Memphis Food & Wine Festival Ticket Giveaway (Ended)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 10th 2017 866 0

This year, Memphis Food & Wine Fest is back at the Botanic Garden on October 14, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $200 each, which gives you access to tastings from 34 chefs and more than 40 wines. This isn’t frosé, y’all. This is the real deal.

Photo by Justin Fox Burks

I’m giving away a PAIR of tickets ($400 value) to one lucky I Love Memphis reader. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to go.

**Congrats to our winner, Michelle C.! Thanks so all who entered; this was the most entertaining comment section I’ve seen maybe ever.** 

For an additional entry, post a photo on Instagram – it has to be Instagram – and use both #ilovememphis and #memphisfoodandwinefestival. The photo can be of anything you love about Memphis food.

I will do a random drawing on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Photo by Justin Fox Burks

Let me tell you a story…

In the sad, dark days before the Memphis Food & Wine Festival came to town, Memphis foodies and wine lovers had to schlep to far and distant lands to experience this particular kind of event.

We were starved for such a snazzy evening of sips and bites from local and visiting chefs from around the world on a large enough scale that we wouldn’t leave hungry or sober.

But hark! Last year a light shone through the festival darkness, and Memphis Food & Wine fest was born. And there was much rejoicing! There were rave reviews from folks who’d experienced other such fests and were happy to finally have one at home, and there was a big check given to LeBonheur’s FedExFamilyHouse to the tune of $100,000. 

But seriously, if you can splurge on tickets – and I realize most of us can’t – it’ll be well worth it. You must read this first hand account of last year’s event from Andrea LeTard to get an idea of what to expect.

But just in case TL;DR, she says that you can look forward to:

Some of the best wine you’ll ever drink
Bites of food from award winning chefs
Unique food you may never try otherwise
A lovely, picturesque atmosphere
Homegrown, soulful Memphis music

If that’s just way out of your budget, I understand. Check out the Cooper Young Beerfest which is earlier on the same day (Saturday the 14th). Tickets are $50 for as much craft beer as you can responsibly taste. Or, next weekend is Soulsville USA Festival, which is free admission with food for sale.

In the meantime, don’t forget to leave a comment on this post to enter a pair of tickets, and post a yummy looking Memphis food post on Instagram (with correct hashtags) for a second entry.

Go there:

Memphis Food & Wine Festival
Memphis Botanic Garden
October 14, 2017
memphisfoodwinefestival.org


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. lauren says:

    because i love wine and food and am on a tight budget!

  2. Melanie Hawkins says:

    I would like to go to the Memphis Food and Wine festival because I’ve always wanted to go but never been able to afford tickets. I would bring my mom as my date because she’s the hardest working person I know who deserves all the food and all the wine. I also have a cute new outfit that needs to be seen.

  3. Jenna Jordan says:

    Please, oh please, pick me!!! I would love to go with my boyfriend or my best friend and eat and eat and eat. Oh, and drink all the wine because, let’s face it. Wine is life, y’all.

  4. Carla Fraser says:

    I would love to be able to try some new food and wine at the Botanic Gardens while listening to some Memphis music!

  5. Max Koss says:

    I don’t have anything on the calendar Saturday night.

  6. Grace Ozment says:

    Sounds just wonderful. I have never attended but would absolutely love the experience!!! I am sure!!!! Living Memphis at it’s Best!!!!

  7. Nick says:

    Because I’d love to attend something like this.

  8. Irwin says:

    I would so love to go to this event because I love food and I love Memphis!!

  9. Ashlee says:

    I would love to go to this event. I was lucky enough to work somewhere that gave me tickets to go to this a few years back. It was incredible. I love wine and the ambiance is absolutely amazing. I’m a huge fan of the botanic garden in general and try to make it to their less pricey events. Thought I would shoot my shot!

  10. Collin Barrett says:

    I would love to take my wife to this. We are relatively new to wine, and would love the chance to taste a lot of kinds at once!

  11. Brian Jones says:

    Wine + Food + Gardens = Perfect

  12. Anne M says:

    Because I love wine, I love food, I love Memphis, but MOST importantly I love YOU.

  13. Emily says:

    I have a friend coming to town and I can’t think of a better way to show off memphis!

  14. Michael says:

    The tickets won’t even be for me. My brother and his wife love events like his but have a soon to be 2 year old and I would love to do something nice for them and babysit and allow them to attend the event.

  15. Jacob says:

    why not?

  16. Dean Jones says:

    I have a major foodie and I cannot think of many things that would be more fun or exciting to get to do than to go to the Memphis Food & Wine Festival

  17. Caroline Bauman says:

    I want to go because there are few things that I love more than wine and food, and I would really love to experience food samplings from so many amazing chiefs.

  18. Tamara says:

    The answer may not lie at the bottom of a wine bottle.
    But at least you should check.

  19. Meghan says:

    I tried to go last year but I slept all day and the girl I was supposed to go with took her professor instead. Like the professor couldn’t have afforded it himself. He was always bragging about his personal library and opening $200 barolos and being like “This is ooook, I guuuuuess.” My fault for oversleeping but real talk, it had been a long night. Oh and if picked, I’ll take someone else’s husband.

  20. Susanne says:

    I’d love to go because I love to eat. Plus I’d score major points with this as a date night option.

  21. Callie Kinnane says:

    I would love the opportunity to attend this event! I’m currently away at college & miss Memphis food EVERY SINGLE DAY! Thanks so much for posting this opportunity.

  22. Donnie Linville says:

    I am an Uber driver and ur blog loads me up w/valuable info 2 give my out-of-town guests. I also give them ur site 4 current & future visits. Thanks. Now 4 the Wine Festival; I have no desire 2 go, but would love 2 win 4 my sister-in-law Vicky. She would love it & be in Hog Heaven. A wine expert who experiments with growing grapes on their farm in Rossville. This would give me some serious brownie points, that I desperately am in need of. So, help a needy brother-in-law out. Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!.

  23. Maureen bernot says:

    Would love to experience the best of Memphis. My mouth waters at the thought.

  24. Karen McKinney says:

    Hello, I want to go because I’m from Bakersfield California a small City and since I’ve been in Memphis I have really grown to love it for all the activities that go on the different cultural events. I love the hospitality and I love what you do by sharing what’s going on every day. This has really helped me. This is going to be exciting and I’d love to be there.

  25. Jay Sieleman says:

    I want to go because it is The Memphis foodie and winie event. And if I go there, the winner of the I Love Memphis giveaway, people will know immediately that I must have good taste because I follow you!!

  26. Veronica says:

    Would love to go with my husband to celebrate my birthday!

  27. Elizabeth Ennis says:

    I’m dying to go to the Memphis Food and Wine festival! As a lover of ALL food and wine, this is my kind of festival! But also, I love to see the great culinary talent Memphis has to offer!

  28. Joseph says:

    This would be a perfect anniversary for my wife and me.

  29. Clint Cantwell says:

    As someone who lives food, breaths food, and even dreams of food, the chance to attend the Memphis Food & Wine Festival and spend time with some of the country’s best chefs would be the highlight of my year (if not more)!

  30. Brad Wheeler says:

    This would be perfect for my wife and I to get out enjoy some great food and wine away from the kiddos. Our anniversary was just weeks ago, so this would be Awesome!!!! #ilovememphis #tothebone

  31. Josh Campbell says:

    My son has homecoming that night. I want to drop him off and take the wife to this. So he is taken care of and we have free night which is rare.

  32. BOBBY WILKERSON says:

    I would LOVE to go to this event! I could never go to something this expensive without winning tickets…just being honest. I LOVE Memphis, I LOVE food, I LOVE wine, I LOVE the Botanic Gardens, and I LOVE Holly Whitfield!!!!

  33. Kayla says:

    Because I’m dying to meet Guy Savoy!

  34. Matthew Preston says:

    I love wine, and both me and my pregnant wife love to eat. Both of those things against the backdrop of the botanic gardens, with Memphis music wafting warmly through the air, sounds like a good as heck time to me.

  35. Nick Fromtheinternet says:

    What an opportunity for the wife and I to have a kid-free evening!

  36. Alan says:

    Would love to be able to take my wife and eat some good food!!!

  37. Tara says:

    Oooooh, I would LOVE to check it out

  38. Tiffany wheeler says:

    This would be a great experience with my husband. We don’t get to spend a lot of time away from the kids so this would be awesome for us.

  39. Sarah Cole says:

    I want to go to the Memphis Food and Wine Festival because Memphis is the BEST PLACE to bring together so much love for food and wine. Seeing so many different chefs and winemakers showcased in one location is the DREAM!

  40. Cassius Cole says:

    The reason I want the tickets is to make my beautiful wife very happy. We both love wine and Memphis food and this would make her so happy to be able to take her to this awesome event.

  41. Ian says:

    I love everything that Memphis has to offer and exploring!

  42. Tim Keough says:

    In a city that has become an iconic image of American Southern cuisine, this event epitomizes the infinitesimally powerful gift of localized-meet-international culinary talent in their prime, who give birth to the wonders of what we deem not just as Memphis food, but as the food that muses the spirit and soul of America. It is my hope to witness it in 2017.

  43. Karen Golightly says:

    I love food. I love wine. I hate beer. Except Gotta Get Up to Get Down, which tastes more like wine than beer. Oh and I like backgammon.

  44. Lynette Larkins says:

    Still relatively new to Memphis and I have heard great things about this one! Would love to check it out but the price point is a bit much to swallow. Unlike the wine, never too much of that to swallow. Would love to do lots of swallowing of wine at the festival in fact!

  45. Mayte says:

    My mom is coming in town this weekend and we are celebrating her birthday (it was last month) but we could not get together until this weekend. This would be such a wonderful present for her! Also we are both huge winosss

  46. Kristen says:

    I want to winnnnnnn!!

  47. Kristin Ferryman says:

    I would love to attend and enjoy the beautiful scenery, yummy food, and fine wine! Thank you for offering the giveaway contest.

  48. Hinson says:

    Couple of things to clarify before I throw my hat in the ring here: 1. Do you have to have sleeves on your shirt to attend? 2. Is the wine boxed? If so then I would love to attend this event with my wife. Which means my wife will probably take the tickets and go with a friend thereby forcing me to purchase my own ticket. Watch out Meghan it could be you!!

  49. Kristy Schmidt says:

    I love wine! As I said before…..I have only been in Memphis for 1 year. So looking to learn more about the events in the city 🙂

  50. Jennifer Mason says:

    I want to go because I like to try new foods/wines and I have never been before.

  51. Alicia Whittle says:

    I have been wanting to go to something like this for years. I have four kids and just need a break.

  52. Gretchen says:

    What an amazing giveaway! My husband and I haven’t been on a date in Memphis since BBQ Fest. Yep. You read that right. BBQ Fest. We are south Louisiana food (and booze) lovers who moved to Memphis almost two years ago, and with two kids under 5, we don’t have much opportunity to get out. An awesome event like this would be SO much fun, and we could still afford a babysitter. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  53. Max says:

    My pants are getting too big. Picking me could really fix this problem.

  54. Andrea Price says:

    I want to go because OM NOM NOM! This looks amazing!

  55. Fred P. says:

    Wine, that’s me.
    Food, Memphis … me, me.
    Festival, me aslo…
    I am REALLY close on this one… really, really close.

  56. Wendi S. says:

    My husband and I would love the opportunity to go as we have never been before. We love to try new restaurants and happy hours around Memphis and would love to chance to go to more, but sadly the dining experiences tend to rack up :/ please consider choosing us to attend!!

  57. Gretchen says:

    My husband and I haven’t been on a date since BBQ Fest. Yep. You read that right. BBQ FEST. We are from South Louisiana originally so we are obsessed with food and booze. We moved here about two years ago with our two kids under the age of 5. We don’t get out much, but this would be a perfect grown-up event and we could still afford our babysitter!

  58. Precious says:

    I love Memphis, the food, the smells, the music, the art! So, why not enjoy them all together in perfection!

  59. Corinne Roels says:

    Oh my gosh I would absolutely love to win these tickets. I just moved to the Memphis area from Phoenix, AZ about a month and a half ago, so I am always looking for opportunities to get involved in the area!
    My boyfriend’s mom mentioned that she wanted to go last weekend, and it is HER BIRTHDAY WEEKEND (!!) so I would so love the opportunity to take her. She travels a lot and I think she would really love some R&R!

  60. Jordan says:

    I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to taste amazing Memphis food and wine. This kind of event epitomizes my life!

  61. Nikki says:

    I’ve always wanted to go but tickets are so expensive. I love the venue, and who doesn’t love good food and wine?!

  62. Nancy Beard says:

    Ready to eat, drink, and be merry!

  63. Mandy says:

    I’m a health coach in Columbia, SC studying to be a personal chef, and my husband is in restaurant management. It is our dream to one day own our own restaurant, so we are trying to gain experience and knowledge from the best of the best! We love to travel and especially to places like Memphis because we are musicians so our passions are full force with this festival and we would love to go feel our feet ten feet off of Beale!

  64. Lycia says:

    How sweet of you to give two tickets away for this event. I would love to be the receipent of these so I can eat and drink the nite away enjoying some of the best food in the mid- south as well as the world.

  65. Taylor M. says:

    My husband and I would love to attend this great event, one because we’re self-proclaimed foodies and enjoy trying new foods in the city, but mainly because the profits are going to an amazing cause! I am not a wine connoisseur, but I would love to try some of the best wines that are offered and to get him to expand his palette (beyond domestic beer) 🙂

  66. Jed Chaney says:

    I’ve never had a single food or a single wine. I’m hoping that this might help me change that.

  67. Cindi says:

    My hubby and I would love to attend this awesome food and wine event, but it is not in the budget this year! Winning tickets would be awesome!!! 🙂 Pick Me, Pick Me!!!! I Love Memphis!!!!!

  68. Karen Golightly says:

    I like food. I like wine. I hate beer. Except Gotta Get Up to Get Down, which is more like coffee or wine than beer. And I like backgammon.

  69. Fallon Howard says:

    It seems like a really fun event to attend, my friend and I wanted to go but it’s not in our budget right now. So it would be awesome to win tickets! 🙂

  70. Katie says:

    I’d love to go with my husband! We both LOVE food and wine, and would love a date night since we have a 5 month old!

  71. RIa van der Aa says:

    I would love to go and experience the food and wine fest of Memphis. Thanks

  72. Bekah McDuffie says:

    This was made for me and I was made for this.

  73. Kate E. says:

    New to Memphis – would love to get a chance to see the Botanic Gardens while surrounded by great food and wine.

  74. Molly Polatty says:

    I love all the chefs involved! I tend to the be the go-to person when people want a restaurant recommendation in Memphis. I’m one of the original members of the #CALunchBunch with Jennifer Biggs. Alas, my budget doesn’t lend itself to purchase a ticket.

  75. Austin Crowder says:

    I want to go because it is about to be my wife’s 30th birthday and she would love me forever if I ended up taking her to that (Hopefully she still will otherwise, but there are no guarantees without those tickets.)

  76. Stephanie says:

    I love exploring Memphis on the weekends with my boyfriend! I’m a graduate student at UTHSC and he’s finishing up undergrad at the University of Memphis, so an event like the Memphis Food and Wine Festival would really be a treat!

  77. Darin Frase says:

    I moved here from Chattanooga a few years ago, and I have not been able to attend this festival. I went to many festivals like this in Chattanooga and would like to be able to share my experience with those in Chattanooga. We love MEMPHIS and attend/ participate in as many festivals as possible. This would be a great surprise for my wife!!

  78. Catherine Boone says:

    New to Memphis, from Atlanta, 2 months.
    I enjoy so many new things to do and the Atlanta Zoo would always have an event similar to this one with Wine and Snacks. I want to feel welcome in this state by being allowed to go.

  79. Hallie says:

    I spent almost ten years working in fine dining in Memphis – at alchemy, Strano, flight, and andrew michaels. I loved learning about the wine, the food, and supporting locally owned eateries. I had to stop working At these places I loved so much when I began graduate school… and now I spend my nights home working mostly as opposed to enjoying the fantastic food and drink our city has to offer. I would absolutely LOVE to go to this and enjoy the finer things of Memphis!

  80. Carolyn Randall says:

    I would love to win these tickets because it’s the only way I can go to this amazing event!!

  81. Amy Pepke says:

    The soul of a city is reflected in it’s food — and no city has more soul than Memphis! A gathering of the best food artists in town in one place, you better believe I would love to go!

  82. Kate says:

    Because I want all of the delicious food ❤️

  83. Eugene says:

    The Wine and Food festival would be a great way for my newly pregnant wife and I to spend a Saturday night! Her days where she can eat just anything are numbered, and this would be a fantastic “last meal”, so to speak!

  84. Casey says:

    Not to should CHEESY but I will WINE about it all night if I don’t get to experience the best of the best in my favorite city!

  85. Matt Perki s says:

    I’ve been looking for more events to get involved with in the Memphis area, and would absolutely love the opportunity to try this festival out.

  86. Daniela says:

    I would love an opportunity to attend the Memphis Food and Wine Festival!! I work a pretty challenging job caring for sick children and the way I cope is to go out to eat with my boyfriend or friends and just savor the atmosphere, food and drinks and the experience of a delicious meal. I love to cook at home as well but enjoy special nights tasting all of the amazing food that Memphis has to offer!! This weekend also happens to be my birthday and this event would be an amazing present! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  87. Ronda says:

    I love this blog. I try out many different food places I have never been and take a friend along with me.
    I have never been to this event before and would love to see what’s Memphis has to offer us. I love to eat and try new things.

  88. Lindsay Bradshaw says:

    I would love to attend this event. It not only showcases the fantastic chefs that call Memphis home but so many others from all over the country. What a fantastic event to celebrate the talent here in our city and raise money for such a wonderful cause. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend Saturday night.

  89. Brandon says:

    I’d love to take my wife on a very nice surprise date, and this fabulous event seems like a great option! Pick us!

  90. Kelsey Clarkson says:

    I have about 20 fancy dresses that have not been worn in public and I’m much nicer than my normal self once I’ve had some delicious wine. I think these are really the best reasons.

  91. Lindy Wilson says:

    I would love to go for a newlywed date night with husband!!

  92. R says:

    Bc I’m hungry

  93. Anna says:

    I never win anything and really want to win this! I’ve only been in Memphis for a year and a half. I already love this city and it would be fun to try new foods and wines while listening to great music!

  94. Corey says:

    The reason why I would love tickets is to give to my girlfriend, and mother of my child, an evening to relax and enjoy food from top chefs and wine. We’ve been having some tough times juggling family life and work. It would be great for her not to worry for a few hours. Your blog is wonderful. Thanks so much.

  95. Pete says:

    MUST FEED THE MACHINE

  96. Jordan says:

    My mom and I have been planning to go to this for her birthday. She has always wanted to go! Then we saw ticket prices and it was a no go for us unfortunately. 🙁 She has been so bummed and I’ve tried thinking of anything I could do to still make this happen for her with no luck.

    I would love to be able to surprise her with her dream come true on her birthday! We are HUGE food and wine lovers (getting dressed up and being social isn’t so bad either) so this event was made for us. Sincerely, hopeful daughter! <3

  97. Beth says:

    I’d love to go to this event because my husband I, in addition to our deep love of all things food and drink and Memphis, just had our second child (to go along with our 2 year old). Mama needs a fabulous night out in the 901!

  98. Brandon Valentine says:

    I want to go because I’ve never been in. Plus I enjoy an adult beverage or 2.

  99. Karen says:

    Please pick me. I’m a broke nursing student that needs wine.

  100. Robert says:

    Because my dad wrote this awesome cookbook and maybe I can prospect to get him plugged into a future event…

    http://a.co/djmi8JV

  101. Jasmine says:

    I would love to attend this Festival because it’d be another great Memphis Festival I get to check off my Festival list! It’s also a great opportunity to get to see all the amazing food Memphis offers and what a great place to really show your Memphis than the Food+Wine Festival

  102. Shannon Little says:

    Because food, wine and Memphis are my #1 jams.

  103. Dave says:

    I’d love to go because wine is life, and look at the lineup of chefs! Where else in Memphis could you find a Michelin 3-star experience with amazing wine pairings? I mean, I guess you could take a Bota box with you on a Summer Ave taco truck crawl. That’s not a bad idea, really. Coming soon, the Memphis Box Wine & Taco Truck Fest!! In the meantime, though, Food & Wine Festival will have to do. My partner would love it, too. I just hope she would give me the 2nd ticket!

  104. Art Richey says:

    Want to experience a great evening of food and wine in our great city!

  105. Emily says:

    I would love to go to Memphis food and wine festival as a Memphis transplant. There never seems to be enough time to try all of the delicious food here!

  106. Jenna says:

    I would LOVE to win these tickets as I have just finished my masters degree and haven’t had fun in 2 years due to the amount of studying I’ve done! If I were to win these tickets, I would be so appreciative. I can’t purchase these tickets myself because of my student loans. Also, I always find things to do around Memphis because of this blog. I love it. Thank you!!

  107. Jenna says:

    I would love to go as I just finished school and haven’t had fun in the 2 years of school due to studying! I would be soooo appreciative.

  108. Dabney says:

    I would love to think of some funny comment or heartfelt thing about how this would be perfect, but the bottom line is that I just like to win things and then enjoy the spoils of victory. So, pick me!

  109. Jessica S says:

    This looks like such a fun event, and my husband and I could desperately use a date night!!

  110. Sarah Kiser says:

    Because wine! And it sounds like such a fun chance to indulge and be fancy.

  111. Sarah says:

    I would love to go and experience all that Memphis has to offer! Plus it’s a good excuse to ask my crush out

  112. Karen says:

    Because we are in serious need of a nice date night but too poor!

  113. Suzi says:

    I want to experience how our Memphus chefs stack up to the out of town competition! I know Memphis will win!

  114. Laurie Amend says:

    Recent NYS transplant to Memphis area. Frequent visitor to Finger Lakes wineries year round! My hubby makes wine … italian reds. Would love to see what Memphis has to offer and compare our wines. (Would love for you to try a bottle of ours!)

  115. Halle Priester says:

    What a dream!! Hope I win these tickets 🙂

  116. Christina Babu says:

    I want to go because food and wine are the only things that make me happy.

  117. Willis Green says:

    Thank you for your article. Reading this makes me want to go more than ever! I want to surprise my wife by taking her because she is the best mother and wife.

  118. Halle Priester says:

    To clarify, I want to go because I absolutely adore Memphis cuisine – a perfect mix of soul, tradition, and innovation!

  119. Zac Cox says:

    Memphis has the best and tastiest food! It would be a dream come true to have it all in one place! And wine to top it all off!?! Now that’s the cherry on top!

  120. Pat says:

    I would love to win these to take my beautiful fiancée there for her birthday!

  121. William Parsons says:

    I’d like to win the tickets so I can take my wife there as a gift for our wedding anniversary (that’s Oct. 12). She has expressed her strong desire to go, but we simply can’t afford it. I hope you consider me. Thanks.

  122. Jodie Greear says:

    I want these tickets!! I have been obsessed with food for as long as I can remember, which definitely worsened after moving to Memphis. Memphis has such a great food scene, it almost ruins eating on vacations unless you’re going somewhere like NOLA. Anyways, I would LOVE to win these tickets!

  123. Shellye McAlister says:

    I want to go to food and wine festival for such a special reason. Not to get too personal and sappy, but I just lost my family dog today after 8 loving years. Our hearts are broken and we could really use a night out together. I cling to the memories of cooking in the kitchen, sipping wine, and Marshall being at my feet waiting on any scrap to hit the floor. No better way to celebrate his wonderful life than with an evening full of wine and food to remember our precious pup.

  124. Valarie powell says:

    I think I need this because I have never been, I work long 10 hour days and need to have fun! I also love love love wine! I need a break badly!

  125. Faren Lee says:

    I would LOVE to go because 1.) I’ve never been to something so cool. 2.) I think I’d have a really great time & would be super thankful to win. 3.) I love anything Memphis related!

  126. Jonathan says:

    I can’t afford to do anything nice like this for my girlfriend.

  127. Do Nguyen says:

    I would love to go because my wife and I are really big foodies! I think this event is great for the city. She’s out of town on a work trip and this would be a great surprise when she gets back Saturday

  128. Kaitlin Higginbotham says:

    I have never been to Memphis food and wine festival, and I’ve lived in Memphis my entire life My boyfriend and I got together because of our love for wine- we met at a winery actually. Biltmore estates in NC! The pic is on my Instagram. Our new favorite (cheap) wine is Relax, and plan on traveling to try more wines around the nation. He moved here from South Carolina (just for me), so showing him how Memphis does food and wine festivals would be the best way to introduce him to our city!

  129. Nicole Kolenic says:

    I spend most of my money on medical bills when I’m not at work or sleeping so a fancy night out would be great!

  130. Julie Dawson says:

    I would like 2 tickets, because my friend marcy & I like to eat & drink, but we are too poor for this event.

  131. Angela says:

    My 3 favorite things: Wine, Memphis, and good eatin!

  132. Jason says:

    One of the things I have been doing with my new girlfriend is to get her to explore and love memphis more. In a fee months I have introduced her to a wide range of fun activities and good food. However this one would currently be above my price point. Is love to help her banish sad days!

  133. Katie M says:

    Because food and wine are two of my favorite things!

  134. Lindsay Bradshaw says:

    I would love to attend this event! It not only raises money for such an incredible organization but it also showcases so many talented chefs that call Memphis home. This event will also be a great opportunity to see other amazing chefs from around the country that I may not be able to see otherwise. Cheers!!

  135. Kyle F. says:

    I’d like to go because I’ve been binge-watching seasons of Top Chef and would love to try some creative food in Memphis, especially now that it finally feels like Fall outside!

  136. Leslee Tarbett says:

    The food in Memphis is incredible and I would love to experience all of the delicious offerings the festival has to offer. This event is my jam!!!

  137. Leslee Tarbett says:

    Yum! I would LOVE to go to this incredible event! Please pick me!

  138. Charity says:

    I’m entering for my friend who spends hours every week volunteering for women in need. Plus she has three kids under the age of 6, two of which she homeschools!

  139. Michelle Culver says:

    To my beloved..

    Holly Whitfield,

    A luxurious chance to wine and dine?
    Coming across this post was surely a sign.
    Drinking wine is my greatest passion.
    Liquid grapes never go out of fashion!

    Oh, how my soul yearns for such a night.
    What a treat it would be since money is tight.
    I haven’t explored Memphis much.
    Going to this festival is totally clutch.

    I’ll do whatever it takes to win this drawing.
    Push-ups, crunches or even lawn mowing.
    I hope to hear from you tomorrow.
    Otherwise I will be full of sorrow.

    <3

  140. Lydia says:

    I just spent most of the night majorly stressing about student loans and budgets. This would be a nice break from packages of ramen noodles and box wine.

  141. Jana Welch says:

    Food, wine, new flavors, music and Memphis soul – yes! Send me to the Memphis Food and Wine Festival so I can partake and enjoy it all! ♡ #gritanddine

  142. Michelle says:

    SOS- drowning in diapers, homework journals and dirty dishes- this mama of 4 needs a Cinderella night away from the madhouse! Help!

  143. Whitney Williams says:

    I would love to go because great food and wine and being outdoors in Memphis in October would equal a near perfect night. Plus life could use a happy right now for me…being in a rut would be an understatement

  144. Sarah says:

    I really want to have the whole Memphis experience I would share this moment with my best friend! I know we would have the most amazing time. Plus I really want to meet you!! I moved to Memphis last fall and still exploring all this great city has to offer. This is the best of both worlds.

    #ilovememphis

    <3 Sarah

  145. Brit McDaniel says:

    Aside from eating allll the yummy food?! I’d love a chance to chat with chefs and hopefully find some inspiration for new serving-focused ceramic designs!

  146. Melissa says:

    Because this is the greatest thing to come to Memphis! We fancy, ya’ll.

  147. Allie says:

    I want to hold my wine glass by the bottom of the stem and swish my wine around haughtily.

  148. Hayley Carpenter says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to something like this but could never afford it. I want to go because who doesn’t enjoy food made by some truly talented people…and wine! What a great opportunity to try new things and discover what Memphis has to offer!

  149. Margaret Morton says:

    My parents are coming in town and have tickets and my husband and I really want to join! I had tickets last year but didn’t get to go!

  150. Erica Bodine says:

    This would be a fantastic day-after-my birthday treat for me!

  151. Ronna Woods says:

    I love Memphis – WINE & FOOD – and the Botanical Garden!!! Plus this would be a Great Girl’s Night Out!!!

  152. Ashley says:

    I would love to have a wonderful, much needed date night with my partner (without the little one)!!! We weren’t able to celebrate our anniversary this past month and this would more than make up for it!!

  153. Teddy Gorman says:

    I should get the tickets because there arent many advocates for Memphis Food & Wine on my level. In addition to telling them about the ilovememphis blog, and its assorted guides, I literally send newcomers & some natives my own personal list of favorite restaurants & dishes when I meet them.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/6cmutquy47pbiyi/Memphis%20Restaurants%20-%20updated%2009.17.docx?dl=0

    Also, i need a pick-me-up after having an amazing day at Best Memphis Burger Fest that garnered a pretty disappointing turnout of festival goers.

  154. Ray says:

    I need these tickets because I will be very depressed after Navy beats our Tigers. My only chance to avoid abject depression will be to drown myself with good wine and bathe in the dopamine that comes from a belly full of good food.

  155. Sarah Edge says:

    I love food, wine, Memphis and sharing my Memphis foodie stories with my friends. Recommending someone to my favorite Memphis restaurants and them enjoying it makes my heart sing! Pick me!

  156. Katie Jarvis says:

    I would LOVE to come home and experience this food and wine festival! I would love to come be a part of this wonderful experience!

  157. Lauren says:

    Came here for the comments. And maybe some wine and food tickets 😉

  158. Steve Woods says:

    My wife would love to attend such a fancy affair

  159. Amanda T says:

    Haven’t had a date night with my other half in a long long time and would love to surprise him with an incredibly delicious night out!

  160. Katie W says:

    I was born and raised in Memphis but somehow I have missed out on some classic Memphis faves!! Food and wine = life.

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