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Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival Preview – Events for April 2 and April 3, 2016

The 2016 FWFWF, continues its indulgent weekend-long celebration hosted at different locations throughout the city of Fort Worth. The remaining three events of this feeding frenzy will showcase everything from out-of-this-world brunch offerings and juicy burgers to treats that will delight all ages.

EVENT: Rise + Dine

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Pier 1 Imports Building

Saturday brunch was never more tasty or diverse than at this feast! Dozens of dream dishes from a dazzling assortment of noted area restaurants include eggs benedict, omelets, migas and huevos rancheros, bodacious biscuits and gravy, plus breakfast tacos that will go down in history. What’s more, there’s a big selection of craft beer, specialty wines and spirits, plus a mimosa bar and a Bloody Mary bar that allows you to craft just the right eye-opener. Just like The Main Event, this venue will also feature an outdoor area that will include live-fire cooking demos and a beer garden and a tented lounge area.

Expect breakfast and brunch items from savory to sweet at Rise + Dine:

• Aventino’s – Chris Hight

• Avoca Coffee Roasters – James Story

• The Black Rooster Bakery

• Bonnell’s – Jon Bonnell

• Café Modern – Denise Shavandy

• Cannon Chinese Kitchen – Scott Kaiser

• Dagwoods Fire Grill Tap – David Hollister

• Fixture Kitchen & Social Lounge – Ben Merritt

• FunkyTown Donuts – Brandon Moors

• FW Market + Table – Kalen Morgenstern

• Local Foods Kitchen – Katie Schma

• MAX’s Wine Dive – Stefon Rishel

• Pearl Snap Kolaches – Wade Chappell

• Reata Restaurant

• Salsa Limón

• Terra Mediterranean Grill  

• The Tavern

• Thai Tina’s

• Velvet Taco – John Franke

• Vintage Car Museum & Grill – Jerrett Joslin

• Vivo 53

• Waters Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine – Jon Bonnell

EVENT: Burgers, Brews & Blues

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork

At the Heart of the Ranch you will find eleven chefs grilling up their best mini-burgers, complemented by 22 craft breweries, each pouring two different beers for you to taste. Celebrity judges will choose their favorite burger while guests will again select a fan favorite for both burgers and beer. Throughout the evening, enjoy the live blues band lineup.

Thurber Mingus has an interesting entry that is sure to turn heads this year. “It is topped with braised wild Texas mushrooms blended with a bold lemon ricotta and Texas pesto,” says Coby Baumann, Chef and Owner of Thurber Mingus. “It is a perfect combination in one bite. It hits you with an earthiness from the mushrooms, creaminess from the cheese, a nice citrus note from the lemon and the pesto brings it all together at the end,” Baumann says. “The festival is a great way to introduce patrons to the unique and new flavors that the city has to offer.”

Some of the tastiest burgers in Fort Worth will be on hand at Burgers, Brews and Blues:

• Far Out Burger

• Fred’s Texas Café

• Kincaid’s Hamburgers

• Little Red Wasp – Blaine Staniford

• Luck

• Rodeo Goat

• Swiss Pastry Shop – Hans Muller

• Thurber Mingus – Coby Baumann

• Tommy’s Hamburger Grill

EVENT: Family Sunday Funday

WHEN: Saturday, April 3, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: The Shack at Panther Island

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