Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the first annual Music City Eats festival. This year I attended as a volunteer, but I’ll definitely be back next year as a paying attendee, because this event is worth every penny! Next year I’ll also bring Amy with me (she’s currently grounded until she finishes her dissertation and gets a job). Those of you who follow us on twitter got some updates from the festival, but I wasn’t able to share everything. This post will give you a sampling of the great restaurants, bloggers, and chefs that I experienced last weekend.
Per their website, Music City Eats describes itself this way: “For two delectable days, the nation’s top chefs, and wine, spirit and beer purveyors will join the region’s epicurean heroes to entice your senses with local farm and restaurant showcases and demonstrations, all to the soundtrack of live music.” There was also a Harvest Night Dinner and Petty Fest which I did not attend. I heard they were great, but I am still trying to figure what what a Tom Petty Tribute Concert has to do with food…
One of the highlights of was the Flavors of Nashville area, where local chefs dished up yummy samples of their food. There was also a lot of wine, beer, and spirits – both local and national – for the tasting. Highlights from the Flavors of Nashville area included:
– The Rose (a Belgian-style blond beer) from one of Nashville’s newest breweries, Black Abbey. Thankfully, their beer is now offered at 4 locations within walking distance from my house.
– Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream’s amazing biscuits and peaches ice cream (Order online! It’s worth every calorie!)
– The Catbird Seat’s custard and bacon served in an eggshell. Bonus points for presentation!
– Otaku South’s dish, which included a savory Japanese pancake, pork shoulder, veggies and “Bacon Dirt”. Yum!
This just the beginning. There were many more wonderful dishes and drinks – too many to mention and all delicious!
One of the best things about this festival was being surrounded by so many people who love good food and cooking as much as I do. I was also able to meet some amazing Nashville food bloggers. I had several conversations with the lovely Lesley who blogs at Lesley Eats and also writes for the Nashville Scene Bites column. I volunteered alongside Leah from So How’s It Taste and Amanda from High Heels to Hot Wheels. I also briefly met Beth from Eat.Drink.Smile and Chris Chamberlain, who writes for the Scene Bites column. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone! They are all members of the Nashville Food Bloggers Association, so hopefully I’ll see them again at future events.
When I wasn’t eating, I was watching demos and panels, and helping with cookbooks signings. Giada is just as charming in person as she is on TV and Michael Symon is now one of my favorite chefs. Nancy Silverton makes an amazing dessert (I got this cookbook). And Edward Lee is awesome (see picture below). He’s from Kentucky so I feel a kinship. I loved his How to Eat Your Bourbon demo, and I must get some of this Bluegrass soy sauce ASAP. Also, Tim Love likes to sign arms in addition to cookbooks. (My husband, Tim, at first thought my arm signature was an odd tribute to him).
Music City Eats was just amazing! Be sure to keep an eye out for info on next year’s festival.
Up next- the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival on Saturday. I’ll be tweeting and will have a full update next week.