May 20, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

The Memphis Food & Wine Festival returns after being cancelled in 2020.

3 min read

Thirty-seven chefs, from the Memphis area as well as from out of town, participated in the Memphis Food & Wine Festival Saturday night. 

Tables holding dishes served by individual chefs and vintners lined the outskirts of the Radians Amphitheater at Memphis Botanic Garden, while individual tables were scattered throughout the grass. Most attendees skipped the tables however, and walked around throughout the evening, trying a little bit of everything and chatting with friends. 

Scenes from the annual Memphis Food & Wine Festival at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.

“It’s a wonderful feeling,” Andreas Kisler, from The Peabody, said about being back at the Memphis Food & Wine Festival after it was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

Kisler was one of 23 local chefs to attend the festival. Like many of the local chefs, he has attended every Memphis Food & Wine Festival since the first year the event was held. 

The Peabody was serving beef brisket with portobello mushrooms, plated on a red and yellow yin and yang symbol made of red and yellow bell peppers sauce. 

The beef brisket portabella mushroom strudel dish is served at the annual Memphis Food & Wine Festival at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.

“It has a meaning to it,” Kisler said. 

There was music playing throughout the evening, but once the sun fully set and the twinkling lights lining the event turned on, it started in full force on the main stage. Musical acts included Mississippi blues and folk guitarist and vocalist Terry “Big T” Williams, and Memphis locals The Handy Band and Ghost Town Blues Band.

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