Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival FAQs

How can I help support local restaurants and small businesses?

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival was founded with the purpose of growing and celebrating Fort Worth’s culinary scene. Supporting local restaurants, bars and small businesses, when the opportunities arise, is going to continue to be important to our city. Visit our Donate page to learn more.

What does the festival and other foundation events benefit?

All proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation 501(c)(3). The Foundation’s mission is to honor the distinctive nature of Fort Worth cooking, food, beverage, and culinary traditions by promoting national and regional attention to the Fort Worth scene and assisting and sustaining chefs, restaurants, and the local ranching and farming communities to raise funds for local grant programs and culinary scholarships; to elevate the skills and culinary knowledge of the general consumer; and to provide internship experiences for those interested in pursuing a career in public relations or marketing.

How much food and drink do I get once I’m inside the festival event?

Your ticket to the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival covers all of the food and beverages you can (responsibly) consume at the event. Just bring your appetite and enjoy!

I'm a vegetarian; what's the best event for someone seeking alternative options?

One of the most exciting things about the FWFWF is that the chefs always call the shots and design unique menus for each event and new festival. We don't require them to submit their menu in advance, and that's what keeps it interesting! If you're looking for more diverse options, two events offer a more expansive selection and the highest number of participants -- Main Event and Culinary Corral. These two events provide a perfect blend of seasoned culinary vets and emerging newcomers inspired by the biggest national trends in the food scene -- you're sure to find something you love!

What is a FWFWF Connoisseur?

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation’s new Connoisseur Program is the best way for discerning foodies to experience our culinary community. Get all the details here.

Are children allowed at events?

No. All events are restricted to ages 21-and-older, and no children or infants (in strollers or carriers) are allowed to attend any festival event.

Are dogs allowed at any of the outdoor events?

No. Pets are not allowed at any events, except service animals.

Will tickets to the festival be sold at the door?

Tickets are usually sold out and we do not have tickets to sell at the door. Please follow our Instagram page to keep up with ticket updates.

What can I do if I have a food allergy?

Due to the size of the events and the number of people being served, our chefs cannot make accommodations for food allergies. However, there is a wide variety of items available and we encourage you to ask chefs and vendors if the item being served contains anything you are allergic to so you may avoid any such foods.

I didn’t get a chance to buy shirts at the events. Can I buy them online?

Absolutely! T-shirts are available for purchase via Flavour Gallery.

Is there a dress code?

As a general guideline, we suggest “smart casual” attire for our events. Comfortable shoes are encouraged.

What happens in the case of bad weather?

All signature events are held outside. If the weather during an event would be dangerous, the event would be cancelled. If a little rain joins us for an event, we will still be there and the food and drinks will taste just as good. All tickets are nonrefundable.

Which events are "signature" events?

Six Signature Events are planned for 2023. These include Tacos + Tequila, The Main Event, Night Market, Rise + Dine, Burgers, Brews + Blues and Ring of Fire. Additional specialty events are planned for Spring 2023 -- see the Events page for details.

Is there seating at the events?

There is some seating at the six signature events, although it is limited. Most events will be “walk-around.” Guests are not permitted to bring chairs. If you're looking for a sit-down dining experience, consider attending Noche del Soul or Hunt & Gather. 

Is there parking onsite?

Free parking is available onsite. Ridesharing services are strongly encouraged, especially at Whiskey Ranch for Night Market.