The Official 2016 Music City Food + Wine Festival Recap

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We can hardly believe that the 2016 Music City Food + Wine Festival is over! But what a weekend – between demos, tastings, and panels, we kept our minds and bellies full. We don’t want to let go just yet – so here’s a recap video and some of our favorite photos from this year to relive the best weekend ever. Well, until next year…

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We had a wet start, but the rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. We still dressed up in our weekend best and headed down to the park. The incomparable Grand Taste tent kicked things off, with Chefs showing off their latest and greatest dishes.

The day continued with Chef demos, tastings, and panels. Some opted to mix things up…


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While others cooked mussels with Ludo Lefebvre


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Or chatted with Nancy Silverton at her book signing.

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With all the great drinks, we definitely stayed hydrated.


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We had a party in our pantry with Tony Mantuano

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And then we partied with DJ Mel, ending Day 1 of MCFW with a lot of dancing, and an epic Elton John sing along.


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Harvest Night


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Saturday night, we headed down to Walk of Fame Park for Harvest Night. We dined, drank, and danced the night away with an all-star lineup curated by the Kings of Leon. Lee Ann Womack, Jorge Blanco, Holly Williams, Langhorne Slim, Jessie Baylin, Matt Shultz, Aaron Lewis, Hunter Hayes, Shaun Jacobs, Charles Kelley, and Colin Hay all came out and sang some of the greatest hits of the 80s!

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Of course, the Chefs were not going to be outdone by the music! Mashama Bailey, Matt Bolus, Sean Brock, Lisa Donovan, Kelly Fields, Vivian Howard, Katy Keefe, Billy Durney, Tim Love, Tony Mantuano, Nancy Silverton, Ludo Lefebvre, Tandy Wilson, Aarón Sánchez, Michael Symon, and Jonathan Waxman.


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It was truly a night we’ll never forget!


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We woke up Sunday to a beautiful, sunny day. It was the perfect day for a Gospel Brunch! Gale Mayes kicked it off with her gorgeous, strong voice, and had everyone dancing and singing along.


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Of course, we had to pause for a moment to grab a Tito’s Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary bar too.


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We headed over to Martin’s BBQ + Friends to see what he was cookin’…and boy, was it good!


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Over in the Demo tent, Michael Symon wowed us with his steak and stovetop grilling techniques.


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Once again, the Grand Taste tent was a sight – and taste – to behold.


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There were so many perfect, tiny bites – but they all added up to make us quite full.


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There was so much amazing food by our favorite Chefs – and of course, some of the best drinks we’ve ever had.

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The Pappy Hour on Sunday was a chance to have a drink that many of us never thought we’d taste!


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Thanks, Nashville. We had an amazing time with you this weekend.


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SEE YOU IN 2017!

This article was posted on February 21, 2017