Get Ready For The Second-annual Plano Food and Wine Festival

The second-annual Plano Food and Wine Festival, presented by Maggiano’s Little Italy and hosted at The District at The Shops at Willow Bend, today announced its extensive lineup of event entertainment and activities for the festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 2-7 p.m.

The festival will feature more than 100 wines from across the region, food from more than 25 local restaurants and food trucks, live music, craft beer and cocktails, culinary demonstrations and 60 boutiques and shops.

“The Plano Food and Wine Festival is a collection of the best that Plano has to offer,” said event organizer Lauren Stephan. “From neighborhood restaurants and top-notch wine selections to exciting live entertainment and local boutiques, community members and guests will get a taste of it all while enjoying the inviting outdoor Willow Bend atmosphere.”

In addition to live music, entertainment will include grape stomping competitions and culinary and mixology demonstrations from regional chefs at the culinary experience tent, presented by Waterton, where guests can learn tips to perfecting tableside guacamole and the secrets behind a crowd-pleasing charcuterie board.

Hosted at Plano’s newest dining and entertainment destination, The District at Willow Bend is home to chef-inspired restaurants like Knife, Mexican Bar Co., Whistle Britches and Terra Mediterranean, all of which will be providing food and drink samples at this year’s festival. Other event food partners will include The Shops at Willow Bend mainstays California Pizza Kitchen and Neiman Marcus’ Mariposa.

“The District at Willow Bend celebrates food and community, so the Plano Food and Wine Festival is a natural fit,” said Amy Medford, marketing director at The Shops at Willow Bend. “Last year, we hosted more than 3,000 guests and can’t wait to offer the special experience to our community again.”

General admission to the festival is free and open to all ages and leashed dogs. Food and wine tasting packages start at $20 and can be purchased here, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

About The Plano Food and Wine Festival

Created in 2018 and organized by SBG Hospitality, The Plano Food and Wine Festival is a celebration of local food, drink and community. The festival offers over 100 wine selections, local restaurants and food trucks, musicians, culinary experts and more in a family-friendly event hosted in Plano’s own backyard. This year’s event sponsors include Maggiano’s Little Italy, O’Neil Wysocki Family Law and Linder Legacy Group. For more information or to become a sponsor, visit

About The Shops at Willow Bend

Located at 6121 W. Park Blvd in Plano, Texas, The Shops at Willow Bend offers North Dallas customers a unique blend of Texas-style ambiance and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Its two levels feature more than 125 stores and restaurants, including Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Bose, California Pizza Kitchen and The Crayola Experience. The Shops at Willow Bend’s new restaurant district features chef-driven concepts including Ascension, Knife, Mexican Bar Co. Cocina, Terra Mediterranean, Whistle Britches and more coming next year.  For more information, visit