Ready or Not Here Comes the 2016 Music City Food + Wine Festival

With the explosion of growth of the Nashville culinary scene, who wouldn’t be excited to see what this year will bring?

Heidi Carter

All weekend long, get your fill of hundreds of artisanal food, wine, beer, and spirits purveyors — what could be better?

This weekend marks the return of the Music City Food + Wine Festival where fans of food will get to join Nashville native chefs and nationally known chef-lebrities Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 at Bicentennial Park and Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville.

Here’s a little preview taste of what's on the menu for this weekend's food-filled fun—

Chef Showcases are Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meant to be light and fun in nature, these showcases are interactive and educational with a fun Nashville flavor that sets this food festival apart from the rest. During these showcases, some of Nashville's best chefs will demonstrate their skills by making their signature dishes and giving the audience and inside look, and taste, into what makes it special.

The Grand Taste is exactly what it sounds like. You've seen the photos. White top tents everywhere with mountains of food and drink pleasing the stuffed and smiling guests. It's grand. It's tasty. The Grand Taste features some of the best of Nashville’s culinary from Hatties to Holland House and all parts in between. The Grand Taste runs from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Ruh-Roh— that’s the same time as the Chef Showcases.

There are a plethora of other culinary experiences sprinkled into the weekend too. These include Martin’s BBQ & Friends, Pappy Hour, cocktail demonstrations and tastings, book signings, panel discussions, and specialty tasting sessions.

And still, at the same time are the main stage demonstrations by nationally known chefs like Jonathan Waxman, Aaron Sanchez, Tim Love, Ludo Lefebvre, and more.

Schedule wisely folks. There’s a lot to see, taste, and do. And you won't want to miss out on any of it.

To top it all off, it wouldn’t be a proper Music City party without some tunes dropped in to make it a full-flavored event. A reason this town’s F + W Festival rocks is because of the marriage it has between its food and its music. It is something that can only be experienced. And no, Snapchat doesn’t count. Saturday night is the most popular event of this annual food celebration, Harvest Night. If you snagged a ticket in advance (cause Harvest Night is already sold out) you can expect some Kings of Leon plus other musical guests alongside the kitchen kings and queens serving up an unbelievable mix of music, food, and fun.

Lastly, if you’re a brunch lover or need to get your hair-of-the-dog, Sunday's Gospel Brunch is going to be right up your alley! The Gospel Brunch is held Sunday morning and has all the food, and brunch cocktails you need to start your day off right, or finishing your weekend in style, while enjoying musical talent by Gale Maye’s.  

It's food. It's drink. It's music. Sounds like a match made in heaven (or Nashville), to me!

Click here throughout the weekend for coverage courtesy of Nashville City Editor, Heidi Carter.