information, please visit http://www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com or follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/musiccityfw) and Facebook (Facebook.com/musiccityfw) #musiccityfw.
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Music City Food + Wine is generously sponsored by: FOOD + WINE, Nashville Convention + Visitors Bureau, Toyota, KitchenAid and Barilla.
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 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin Food + Wine Festival and Chicago Food + Wine Festival.
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