Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival Kick Off By Teal Gray

Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival Opening Ceremonies

By Teal Gray

What do you get when you mix twelve of the finest chefs in Fort Worth with Texas made craft beers, wines and great music?  The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival! I toured Fort Worth’s finest, starting with a taste of Braman Winery Chardonnay, moved through a sumptuous sampling of original creations by Chefs Lou Lambert, John Tesar, David McMillian, Andrew Dilda, Blaine Staniford, Donatella Trotti, Marcus Paslay, Molly McCook, Keith Hicks, Michael Thomson, Mark Hitri and Derek Venutolo, finished off with a shot of Firestone & Robertson TX Blended Whiskey.

This four day deliciously fun filled event is Co-Founded by Festival Director, Assistant General Manager of Reata Restaurant Russell Kirkpatrick and Reata Restaurant Owner Mike Micallef.

They have captured the essence of Fort Worth here and now. A timeless blend of style with a sophisticated pallet that rivals any fine cuisine I have tasted around the world. Yet you feel right at home with a nod to Fort Worth’s western roots for a put your boots on, throw your pearls down, and kick up your heels atmosphere.

Mayor Betsy Price was charming at the kick off.  She mastered the art of Sabering cleanly, the top off a bottle of Champagne to start the four day festival with roaring cheers from the crowd. Her pride in the city shines through as she talks of the history and future of Fort Worth. With good reason, standing in the historic Stockyards area you feel the Western heritage all around you. When the chime of boot spurs, and soft cattle calls were the music of the night. But not this night!  The festivities move from Club 81 to Billy Bob’s next door for Stoney LaRue, one of the icons of the Red Dirt Music movement.

So join in celebrating the Kick-Off year of one of the best festivals I have ever attended!

Teal Gray

Regular contributor to Tessie’s Take on

Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival: Opening Ceremonies