Music City Food + Wine Festival Announces Panels With Local, National Food Luminaries

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Pat Martin, panelist
  • Pat Martin, panelist
The organizers of the upcoming Music City Food + Wine Festival continue to release details about the big event coming up Sept. 20 and 21 at Public Square Park. We shared the schedule of the cooking demos with you last month, and now they've put together the lineup of panel discussions.

One nice touch about this particular festival is that the participants seem to have a good sense of humor about themselves and are willing to share details of their lives off the air and out of the restaurants with their fans. Here's the schedule of all the panel discussions and a little background about each of them:

On Saturday Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m., Andrew Zimmern will lead a panel titled "Kitchen Disasters" where he and chefs Ashley Christensen, Michael Symon and Levon Wallace will swap tales of culinary snafus and how they conquered them. This should be worth a peek just to hear Michael Symon's laugh at his own and others' stories.

Saturday at 2:15, Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and chefs Amanda Freitag and Tandy Wilson will share their go-to soundtracks for cooking up a feast in a panel they're calling "Prep Playlist." Get ready to update your Spotify!

On Sunday Sept. 21, three renowned Southern chefs, Mike Lata, Alon Shaya and Frank Stitt will discuss how they blend their diverse backgrounds and unique culinary perspectives into a shared love of the culture, cuisine and ingredients in the panel "Southern Roots." These are definitely some heavyweight perspectives, with multiple James Beard nominations and awards among them. In fact, for years, Stitt's Highland's Bar and Grill in Birmingham was only slightly facetiously referred to as "The Best Restaurant in Atlanta," thanks to the scores of diners willing to make the drive over on I-20.

In "Tales From the Road" on Sunday at 2:15, chef superstars Tim Love, Pat Martin and Aarón Sánchez share and compare stories from their worldwide travels. They promise a raucous conversation about their experiences on the road, from hopping around cities for television to festival stops and more. From personal experience and stories I've heard from the road, I can attest that these three guys definitely know how to have a good time while they're working or after working. This should be a don't miss panel!

Tickets and more scheduling information can be found on the Music City Food + Wine Festival website.

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