Girls Weekend: Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival, April 4-7

Round up your gal pals for a weekend of elevated food and drinks at the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival next weekend, April 4-7!


The festivial is now in its sixth year and is one of the most celebrated cuisine and beverage festivals in all of DFW. The festival’s growing roster of talented chefs and food artisans, as well as craft brewers and distinctive vintners, bring a range of tastes, styles and methods that reflect the diversity of the city itself. Plus, it’s all for a good cause! Proceeds from the event go to the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds for local grant programs and culinary scholarships. To date, the foundation raised more than $170,000 for grants and scholarships supporting deserving culinary students from Fort Worth!


Events lineup:


Tacos + Tequila
Thursday, April 4, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$50 general admissions, $60 early entry
18 chefs, including notable participants Robert Lyford (Patina Green Home and Market), Tuan Pham (Four Sisters) and Christian Lehrmann (Taco Heads), plus 12 beverage vendors will bring their very best to this late-night fiesta.

The Main Event
Friday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$125 general admission, $150 early entry
More than 100 exceptional wines, craft beers and spirits from near and far will pair perfectly with food from the best chefs, restaurateurs, artisan producers and crafters. Notable participating chefs include Donatella Trotti (Nonna Tata), Jon Bonnell (Bonnell’s Restaurant Group), Ben Merritt (Fixture) and Blain Staniford (Grace and Little Red Wasp Restaurants), plus 20 more!

Desserts After Dark
Friday, April 5, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Whiskey Ranch)
$60 general admission, $70 early entry
16 pastry chefs, including standouts Kate Weiser (Kate Weiser Chocolate), Katherine Sasser (Hurley House) and Lindsey Lawing (Sweet Lucy’s Pies), and 14 mixologists will create special eats and drinks.

Culinary Corral
Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$75 general admission (no early entry)
A four-hour celebration of the best of the fest will include more than two dozen chefs, like Jenna Kinard (Hotel Drover & 97 West Kitchen and Bar), Wade Chappell (Pearl Snap Kolaches) and Denise Shavandy (Café Modern). In addition, a beer garden, corkyard, artisan marketplace, live music and pop-up experiences will keep guests both full and entertained.

Burgers, Brews + Blues
Saturday, April 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$70 general admission, $85 early entry
13 chefs, including standouts John Tesar (Knife Burger), Daniel Pittman (LUCK at Trinity Groves) and Terry Chandler (Fred’s Texas Cafe) grill up their best mini-burgers and 22 craft breweries pour two different beers while celebrity judges and guests vote for their favorites.

Ring of Fire: A Next-Level Cookout
Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork)
$65 general admission, $75 early entry
To close out the festival weekend, Ring of Fire will bring together 22 chefs and 15 beverage participants to take the cookout concept to a whole new level. Barbecue will still get its due, but the event will feature a variety of live fire creations from chef like Barrett Black (The Original Black’s Barbecue), Matt Pittman (Meat Church) and Hans Peter Muller (Swiss Pastry Shop) – all paired with wine, beer and spirits.



Tickets are going fast, so get them ASAP. This will be an ultimate girls weekend you’ll never forget! We’ll cheers to that.

If you plan on going to multiple events, grab the Weekender Pass, where guests will get early entry and all-you-can-eat-and-drink access to all six events. ($450)

All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.


(Disclaimer: We are provided with media passes, and all opinions are our own.)


Photos: Farrar