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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Music City Food + Wine - Nashville's Ultimate Foodie Weekend

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Held at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Music City Food + Wine Festival is my favorite festival of the year.
Y'all. Last weekend was perhaps my favorite weekend of 2016.
...and 2015.
...and 2014.

Notice the trend?

Hanging with mah boos, Maneet Chauhan, Beth Sachan of Eat. Drink. Smile. and Kristin Luna of Camels & Chocolate
Music City Food + Wine Festival, one of Nashville's premier foodie events put on by Food and Wine magazine and the Kings of Leon. Mingle and meet with your favorite chefs at the Grand Tasting (unlimited bites and drinks), attend culinary demos, boozy tasting sessions, and listen to the best music in town. Food + Booze + Music = my absolute favorite kind of combination.

Let's get to it the best way I know how to recap: via a photo round-up of the weekend.

The Food:

Chefs from all over Nashville and the country descend upon Nashville to create a taste of what's hot in the culinary scene today.

Perhaps my favorite bite of the festival: a biscuit from soon-to-open brunch hotspot Holler & Dash, topped with whipped peanut butter, popcorn, and candied bacon. So. Fab.

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How gorgeous is this salad from Watermark? Image via my hero Kristin Luna, media extraordinaire, at Camels & Chocolate

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One of my top spots to dine in town, Lockeland Table, never fails to impressand their liver pate topped with peach jam is decadent.

martins bbq

What's your favorite bar-b-que joint in Nashville? Many folks go with Martin's BBQ Jointand, it certainly resides at the top of my list. This was happening all weekend, and the end result was insane.

Williams-Sonoma featured a pastry tent, showing off the skills of so many of my friends. Chef Charles Hunter of The Salted Table nailed it with his smoked sweet potato tarts.

utterly nashville

I am a sucker for sweets, especially these Macaroons from Utterly Nashville.

Back at the grill, Martin's threw on some Octopus. So delish.

The Booze:

The booze is constantly flowing, everywhere. From local vendors Nelsons Greenbriar Distillery and Blackberry Farm to Bulleit Bourbon, you will never be thirsty. The gents above are a handful of the best bartenders in town, from cocktail hotspot Patterson House. They were mixing up tiki-themed beverages which were by far my favorite liquor taste of the day. Photo via Camels & Chocolate. 

The Party: 

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Kings of Leon taking the stage at Harvest Night, along with Holly Williams, Hunter Hayes, and Charles Kelley. Only in Nashville.

music city food and wine festival harvest night

Harvest Night is held on Saturday eve, against the backdrop of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Musicians Walk of Fame park. A perfect setting.

music city food and wine festival

It seems Music City Food + Wine Festival is becoming well known for the DJ + dance parties. We wrapped up the weekend with the Kings of Leon gents and Tim Love, DJ'ing, pouring, and dancing to 90s music. 

I'd call it an epic ending to an epic weekend. Counting down the days until 2017!


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