The Official 2015 Music City Food + Wine Fest Recap

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While the 2015 Music City Food + Wine Festival may be over, we’ll always have our wonderful memories of a weekend full of chef demos, tastings, book signings, and some of the best music Nashville has to offer! Check out our 2015 recap video and photos below.



Over the last two days, festival goers got aquatinted with chefs, artisans, and restaurants from Nashville and beyond – so let’s take a look back at what they enjoyed!

Saturday

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No one was hungry for long, as the festival kicked off with the incredible Grand Tasting Tent. Chefs offered up their finest creations for attendees to enjoy all day long!
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The packed day continued with Chef demos, and some special guests proved that even the best chefs can use some assistance! Pat Martin joined Andrew Zimmern on stage during his demo “Spicy? Ewe Betcha!” and Aaron Sanchez helped out Tim Love on stage during his demo “For Goodness Steak.” Even Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill showed up to Love’s demo – and Love later returned the favor by joining the band on stage for Harvest Night!

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Things got heated up at the festival with Pat Martin’s fire pit – the menu for the weekend included whole hog, whole lamb, whole fish and whole goat, as well as coal roasted vegetables, stews in a cast iron pot and desserts in dutch ovens.

“You can prepare elegant food with a simple fire, and all you need is some salt, pepper and acid such as lemon juice or lime juice,” Martin advised. “And it’s OK to have fun cooking and eating with your hands, and still be classy.”

The fires are going, the hog is cooking, @martinsbbqjoint & friends are getting everything ready for the #MusicCityFW gates to open!

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Harvest Night

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The party continued on Saturday night with Harvest Night. This unique event brought together food and music in beautiful harmony!

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Hometown heroes Kings of Leon curated the evening, which featured Kings of Leon, The Long Players, Michael McDonald, Robert Randolph, Tom Morello, Michelle Branch, Hamilton Leithauser, Sam Moore, Jamie N. Commons, Andy Hull, Jessie Baylin, Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, Parker Gispert, and Emily West. Chefs mingled with the crowd and even jumped on stage themselves – Carla Hall even lent her vocal talents to the evening!

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SUNDAY

Foodies returned to Bicentennial Park on Sunday morning for a Gospel Brunch featuring Robert Randolph with the Nashville Friends Gospel Choir. 404 Kitchen’s Matt Bolus crafted the menu to fuel attendees for another day of the festival!


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But brunch goers had to be careful not to fill up too quickly – another day of tastings and demos awaited them! The Tito’s Bloody Mary Bar kept everyone sipping in style, and everywhere you looked there was Hattie B’s fried chicken in someone’s hand!

Your #Nashville food experience isn't complete until you've eaten @hattiebs Hot Chicken. #MusicCityFW

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Things got hands on as Hendrick’s Gin hosted their Most Curious and Peculiar Cocktail Academy, and Levon Wallace taught us a thing or two about cast iron cooking!
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And of course, the Grand Tasting continued to delight and intrigue festival goers with palate pleasing culinary feats!
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It was a fantastic weekend of food, friends, and spirits that we will not soon forget!

Thanks, Music City!