Nashville's first food, wine festival hit downtown this weekend - WKRN News 2

Nashville's first food, wine festival hit downtown this weekend

Posted: Updated: Sep 22, 2013 05:22 PM

This weekend Nashville hosted its very first food, wine and spirits festival.

Music City Eats took place at the War Memorial Plaza and Auditorium as well as Public Square Park downtown on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival provided sips and samples of the finest food, wine and spirits from Nashville and beyond.  The event also featured new-found favorite chefs and book signings.

Jonathan Waxman, a famed chef originally from California, helped build the festival with several others, including Caleb Followill, a member of Kings of Leon.

"You know, it's funny. Caleb Followill and I became friends at my restaurant Barbuto in New York, and he said, ‘How come we don't have a food festival in Nashville?' And I said, ‘Well, let's do it.' So that's what happened," Waxman explained.

"We started planning about three years ago," he added.

Three larger events were held within the festival, including Flavors of Nashville, Harvest Night, and Petty Fest.

Flavors of Nashville provided tastings of food prepared by gourmet chefs, of both local and national fame.

Harvest Night took place Saturday night in a celebration of farm-to-table cuisine with ingredients from local growers.

Petty Fest, sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, was held Saturday night to celebrate the music of rock legends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  The show will be headlined by Kings of Leon and feature many other artists.

The entire festival was for ages 21 and up. 

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