Eat, Drink and Be Merry

| photos by Tracy Autem |

Now in its third year, the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival  brings national and regional attention to the city’s food scene. In addition to sustaining local chefs, restaurants and the farming and ranching community, the annual eating and sipping extravaganza raises funds for culinary scholarships. Spanning four days and nights in the spring, the festival takes place at some of the hottest venues in town.

Signature Events
In January, the FWFWF launched with its Sipping Series: Texas Wines event. Sample pours from wines produced by Brennan Vineyards of Comanche and Pedernales Cellars of Stonewall were enjoyed by guests as local wine experts talked them through the tasting. Then a Reserve Wine Tasting was held on Feb. 4 at Café Modern, where attendees enjoyed more than 25 pours from some of the nation’s finest wine. There are still many events to attend, as described below from the FWFWF website. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

VIP Tickets
This is the premium pass for the 2016 FWFWF, the must-have ticket for serious fans of Texas’ finest local food and drink. It provides admission to all six signature festival events — at a discounted price. A VIP ticket also grants access to the Main Event’s VIP area and early admission to Burgers, Brews & Blues.

CenterStage • Main Event

Burgers, Brews & Blues Barbecue Showdown

#latenight Desserts After Dark

Rise + Dine: A Brunch Inspired Tasting

Family Sunday Funday – Picnic at Panther Island

Good Start
The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Foundation has a mission to help young people begin their culinary journeys. Proceeds from the festival go to award financial aid to promising students needing help paying for their culinary schooling. By doing this, the foundation creates talented chefs and therein keeps Fort Worth’s culinary scene strong.

As of now, the FWFWF has presented nearly $20,000 in scholarships to students in Fort Worth. The committee seeks out youth in the Fort Worth area that demonstrate commitment, character and need. Upon graduation, the committee asks that recipients return to work in the Fort Worth culinary community for at least two years.

The 2015 scholarship recipient was Cameron Sanders. Early in his senior year at Trimble Tech High School, Sanders was homeless. Through perseverance in his high school’s culinary program and by working for local chefs to rent a space to live, Sanders was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. Not being able to afford his schooling, a Trimble Tech culinary program advisor suggested that Sanders apply for the scholarship from the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Foundation. He was the ideal candidate.

Sanders is thriving at the Culinary Institute of America and regularly writes letters to members of the FWFWF.