Music City Eats Festival Survival Guide

Chefs Jonathan Waxman and Edward Lee share their thoughts on how to enjoy the Music City Eats Festival.

TDM: For first-time festival-goers, what is the one thing they should be sure to do or experience at Music City Eats?

JW: Make sure to attend as many panels and demos as you can, and hit every table in Flavors of Nashville, or I’ll be very disappointed!

EL: It’s very unique for a food festival to have such a great line-up like Petty Fest. It’s a two-for-one event: you get great chefs and great musicians — it’s the culmination of what most people want to do on a weekend, listen to great music and eat great food.

MM: This festival provides an opportunity to get up close and personal to some of the biggest names in the national food industry, which is fun and exciting, but don't overlook the folks in town that are making big names for Nashville.


TDM: Are there any must-try breakfast spots in town for attendees to fuel up at before they hit Public Square Park?

JW: If you can wake up early enough, go to the Loveless Café for the biscuits, country ham, and red-eye gravy.

EL: Barista Parlor — really cool coffee shop in an old garage.

MM: Our other restaurant, Marche Artisan Foods, is just a few miles from downtown at 1000 Main St. in East Nashville and serves the best brunch in town from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

NF & CF: Pancake Pantry!!!  Line up early.


TDM: Any other parting words of wisdom for attendees — or fellow participants?

JW: Make sure on Sunday morning you take three ibuprofen… and then, four hours later, take two more. In between, pace yourself!

EL: Attendees should get there early and pace yourself. There’s a lot of food and booze to try, so enjoy yourselves! My fellow chefs should hide their bourbon and fried chicken, 'cause I’m coming to town!

MM: Bring your A game! 

NF & CF: It's a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself so you don't miss a thing.



For tickets and more information, go to the Nashville Music City Eats website.