Saturday, September 15, 2018

11:00AM – 4:00PM

Saturday afternoon we continue the festival with acclaimed chefs serving up delicious masterpieces, incredible wine, beer, and spirits, food and lifestyle exhibitors, live music, and more. Day drink and eat your heart out against the beautiful Nashville skyline.

All-In and Saturday Ticketholders will also have the chance to attend Pappy Hour, an intimate tasting with Preston Van Winkle of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, great grandson of iconic bourbon maker Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle.

Saturday Day access is included with your All-In Ticket (sold out) or can be purchased as an individual ticket on our Tickets page.



Saturday features an impressive array of cooking demos by some of the nations top chefs. Watch as they lead you through their process, and then replicate at home! All demos can be viewed on our Schedule page.


Our annual Chef Showcase features nationally-acclaimed talent and all the food you could want! Top chefs will be serving up samples of classic dishes that put them on the map. Say hi and get a taste! Each day offers a different lineup. Check out this year’s participating restaurants here and stay tuned for what day to catch them at the festival.

  • Kristopher Akers | Americano
  • Jessica Benefield & Trey Burnette | The Green Pheasant
  • Jessica Benefield & Trey Burnette | Two Ten Jack
  • Larry Carlile | Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway
  • Tom Eckert | Morph Hospitality Group
  • Matt Gillie | Tànsuǒ
  • Daniel Gorman | Henley
  • Robert Grace | MStreet
  • Mike Haggerty | Sea Salt
  • Hal M. Holden-Bache | Lockeland Table
  • Jess Lambert | etc.
  • B.J. Lofback | Funk Seoul Brother
  • Michael Morales | Sunda
  • Deb Paquette | Etch
  • Nick Pellegrino | Mangia
  • Giovanni Pinato | Giovanni Ristorante
  • Brian Riggenbach | Mockingbird
  • Steven Robilio | Saltine
  • David Rule | The Walnut Kitchen
  • Ian Shordon | Lonesone Dove Knoxville
  • Joshua Simpson | Proper Bagel
  • Nina Singto | Thai Esane


On Friday and Saturday, join Martin’s Bar-B-Que pitmaster Pat Martin as he hosts an unbeatable barbecue feast with a collection of chef buddies in Bicentennial Park. Guests are invited to meet Pat and the chefs and talk about their approach to low & slow cooking, and enjoy tastes of delicious food rotating throughout the day. Everything will be cooked over live fire.

Tickets to Pat Martin’s BBQ are included in your All-In Ticket, Friday Ticket (for Friday admittance only), and Saturday Ticket (for Saturday admittance only).



Elevate your MCFW experience and enjoy an exclusive tasting with Preston Van Winkle of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, great grandson of iconic bourbon maker Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle.

Seating is limited for this exclusive experience. In order to receive further details for access to this event, All-In Tickets or Saturday Tickets should be purchased in advance. Ticketholders will be sent a link in early September with further details on how attendees will be selected.


In addition to the 40+ exhibitors presenting top shelf beverages at the Grand Taste, Tasting Sessions are the perfect place to learn to drink like a pro. You’ll be led through tastings by expert sommeliers. Check out the Schedule page for more information on each session.



The Grand Taste give guests an exclusive chance to taste a diverse range of signature bites prepared by the best of the city’s culinary community alongside more than 80 international and national wineries, spirits purveyors, breweries, restaurants and other artisanal exhibitors.

Stay tuned for 2018 Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Food + Lifestyle Exhibitors, to be announced closer to the festival!


DJ Mel will be playing the hits all night long. When you’re taking a break from the delicious bites sips, demos and tasting sessions, be sure to join the dance party!