TALENT AND TWO NEW EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2020 FORT WORTH FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL, APRIL 2-5

FORT WORTH, Texas – Feb. 19, 2020 – The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, a four-day event supporting the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation, announces their talent lineup for the April 2-5, 2020, festival. Celebrating the city’s thriving food scene while raising funds for local grant programs and culinary scholarships for area students, the annual festival attracts thousands of foodies from across the country to Cowtown each spring.

The seventh annual festival will showcase the talents of dozens of chefs and food artisans, as well as craft brewers and distinctive vintners, bringing a range of tastes, styles and methods that reflect the diversity of Fort Worth. Longtime participants like Jon Bonnell, Jenna Kinard, Ramiro Ramirez, Sarah Castillo and Ben Merritt are back for yet another appearance, plus other notable favorites like Matt Pittman, John Tesar and Barrett Black.

In addition to the six signature events, two new, more intimate celebrations are being introduced for 2020. Kicking off the festival on Thursday night, From Houston to Ho Nai will offer Asian-Texan fusion dishes from guest chef (and James Beard Award winner) Chris Shepherd of Houston’s UB Preserv in collaboration with Tuan Pham of Fort Worth’s Four Sisters – A Taste of Vietnam. On Sunday, we present the Hunt & Gather brunch in partnership with Visit Fort Worth and Garden & Gun. This special field-to-table dining experience will feature Blade and Bow bourbon cocktails paired with wild game and local produce prepared by notable Southern chefs David Bancroft of Acre, Jon Bonnell of Bonnell's and Molly McCook of Ellerbe Fine Foods.

“The goal of the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is to bring people together to enjoy great food and drinks while supporting and influencing the region’s next generation of culinary talent,” said Russell Kirkpatrick, co-founder of the festival. “And we couldn’t do that without the hundreds of industry professionals, volunteers and attendees who help make that happen each and every year.”

This year’s signature event lineup includes:

Tacos + Tequila
Thursday, April 2, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$50 general admission, $75 early entry

Notable participating chefs include: Sarah Castillo (Taco Heads), Ramiro Ramirez (Salsa Limón) and Chris Garcia (Del Norte Tacos).

Main Event
Friday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$125 general admissions, $150 early entry

Notable participating chefs include: Jenna Kinard (Hotel Drover & 97 West Kitchen and Bar), John Tesar (Knife) and Matt Pittman (Meat Church).

Nite Bites
Friday, April 3, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Whiskey Ranch)
$60 general admission, $75 early entry

Notable participants include: Maurice Ahern (Gold Ribbon Confections), Trey Smith (The Dusty Biscuit Beignet Bar) and Katherine Sasser (Hurley House).

Culinary Corral
Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$75 general admission (no early entry)

Notable participants include: Tuan Pham (Four Sisters – A Taste of Vietnam), Melvin Roberson (Dough Boy Donuts), Rena Frost (Mac’s on Main) and Steve Estes (BREWED).

Burgers, Brews + Blues
Saturday, April 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$70 general admission, $95 early entry (SOLD OUT)

Notable participants include: Wade Chappell (Pearl Snap Kolaches), Ben Merritt (Ben’s Triple B) and Caroline Perini (Easy Slider).

Ring of Fire: A Next-Level Cookout
Sunday, April 5, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$65 general admission, $90 early entry

Notable participants include: Barrett Black (The Original Black’s Barbecue), Travis Heim (Heim Barbecue) and Dayne Weaver (Dayne’s Craft Barbecue).

Weekender Pass
Thursday, April 2 – Sunday, April 5

Early entry and all-you-can-eat-and-drink access to all six signature events.
$460 ($65 in savings compared to purchasing early entry tickets to each event individually)

Individual tickets and Weekender Passes can be purchased at FWFWF.com/tickets. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. For more information, visit FWFWF.com or follow us on Instagram or Facebook.


About Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is North Texas’ most celebrated cuisine and beverage festival, taking place over four days and nights in venues around our thriving culinary community. The festival’s growing roster of talented chefs and food artisans as well as craft brewers and distinctive vintners bring a range of tastes, styles and methods that reflect the diversity of the city itself. But it’s more than good food and good fun – it’s a good cause. Proceeds from the festival go to the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds for local grant programs and culinary scholarships. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $170,000 in scholarships to deserving students from Fort Worth. For more information about the festival and foundation, visit FWFWF.com.

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