Music City Eats Returning in September as Music City Food + Wine Festival

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  • Jen Creed
Music City Eats, the ambitious food-and-drink festival that launched in September in downtown Nashville, is coming back this fall with a new name: Music City Food + Wine Festival.

Dreamed up by Kings of Leon and some of their associates in the worlds of food and music, the 2013 festival united local chefs with nationally known figures — John Besh, John Currence, Giada De Laurentiis, Edward Lee, Donald Link, Tim Love, Aarón Sánchez, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, Nancy Silverton, Michael Symon, Jonathan Waxman and Trisha Yearwood — for two days of food sampling and panel discussions at Public Square Park downtown. You can read my lengthy recap here.

Last year's festival concluded with a concert at War Memorial Auditorium: Petty Fest, a tribute to the music of Tom Petty, featuring Norah Jones, members of Kings of Leon, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, and the Black Keys' Patrick Carney.

The festival today announced its new name and said the event will take place Sept. 20-21 in Public Square Park; tickets to the festival (which is open only to ages 21 and older) go on sale May 13 at 10 a.m.

"You might notice a slight name change, but our style hasn’t changed. Prepare your appetite for another round of local and national talent, and more libations set to the down-home vibe of Nashville’s Public Square Park," according to the festival blog.

No details about the chef lineup or a musical component to this year's fest were announced. Bites will keep you posted when we learn more.

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