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Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival announces 2017 dates and events

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It’s time to save the date and plan to attend the fourth annual Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival. The Festival will take place at different venues around town for three scrumptious days and nights − March 30 through April 1.

This has become one of Fort Worth’s most anticipated annual celebrations, as well as the largest wine event in the metroplex.

Beginning today, foodies can purchase general admission or VIP tickets to each of the festival’s five signature events. Ticket holders receive entry into the event and all-you-can-eat-and-drink access, while VIP ticket holders are granted early entry.

The festival is more than good food and good fun – it’s also for a good cause. Proceeds from the three-day event go to the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds for local grant programs and culinary scholarships, educating and mentoring the next generation of industry professionals.

To date, the Foundation has awarded about $70,000 in scholarships to deserving students from Fort Worth. For more information about the festival and foundation, visit


Kickoff Event: BBQ Showdown

W.R. Watt Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center – Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

$60 general admission ticket, $75 VIP ticket

Pit masters from across the state will come together to celebrate the festival launch and share their creations with guests. Enjoy BBQ along with some tasty sides from around North Texas, including the famed Hill Country, and look for lots of great barbecue-worthy beverages as well. Fans will select their favorite dish, which will be crowned “The Best BBQ of the FWFWF.”

The Main Event

Pier 1 Imports Building – Friday, March 31, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

$125 general admission ticket, $150 VIP ticket

This luxurious feast is your chance to indulge. They will be pouring more than 100 exceptional wines, craft beers and spirits from near and far to pair perfectly with food from the best North Texas chefs, restaurateurs, artisan producers and crafters. You don’t want to miss this signature event.

Desserts After Dark

The Shack at Panther Island – Friday, March 31, 2016, 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

$55 general admission ticket, $65 VIP ticket

Time to sip a true Texas cocktail, enjoy sweet somethings and dance the night away. Twelve pastry chefs and 12 mixologists will create special eats and drinks – and guests will vote for their favorites. A local DJ will be mixing tunes to light up the night, too.

Rise + Dine

Pier 1 Imports Building – Saturday, April 1, 2016, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

$65 general admission ticket, $75 VIP ticket

Saturday brunch gets the FWFWF treatment, with noted area restaurants contributing the best breakfast and brunch dishes, from eggs Benedict to breakfast tacos, plus a generous selection of craft beer, specialty wines and spirits. Or give your favorite brunch-time beverages an upgrade with our mimosa and bloody Mary bars.

Burgers, Brews + Blues

Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork – Saturday, April 1, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

$70 general admission ticket, $85 VIP ticket

FWFWF is celebrating a trio of all-American classics – sliders, craft beer and blues – at this rockin’ party on ranchland along the Trinity River. Thirteen chefs will be grilling up their best miniature burgers and 22 craft breweries will be pouring two different beers. 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.

VIP All-Access Pass

Early entry and all-you-can-eat-and-drink access to all five events plus a Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival signature tasting trey and wine glass.

$400 ($50 in savings, compared to purchasing VIP tickets to each event individually).

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