This is the festival to run into all your beer, wino and  foodie friends.

Music City Food + Wine Festival announced the return of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint & Friends with an all-star line-up of some of the most decorated chefs and pit-masters across the country. Celebrated pit-master Pat Martin will be joined by a host of award-winning chef friends to cook and serve interactive, live-fire barbecue throughout the night of Friday, September 15 and during the day on Saturday, September 16 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. This year will feature an expanded selection of craft beers from Tennessee (TCB) and around the country.

“There’s nothing better than cooking with friends, especially over a live fire,” says Martin. “We’ve had so much fun the last couple of years. Chefs pop in and out throughout the weekend to cook with us, and it’s great watching folks experience the different methods we use over live fire and seeing how much they enjoy the show of it all and most importantly, the great food. Hopefully, we inspire them to try new ways of outdoor cooking and grilling in their own backyards.”

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint & Friends area will allow festival-goers to see, experience, and taste wood-fired ingredients that have been slow roasted, grilled and barbecued on-site over live fire using a variety of cooking methods. Throughout the weekend, Martin and friends will serve whole-cooked meat and fish, lamb, hog, goat, beef, coal-roasted summer vegetables and other ingredients cooked low and slow.  (I’m totally thinking Francis Mallman at this point…)

Dishes will be announced via social media and on-site chalkboards, and festival attendees can follow along @musiccityfw using #MCFW. The chefs and pit-masters will dish out tasting-size portions on a first-come, first-served basis.  The interactive, live-fire stations are scheduled to feature a rotating cast of chefs, including:

Salvador Avila (GReKo Greek Street Food), Matt Bolus (404 Kitchen), Tyler Brown (Southall), our buddy Trey Coccia (The Farm House), Bill Darsinos (Southside Grill, GReKo Greek Street Food), Tony Darsinos (GReKo Greek Street Food), Joseph Lenn (J.C. Holdway) see our articleJason McConnell (Red Pony), Zach Parker (Scott’s-Parker’s Barbeque), Edgar Pendley (Urban Grub), and Tandy Wilson (City House).

MCFW is also pleased to feature a diverse selection of beers from some of the country’s most beloved breweries, including:

2nd Shift Brewery, Bearded Iris, Bell’s Brewery (Two Hearted Ale, Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, and Oarsman Ale), Devil’s Backbone, Grayton Beer, Guinness, Hap & Harry’s/Revelry Beer (KOL Amber Ale), Jackalope, Mantra Artisan Ales, Napa Smith Brewery, Radeberger & Schofferhofer, Starr Hill. Tennessee Brew Works, and Yeehaw. (More Beers TBA)

Tickets & More Information:

MCFW 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 at Walk of Fame Park: Southern classics, creative brunch fare, and everything in between. Get a jump-start on the day with eye-opening cocktails, wine, coffee, and a spirited live gospel brunch performance! (This sounds like the party!)

Hope to see all our food and beer loving friends there…and our wino friends too!