Guide To Memphis Food and Drink Festivals

Ultimate Guide To Memphis Food & Drink Fests

We love to eat and drink in Memphis. Here are more than ___ ways to enjoy Memphis food festivals, beer fests, wine events, and more. These events range from high-end to hoedown, from free to pricey, and everything in between.

If I'm missing something, add it to the blog's calendar and then shoot me an email at [email protected]. I've included events where food or beverage is the focus. For the Huge List of Events that has more stuff on it, click here. 

people eating chicken wings in a tent at a festival
Craig Thompson

Memphis Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

May 20 - 21, 2022
Local church hosts celebration of Greek food and culture, hang out and eat or drive-through and get Greek food to-go. Benefits the Mid-South Food Bank and the church.

Bottomless Mimosa Festival at Court Square Park 

May 22, 2022
A new event for 2022—a mimosa bar and food trucks with food for purchase, plus live music. 

Margarita Festival at Overton Square

June 2, 2022
Local restaurants compete to make the best margarita; attendees try multiple samples and vote, plus there's a cash bar.

Memphis Italian Festival at Marquette Park

June 2-4, 2022
Dozens of cooking teams compete to create the best Italian dishes. Tents are private parties with competition food not available to the public. There is access to food vendors, plus entertainment. Benefits Holy Rosary Catholic School.

Zoo Rendezvous at the Memphis Zoo

June 4, 2022
Cocktail party at the Zoo at night with food samples from dozens of local restaurants and live music. Benefits the Memphis Zoo. This year it’s an 80s theme.

Craft Food and Wine Festival at The Columns

June 5, 2022
Samples of the best in gourmet food, wine, and spirits from local and regional producers and artisans. Arrive early for best selection.

Le Bon Appétit at Crosstown Concourse

June 11, 2022
Thirty-three talented chefs from Memphis and around the country prepare delicious food to raise money for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Memphis Vegan Festival at the Pipkin Building 

June 18, 2022
Vegan food for sale, entertainment, and plant-based vendors for shopping.

Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival at The Liberty Bowl

August 6, 2022
Drink away the summer heat with samples of boozy seltzers and beer, enjoy chicken-centric local food vendors with grub for sale. 

Oktoberfests

Check back in the fall for our local breweries’ annual Oktoberfests and fall beer fest!

Soulful Food Truck Festival: Fall Edition at Tiger Lane

September 25, 2022
Food trucks, food vendors, and live music—all food purchased a la carte at the fall version of the popular spring Soulful Food Truck Festival. 

Bourbon & Bacon Festival at the Metal Museum

October 7, 2022
Bacon-inspired dishes from local restaurants and spirits samples, plus music. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Memphis Farmers Market. 

Memphis Food & Wine Festival at Memphis Botanic Garden

October 15, 2022
Plentiful food and wine samples from chef-driven restaurants (both local and national) and renowned wineries from around the world, plus live entertainment in a glamorous, upscale  

Cooper Young Beerfest

October 15, 2022
Plentiful beer samples from local and regional craft breweries; limited ticket sales for a more intimate experience, plus food and music. Benefits the Cooper Young Community Association.

World Championship Hot Wing Contest & Festival at Tiger Lane

October 22, 2022
Cooking teams compete for best hot wings and offer samples to the public in exchange for $1-$3 donations; attendees enjoy vendors, music, kids area, and more. Benefits the Ronald McDonald House.

Memphis Brewfest & Brunchfest at the Liberty Bowl

Fall 2022, dates TBA
Two days of drinks, food, and fun at the Liberty Bowl. Pick your poison—Saturday is all about the beer and Sunday is all about the brunch drinks and foods.

Overton Square Crawfish Festival. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

Festivals That Have Already Happened In 2022 So You Can Plan For Next Year

January: Science of Beer at the Museum of Science & History

Craft beer and food pairings from regional breweries and restaurants. Supports MOSH education programs.
2023 date: TBA

February: Soup Sunday

All-you-can-eat food tasting with dozens of local restaurants. Supports Youth Villages.
2023 date: TBA

March: Vintage 901 Food & Wine Festival

Three days of food and wine: a seated dinner, a massive wine tasting at Crosstown Concourse, and a Sunday brunch. Supports the Women's Foundation. Vintage901 hosts other events throughout the year; this is their signature event.
2023 date: TBA

March: Memphis Black Restaurant Week

More than a dozen local black-owned restaurants offer lunch and dinner specials for a week, culminating in Soulful Food Truck Sunday. Support local business.
2023 date: TBA

March: Whiskey Warmer Festival at Shelby Farms Park

Enjoy 15 whiskey tastings, plus food available for purchase, plus a cash bar with beer and full-sized cocktails. A portion of the proceeds benefits Volunteer Memphis.
2023 date: TBA

April: Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival at Wagner Place

Massive crawfish boil with vendors, gumbo cooking contest, music, kids' area, and more. Benefits Porter-Leath.
2023: TBA

April: Taste the Rarity at Wiseacre Brewing

Local brewery hosts high-end craft breweries so attendees can sample regional and extra special limited edition beers.
2023 date: TBA

may: Fried Chicken Fest in The Grove at GPAC

2023 date: TBA
GPAC hosts three chicken restaurants (Gus’s, Uncle Lou’s, and Mike’s Hot Wings) with food for purchase, plus live music at their outdoor venue. 

may: Hopped Beer Fest at Memphis Made

2023 date: TBA
Local brewery offers limited edition hoppy and spring-appropriate beers; there's music and food trucks and fun.

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