Saturday, September 9, 2017

MCFW 2017 – What’s new?

Tickets purchased, these fools are going to Music City Food + Wine!

As you know, I’m a HUGE fan of the Music City Food + Wine Festival. I’ve went every year since the inaugural event. They’ve made a few changes & additions to the event this year, and I’m curious to see how it plays out. One of the changes I’m most intrigued about is the schedule. Previously the Grand Tasting events were held Saturday & Sunday mid-day to afternoon. Saturday’s music was provided by DJ, and the Sunday Grand Taste was themed Gospel Brunch with live gospel music, and a bloody mary bar. They’re switching it up and extending the festival by having a Grand Tasting event Friday night 6pm-10pm, followed by another Grand Taste 11am – 4pm, both at Bicentennial Park. Harvest Night is still Saturday 7-9:30pm at Walk of Fame Park. Now, the Gospel brunch will be a separate event 11:30am – 2:30pm at Walk of Fame Park. Therefore, an extra event has been added. Personally, I wasn’t thrilled to learn of the schedule change, as my body doesn’t handle drinking evening or night time. But, I trust that the organizers have a grand plan for extending the fun of this weekend. Looks like I’ll definitely be limiting my beverage consumption at Friday’s Grand Taste. Especially if I want to be up and at it again for Saturday!

Another change is one I’m really excited about, the craft beer lineup has vastly improved since the inaugural year. I remember the first year I told my husband he wasn’t missing much because there weren’t a lot of craft beer options. It was only a handful of breweries, and they weren’t that new or novel to me. (For those unfamiliar, I am married to a craft beer nerd, and therefore know WAY more about beer than I need to.) However last year they really stepped up their game with beer, and Blackberry Farm Brewery was among one of the breweries serving. This year’s brew list includes: 2nd Shift Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Bearded Iris (a local favorite of my husband), Devil’s Backbone, Grayton Beer, Hap & Harry’s Tennessee Beer, Jackelope Brewing Company, Mantra Artisan Ales, Napa Smith Brewery, Radeberger, Schofferhofer (yay, grapefruit beer!), Starr Hill, Tennessee Brew Works, and YeeHaw Brewing Co.

Last year my husband only came for one day of the Grand Taste, now that he knows just how amazing it is, he’s in for BOTH Grand Taste events this year. We’re looking forward to seeing friends, and as always, making new ones at MCFW! Join us!

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