Farm Flavor editors Jessy Yancey, Rachel Bertone and Ashley Wright had the opportunity to attend this year’s Music City Food + Wine Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. Try not to drool too much as you read the 2018 recap below.
Music City Food + Wine, Day 1
This was my first year attending the Friday night part of the festival, and it didn’t disappoint. From the throwdown between the Titans and Predators to the custom screenprinting on bags and cutting boards, I was impressed with all the offerings.
But mainly, the food. One standout was the ricotta ravioli from Sinema, featuring trumpet mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and fried capers. I must have been on a tomato kick, because I also couldn’t get enough of 5th & Taylor’s tomato pie.
Another favorite was the romaine cups from Lyra, a new Middle Eastern restaurant in Nashville featured butternut kibbeh, roasted jalapeno cashew slaw and a date-pomegranate syrup that helped to sweeten the spicy kick.
The charcuterie from Deacon’s New South, the upscale eatery from the Puckett’s family of restaurants, was a perfect salty bite, and the mini Tennessee Beef Burger from the much more casual Fido makes me want to try the real thing next time I’m in Hillsboro Village.
I agree with Jessy on lots of her food choices, and would have to say Sinema’s ravioli was my favorite bite from Friday, with a close second by The Grilled Cheeserie’s “Turnt Up” Grilled Cheese, which featured local buttermilk cheddar cheese, creamed southern turnip greens with applewood smoked bacon and Duke’s mayo butter.
But I think what makes this festival so fun and unique is the interesting way they involve guests. For example, this year featured the Official Drink of Nashville contest, where local restaurants and bars including L.A. Jackson and the Noelle, to name a few, presented their tastiest cocktails for guests to try. Each person was given a token and voted for their favorite, naming Nashville’s official cocktail.
Friday night also featured a fun throwdown between the Nashville Predators hockey team and Nashville Titans football team. Two players from each squad teamed up with notable chefs, Tim Love and Anne Burrell, in a Chopped-like competition to cook the best dish for the judges. Each team had to use the secret ingredients of sweet potatoes and country ham. The competition was close, but the Predators came out on top.
– Rachel Bertone
Music City Food + Wine, Day 2
The delicious dishes kept coming on Day 2! Nashville favorites like Martin’s BBQ and Proper Bagel made an appearance giving locals a taste of their culinary creations. Tánsuŏ served Spicy Dan Dan Noodles bursting with flavor. A panel held by Andrew Zimmern showed festival-goers how to make easy and REAL Chinese food.
A star-studded event with appearances from Kings of Leon and Little Big Town set the scene of a perfect Harvest Night. Jeni’s Ice Cream cooled down the night with their fan favorite flavor – blackberry, and Andrew Zimmern had his own booth serving the chinese dish he had showcased earlier that day. Other notable chefs including Tandy Wilson, Jonathan Waxman, Carla Hall and Matt Bolus among others, also wowed guests’ tastebuds.
Needless to say, we’re still digesting, and can’t wait for next year!
– Ashley Wright
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