Nashville Wine & Food Festival Tickets Now on Sale



Wait a minute, didn't Dana Kopp Franklin just write about this? Nope, that's the Music City Food + Wine Festival. A new event, the Nashville Wine & Food Festival is the brainchild of the folks at Midtown Wine and Spirits, who also curate the excellent Nashville Whiskey Festival. Let the season of confusion begin, as I imagine we'll be talking a lot about both events on this site.

Let's see if we can come up with some easy ways to differentiate them. The best I've come with for me personally is that the Music City Food + Wine Festival (The Festival Formerly Known as Music City Eats) is the one organized by the Kings of Leon. So it has a musical component, thus "Music City" is the mnemonic key. (Alternately, we could use a Prince-like name like TFFKAMCE, but that would get tiresome and awkward quickly.) So here's my memory tip: Music City = Kings of Leon, and Nashville = Midtown.

The Nashville Wine & Food Festival is happening sooner (June instead of September), and tickets are already on sale. It' set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Riverfront Park, and will feature wines from around the country, poured alongside dishes from some of Nashville's best restaurants. There will be a Food Village along with a Beer Garden and spirits tastings. There will also be musical stages showcasing The Wheeler Sisters, Kindred Roots, Suzie Brown and Peter Erikson. (Oops, that's music — there goes that easy point of differentiation.)

Proceeds will benefit two local nonprofits, Team Hunt and Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville.

Team Hunt drives awareness and raises funds in the fight against a little-known genetic disease, mitochondlial disease or “mito," and Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville is a home away from home for patients and families seeking medical treatment in Nashville-area hospitals.

Tickets are on sale at the festival website, with two levels of access available. General admission is $75 and includes a six-bottle commemorative wine tote with several giveaways, including Riedel wineglass and wine and a food plate for your tastings, full access to wine and Food Village as well as all entertainment. For 50 dollars more, you can get the VIP experience that includes access to the VIP Tent, which will feature one winery and one restaurant, and guests will be served by top sommeliers and chefs while enjoying premium access to one of the live music stages. VIPs will enjoy comfortable seating, no lines and select wine, food and spirits, along with private restroom facilities, plus all the swag that general admission guests will receive.

There's certainly room for both of these festivals on the foodie calendar, but act quickly to get your tickets to the Nashville Wine & Food Festival so you don't miss out on the food and fun!

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