Music City Food + Wine Festival is pleased to announce additional programming, including Cooking Demos, Around The Park interactive culinary, beverage and lifestyle experiences, and the Book Signing schedule for the fifth annual festival, Friday night, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (600 James Robertson Pkwy)

Throughout the weekend, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to get up close and personal as chefs lead interactive and informative cooking demonstrations in the KitchenAid kitchen.

On Friday evening, September 15, join festival partner Jonathan Waxman (Adele’s, Bajo Sexto Taco, Barbuto, Brezza Cucina, Jams, Waxman’s San Francisco) as he kicks off the weekend with a boisterous demo, Seafood: Morning, Noon & Night, while Susan Feniger (Border Grill) cooks up a South-of-the-BorderBaja Patio Pleaser. Hugh Acheson (Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South, Spiller Park) will makePot Roast… Yum! And master the art of Shrimp Toast & Clams with Andrew Zimmern (Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen)

On Saturday, September 16, let the good times roll with father-son duo, Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven, Juicy – O) & Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig) in Laissez Les Bons Temps. Let John Besh (Marsh House, L.A. Jackson, Killebrew) Show Us Your Best Shellfish. Join Tim Love (Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie’s Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon) for a lively presentation of Tim’s Chop Shop, while Marcus Samuelsson (Marcus Samuelsson Group) will demystify how to artfully fry yardbird in Fried Bird Royal.

The festival grounds at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will come alive on Friday night and Saturday with a variety of culinary, beverage and lifestyle experiences Around The Park. Music City Food + Wine invites you to an exclusive tasting of all-new flavors of 1893 From the Makers of Pepsi Cola. Sample the boldly blended colas by Pepsi’s finest “soda sommeliers.”

Come Share the Table™ with Barilla® and witness pasta being tossed in a giant “padella” while sampling delicious recipes. Meet YouTube star and author Hannah Hart on Saturday as she joins the chefs to dish out pasta and chat about the upcoming season of the web series, While the Water Boils™. Taste why crafted dishes deserve a craft beer that is their equal at the Bell’s Brewery booth. Sample beers, talk about the industry and share some laughs – and brews.

Swing by Casa de Montecristo to check out the “Best Selection of Premium Cigars” in Nashville, including Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Macanudo, Arturo Fuente and many more. Sip on Cooper & Thief, a new California red blend. Born from mischief and unlike any other wine, Cooper & Thief is aged in bourbon barrels for three months resulting in a unique taste: dark and jammy, loaded with bourbon-inspired flavors and aromas. The mystery lies in the sourcing of the bourbon barrels, a secret that the Cooper & Thief team will take to the grave.

Don Julio’s mantra is “You’re only as good as the company you keep and the Tequila you drink.” Festival attendees are encouraged to meet friends by the Don Julio 1942 truck for a refreshing cocktail and a taste of Don Julio’s finer marques. Stop by the Duke’s Mayonnaise trailer for a piece of Birthday Cake to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary.

Experience Entertain! by Toyota and delve into the art of entertaining with live music and special appearances by some of the festival’s favorite chefs and local Nashville talent! Customize a grilling spatula, create a take-home herb garden, mix up a dry rib rub and take it all home in a silkscreen tote bag, all compliments of Toyota.

“Go for Bold” with Gnarly Head Wines – full of rich, full-bodied character – paired with Project Smoke author Steven Raichlen’s smoky and spicy Gnarly Grilled Jerky.

Guinness believes it takes bold brewers to brew bold beers. To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of importing beer into the United States, Guinness is releasing an export stout to celebrate. Come by the booth and be among the first to try this limited-edition beer and other spectacular brews from the Guinness portfolio,

Join chef John Lasater at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Pop-Up for a taste of this family-owned restaurant’s signature style, where Southern hospitality and delicious flavors yield spicy, satisfying results.

Hap & Harry’s presents Revelry Ale, a limited collaborative Amber Ale with festival co-founders, Kings of Leon, that brings together two things Tennesseans love: great music and great beer.

Stop by KitchenAid to experience the latest culinary offerings, including the new Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator and Pocket Handle Dishwasher, and see some of the Stand Mixer attachments in action.

Attendees are encouraged to celebrate their individual style and shop KREWE’s selection of handcrafted, New Orleans-inspired eyewear. Experience what happens when agave comes alive inside “La Cantina del Agave,” an exploration into the magical tastes of the agave plant, proudly presented by Zignum Mezcal, Avion Tequila and Gracias a Dios Gin.

Take a break from the culinary delights and sample a Spicy Margarita or Paloma at the Milagro Cantina. Check out the newest collection of Men’s & Women’s Italian leather footwear and accessories from Peter Nappi while sipping on a Negroni and don’t miss out on a sneak peek of the new made-to-measure custom experience and limited-edition Music City Food + Wine leather wine totes.

Experience this exciting town’s handcrafted cocktails and eclectic mash-up’s in a variety of ways from one of Music City’s hidden gems, Red Bull.

Take Flight! Destination: Sonoma. Fasten your seat belts, prepare your senses for a flavor-takeoff and head west via south west with Rodney Strong Vineyards and Davis Bynum Winery. Enjoy in-flight bites expertly paired by Austin chef Jason Dady (Tre Trattoria, Tre Enoteca, Two Bros BBQ, DUK Truck, B&D Ice House, Shuck Shack). Sit back — or rather step-up — relax and take your wine and food flight to the highest of culinary cruising altitudes.

SIMI Winery has been bringing the warmth and welcome of Sonoma County to tables for over 140 years with a philosophy to create delicious wines that reflect the diversity of the Northern California region. Stop, sip and savor with SIMI Wines. Come by Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto taste the delicious ingredients of the world with a scoop of gelato or sorbetto that is sure to make all festivalgoers smile.

Stop by the highly acclaimed California-based The Withers Winery and Homarus, the leading supplier of lobster to NYC’s finest restaurants, to try tasty award-winning wine and lobster pairings.

Enlighten your taste buds with peculiar cocktails from The World’s Most Utterly Inefficient Cocktail Bar and experience what makes Hendrick’s a most unusual gin. Come taste the original blended Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey from the Aero Bar, Nashville’s most sophisticated mobile bar.

For a chance to meet & greet with chefs and get their latest cookbook personalized and signed, festival goers are encouraging to swing by the Book Signing tent. Schedule can be found at

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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 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.

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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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