The combination of perfect October weather, mouthwatering food, and never empty wine glasses left no doubts that the
2017 Memphis Food & Wine Festival was the Memphis culinary event of the year. Just ask any of the 2,500 attendees.

Our 2017 event brought over 30 chefs from around the world to Memphis Botanic Garden to whip up a variety of delicious dishes festival goers are still talking about. The menu included a diverse range of everything from Crudo of Hawaiian Kampachi (Chef Ken Frank, La Toque) to grilled Royal Red Shrimp with rum barrel hot sauce (Chef Tory McPhail, Commander's Palace) to Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup from headlining Chef Guy Savoy (Paris, France). Combined with generous wine samplings of more than 150 different wines from over 40 different wineries, there was not an empty stomach to be found.   

To date, the Memphis Food & Wine Festival has raised more than $200,000 for FedExFamilyHouse in just two short years. 


For a full recap of the 2017 event, check out the video below.  

“Memphis is one of most pivotal cities in the history of American culture - a simmering nexus of the blues and barbecue, Sun Studio and Stax Records, FedEx and fried chicken. But Memphis is a lot more than its history, too, and my trip to the Memphis Food & Wine Festival showed me that this city on the Mississippi River also happens to be flowing with contemporary culinary energy. I can’t imagine a food festival that serves up more sheer fun than this one. I had a blast and I didn’t want it to end.”
— Jeff Gordinier, Food & Drinks Editor, Esquire Magazine

On Saturday, October 15, 2016 more than 1,700 Mid-South food and wine aficionados took over Memphis Botanic Garden Saturday for the inaugural Memphis Food & Wine Festival. This event celebrated our city's culinary excellence by showcasing our exceptional local chef talent alongside acclaimed regional and national chefs. At this event guests sampled the cuisine of 27 different chefs from around the world including Michelin Star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Vivian Howard, Dominic Orsini, Ken Frank, and Deb Paquette.

Enhancing the chef lineup were more than 75 wines specially picked out by world-renowned vintners and certified sommeliers just for this event. Everyone knows a true Memphis event is not complete without some soulful blues and good ole rock ‘n roll, and festival goers were not disappointed with Memphis' own Ghost Town Blues Band and Royal Blues Band providing the evening's soundtrack.   

In total, the first Memphis Food & Wine Festival raised $100,000 for FedExFamilyHouse, expanding funds used to triple the housing capacity for this facility that serves as a home-away-from-home for out of town families of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital patients. 

Guest Chefs

Local Chefs

Alexander Valley Vineyards

American Estates



Cellars International

Charles Krug Winery

Constellation Brands

Copper Cane

Cornerstone Cellars

Crimson Wine Group

Deutsch Family Wines

Enovation Brands

Far Niente

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards

Fetzer Wines

Foley Family Wines

Frank Family Vineyards

Frederick Wildman

Freixenet & Gloria Ferrer

Gerard Bertrand

Hahn Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines Collection

K Vintners

King Estate


Martinelli Winery

Miner Family Wines

Quintessential Wines

Revana Family Wines


Robert Turner

Silver Oak & Twomey

Somerston Estate

The Sorting Table

Treasury Wine Estates

Wagner Family of Wines

The Winebow Group

Vineyard Brands