The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Is Back!

by Nick Bailey on March 28, 2016 in Food+Drink, Living Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth,
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If you’re a Texan that enjoys a true taste of Texas, then now is the time to make your way to Fort Worth to experience the third annual Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival. Touted as the largest consumer wine event in North Texas, the weekend feast will feature more than 100 chefs and tastemakers between March 31 and April 3, 2016.

image001The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival offers guests a tour of the city with six events showcasing everything from chef-driven canapés to amazing brunch offerings, Juicy burgers and a new take on barbecue — not to mention an event dedicated solely to delectable desserts. This year’s lineup looks to be promising and Texas Lifestyle will be there to see what’s made this festival such a growing success. Here’s some of the event to look forward to.

Kick Off Event – BBQ Showdown

Thursday, March 31
The best pit-masters in the state will come together at the W.R. Watt Arena to celebrate the festival launch and share their smoked treasures with guests as celebrity judges select their favorite bite! Look for lots of great barbecue-worthy beverages, as well.

Make no mistake, this festival brings out the best Texas has to offer. Photo by Tracy Autem
Make no mistake, this festival brings out the best Texas has to offer. Photo by Tracy Autem

The Main Event – Grand Tasting

Friday, April 1
This year’s festival boasts a theme of “Taste The New Texas” will be showcased during this big-and-bold evening. Tastemakers will be pouring more than 100 exceptional wines, craft beers and spirits from near and far at the Pier 1 Imports Building. The sipping will pair with food from the best North Texas chefs, restaurateurs, artisan producers and crafters.

Desserts After Dark

Friday, April 1
The festival’s #latenight aims to please with tunes by Dj Jason Esquire and indulgence at its finest at The Shack at Panther Island. Incorporating Firestone & Robertson’s TX Blended Whiskey in their creations, 12 pastry chefs team up with 12 mixologists to craft sweet treats for palate pleasures. Guests will also enjoy an excellent selection of wine and beer.

Rise + Dine

Saturday, April 2
Most Texans — especially in Austin — are accustomed to brunch being a Sunday staple after a long night out, but after #latenight it’s looking like Saturday brunch will be a welcomed opportunity at the Pier 1 Imports Building. Guests can enjoy Saturday brunch in all its glory with dozens of dream dishes from a dazzling assortment of noted area restaurants for a tasty and diverse feast! For just the right eye-opener, we’d recommend checking out the wide selection of specialty wines and spirits, or belly up to the mimosa and Bloody Mary bars.

The food will be in full effect and even better than last year. Photo by Tracy Autem
The food will be in full effect and even better than last year. Photo by Tracy Autem

Burgers, Brews + Blues

Saturday, April 2
What’s better than a trio of all-American classics: sliders, craft beer and a live blues band? Not much. Guests will enjoy 11 chefs grilling up their best mini-burgers for attendees and celebrity judges at the Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork. Attendees can then pair the flavorful burgers with 22 craft breweries—all the while enjoying a sweet serenade by a live blues band.

Family Sunday Funday – Picnic at Panther Island

Sunday, April 3
Finishing off the festival in style, this picnic-inspired day will really be fun for the whole family with a games area and food to satisfy even the strictest kid critics at The Shack at Panther Island. The event will feature family friendly bites from food trucks and chuck wagons, chefs representing restaurants and caterers and refreshing adult and kid-friendly beverages to wash it all down.

Foodies and festival goers can purchase a VIP All-access pass to the six signature festival events here. The VIP Package also includes:

  • A savings of $75 as opposed to purchasing tickets to all events individually
  • Access to the VIP area at the Main Event – Grand Tasting
  • Complimentary food tray and wine glass
  • Early entrance to Burgers, Brews & Blues

Foodies can also feel good about their festival purchase as proceeds from the four-day event benefit the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to assist in the development of the Fort Worth and North Texas culinary community through a series of scholarships and grants. For more information about the festival, check out their website, or stay tuned to their Twitter and Instagram feeds @FortWorthFWF and like the festival on Facebook at If you go, be sure to look for Texas Lifestlye and say hi.