Burger time: Check out the beef at the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival 2018
Pace yourself. The four-day feeding frenzy is celebrating year number six with a new location and a couple new events.
Most of this year’s Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival – which draws hundreds for a cultivated taste of Cowtown – will take place under the stars (and a few tents) at the Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork.
New this year is Saturday’s Culinary Corral (11 a.m.–3 p.m., $75), a brunch-themed event that replaces Rise + Dine. What’s different? In addition to the main tasting tent, there’ll be a beer garden and “corkyard,” plus an artisan marketplace and live music all day.
Also new is Sunday’s Ring of Fire: A Next Level Cookout (2–4 p.m., $65), which is not limited to barbecue. Roasted items will range from exotic meats to pizza. But the Hill Country’s Black’s Barbecue will be back.
Everything kicks off Thursday with Tacos + Tequila (8–10 p.m., $50). There’ll be about double the participants as last year, meaning shorter lines and more diversity. Unique participants include Four Sisters and McKinney’s beloved Patina Green Home and Market.
All of the usual suspects will be at The Main Event Friday night (6:30–9 p.m., $125), including Jon Bonnell (Waters, Bonnell’s), Blaine Staniford (Grace), Michael Thomson (Michaels Cuisine), Molly McCook (Ellerbe Fine Foods), Juan Rodriguez (Magdalena’s) and many, many more. Expect hundreds of wines from around the world, craft beers and spirits.
Desserts after Dark (9–11 p.m., $60) is the only event not taking place at the Heart of the Ranch. Guests are encouraged to take an Uber or Lyft to Firestone & Robertson’s Whiskey Ranch, where pastry chefs and bartenders will share their sweet somethings while DJ music plays late night.
Perhaps the most popular event is Burgers, Blues + Brews (6 – 9 p.m., $70), which takes place Saturday night and gives guests a glimpse at Dallas-Fort Worth’s best burgers. Rodeo Goat, Fred’s Texas Café and Knife Burger will all be there, along with under-the-radar favorites like Hookers Grill.
Festival proceeds go toward raising funds for local grant programs and culinary scholarships.