There’s no shortage of good food in Nashville, and no shortage of opportunities to sample it all! Bookmark this page for the latest updates on Nashville’s best food events. Something we’re missing? Let us know at Info@FiveDishesNashville.com.
TBD, March: Whiskey Warmer
Benefiting Westhaven Foundation, Westhaven hosts an event to learn about more 30 whiskeys and a talk by master distiller Stephen Wilson of Johnnie Walker. Live music and local food favorites are available for purchase. Tickets have started at $30 in the past and included a tasting glass and some other fun swag. An excellent way to say goodbye to winter! 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, March: Tennessee Flavors
This annual fundraiser for the Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts as well as the Nashville State Foundation takes place at Nashville State Community College. There’s also a VIP ticket option, which offers premium food, wine and spirits from select vendors. Look for a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from your Franklin favorites to downtown delights. Tickets usually start at $50 (VIP tickets $150); 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, March: Nuit Belge
An exclusive event for Belgian beer aficionados and foodies, the participating restaurants have been very impressive for such a new event (2017 will make year number three; read about year number one here). Ticket prices have ranged from $99 to $149, which gets you into the Blackberry Farms VIP section. Tickets include entry, tasting glass, festival program, and all food and beverage. 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, April: Iron Fork
Now in its tenth year, this event is a part tasting, part live-cooking competition that brings together a true assortment of restaurants serving up samples while five Nashville chefs duke it out live for the prestigious Iron Fork. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits The Nashville Food Project. Tickets start at $40; 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, April: Battle of the Burger
Watch your favorite restaurants battle it out in a live burger competition. Tickets are usually around $20 and include the tasting of all burgers and meeting with some of Nashville’s top chefs, plus a vote on which burger is best. 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, April: Music City Spirits and Cocktail Festival
Cocktail lovers will enjoy this multi-day, city wide celebration of the booming spirits and cocktail culture that’s sweeping Music City. The variety of events ensures everyone will be able to raise a glass. Tickets vary per event; 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, May: Margarita Festival
Now in its sixth year, margarita lovers will take to the streets for the annual Margarita Festival. Your ticket includes several samples from the best of the best in Nashville. Food available for purchase as well as a cash bar with full sized drinks available. Tickets start are $30; 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, May: Generous Helpings
This year’s event will take place at City Winery and feature a variety of restaurants hailing from Franklin, Downtown and everywhere in between. An added bonus is that tickets benefit Second Harvest’s prepared and perishable food rescue program. Tickets start at $50; read about a recent event here. 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, May: Nashville Wine and Food Festival
Head to Bicentennial mall and sample some of the best wines around, along with yummy bites from local restaurants, a Beer Garden, a cocktail lounge and more! Tickets have started at $75 and include a wine tote plus all food/beverage; read about a recent event here. 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, June: Brew at the Zoo
Lagers and trucks and brews, oh my! Locals go “wild” over this annual event, featuring almost every Nashville brewery and plenty from around the region. Food trucks are onsite for those who need a bite. Tickets range from $55 for designated drivers to $125 for VIP entry. Buy early as this event usually sells out. 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, June: Highballs and Hydrangeas
This event is a fundraiser for Cheekwood and packs in the young professionals wiith light bites and tasty cocktails and wine. Tickets started at $30 in 2016; 2017’s date is TBD.
TBD, June: Taste of Music City
Now in its 15th year, this event is a Music City staple. A very wide variety of restaurants turn Public Square Park into a food-lover’s paradise. From Sprinkles Cupcakes to Saint Anejo, you’re sure to taste old and new favorites. Save room for samples from local vineyards, breweries and distilleries. Tickets were $59–$85 in 2016; 2017’s date is TBD.
September 10: Wine on the River
The generous pourings of regionally-grouped wine and spirits with a fantastic view of the Nashville shoreline usually attract a thick crowd, so buy your ticket early. It’s important to note that food is not included in price of admission, but available for purchase on site. Tickets range from $59 for general admission to $85 for VIP entry, which offers early entry and a commemorative glass.
September 17-18: Music City Wine and Food Festival
Featuring tastings from the best of the best restaurants and fantastic wine from around the country, tickets for this top-notch event start at $150 for a one-day pass. That’s why you’ll find lighter crowds than most food/wine events, giving you more access to the goods. Nonetheless, this has been on our calendar since last year’s event ended, so we will see you there!
September 22: Sunset Safari
High heels and tasty treats run “wild” at this swanky Zoo fundraiser, featuring perhaps the most restaurants at any tasting event on the calendar, with unlimited samples of both food and drink. Tickets start at $150 (unless you’re 21–29, in which case a junior ticket is $75).
TBD: Farmhand Dinner at Farmer’s Market
Join the market’s Farmers themselves at an exclusive dinner featuring produce-laden dishes prepared by some of the city’s finest chefs. Not only is it deliciously fresh, you’ll learn something as well. 2016’s date is TBD.
September 30: Music City Bacon and Barrel Festival
The Nashville Farmer’s Market is home to the best bacon-filled bites from Nashville’s finest as well as samples from some of the region’s best bourbon. Tickets start at $39; read about a recent event here.
October 21: Franklin Wine Festival
You’ll find more than 300 varieties of wine at the Factory in Franklin, along with pairings from a variety of Nashville restaurants. Proceeds go to Big Brother, Big Sister of Middle TN. Tickets are $89 in advance, $100 at the door.
TBD: Taste of Nashville
Now in it’s 16th year, this event always boasts a really impressive lineup. Be prepared for big crowds but plenty of food to go around. Read about a recent event here. Tickets start at $100.