Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post however I did receive tickets to the event in return for the publication. As always, all opinions are my own. #FWFWF #FortWorthTX
This past weekend, the second annual Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival was held throughout Fort Worth. For the chance to experience the very best of Fort Worth’s food, wine and breweries, this is the event that everyone would want to attend. A chance to mingle with the top chefs, restauranteurs, business owners, brewers and wine connoisseurs leaves all humbly satisfied that they’ve chosen to set themselves up in this unbelievable town.
Over the span of four days, more than six events take place providing the opportunity to savor the best of the best. Grab your friends and family to mingle with some of the most influential people in the area (Jon Bonnell was at every event) and experience something magical in some of the most unique venues in the area. Let’s awaken our taste buds and expand our horizons.
Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing our experience at the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival. Of course this includes our favorites and recommendations, lots of pictures to get your mouth watering and a couple bucket lists to help you experience the best of Fort Worth for yourselves!
BBQ at Billy Bob’s
What better way to start the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival than with BBQ at Billy Bob’s. Capturing what everyone first comes to Fort Worth to experience – BBQ and live music in the World’s Largest Dancehall. The night wouldn’t have been complete without a little live Texas country provided by Wade Bowen. With sufficient room, great pairings and BBQ plates to choose from, every taste bud was satisfied. I was even convinced to try pig cheek…
Fort Worth Renaissance Worthington Hotel
Everything is bigger in Texas, including quality. Where no holds bar, this event showcased the the most exceptional items at this year’s Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival. Including presentations from some of the area’s most elite restaurants, local breweries and North Texas wines and spirits there was no limitation of the items that can be devoured. Lobster rolls, smoked salmon, bread pudding and jalapeño beer. (Yes, jalapeño beer and it was phenomenal.) This was the event to dress up a little and be ready for a evening of treating yourselves...
#LateNight Dessert After Dark
809 at Vickery
After leaving the Grand Tasting, we headed over to fix our sweet tooth. Held at one of the most unique venues in Fort Worth, 809 at Vickery, the sweet that we were looking for was found at Dessert After Dark. Garnered with white lights overhead, we enjoy an array of mixed cocktails and desserts. Of course there was a catch – each presentation had to incorporate Fort Worth’s own TX Whiskey. Each unique and extraordinary, we were provided the opportunity to vote on our favorite beverage and dessert of the evening…
Rise and Dine
Fort Worth Renaissance Worthington Hotel
What better way to start Saturday morning than with brunch. The greatest meal of the day exploded into a wide array of traditional breakfast options, pastries, seafood, pasta and even items with a kick (the shrimp and grits blew our minds). Plus, it’s never to early to pair your first meal of the day with a local brew, wine or champagne. Am I right? We all need to start the day off on the right foot and this was definitely the way to go!…
Burgers, Brews and Blues
Heart of the Ranch, Clearfork Main Street
The event that we most anticipated blew us away. Set at the Heart of the Ranch along the Trinity River, we were immediately relaxed and taken to what felt like the middle of the Texas country, with overhanging lights, a cool brew in hand and the smell of burgers sizzling on the grill. Our feet moving and hips swaying to the beat of the live blues coming from the stage, we could’ve stayed all night. This was an event that you’ll want to spend the entire evening with the closest friends and family and come back year after year. We were already talking about coming back next year before the event was even over! To provide an interesting twist, voting tokens are provided for the best burger and best local brew. Your taste buds have an impact too!…
Family Sunday Funday
The family event of the weekend is also the food truck lovers paradise. With plenty of space at the Coyote Drive-In location, the most unique mobile vendors congregated in one location to provide us all with a wide-array of options. From chuck-wagons, wings, cooking with the Southern flair, Tex-Mex influence and of course ice cream there was something for everyone. Options for adults, children and families there was definitely something for all ages…
We absolutely loved the time that we had over these last four days. Whether you live in the area or are planning to come in town to savor the event, this is one that you won’t want to miss and will only grow in the years to come. It’s quite the experience to brush shoulders and meet some of the top culinary executives in the industry that help to make Fort Worth the incredible town that it is. Where else can you find every single type of dish / restaurant in one place?! Make it a date night, group event with friends or a family day and be prepared to make new friends! There’s something for everyone!