If you love good food, good times, and shopping, the June 5 Craft Food & Wine Festival should be on your calendar.
This Memphis festival celebrates local food artists and their delicious creations. Thirty-five vendors will gather to spend an afternoon tasting the columns at One Commerce Square in downtown Memphis.
Event founder Christina McCarter described the event as a “farmer’s market where you can sample everything.”
Guests will receive a small wooden cutting board that will serve as their personal cutting board at night. They are encouraged to place their specimens on a keepsake wooden board.
“Think of it as your chance to build your own taste palette with all of these local foods,” McCarter said. “And the board also comes with a hole to hold your wine glass.”
If you like something to taste, you can also buy it to bring home.
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McCarter said she developed the event because she wanted to showcase local produce. It naturally fits in with its line-up of businesses (City Tasting Tours, Town Tasting Box, Feast & Graze) that each highlight Memphis’ food scene in their own unique way. It is the third time for this event that was established in 2019.
What to expect at Craft Food & Wine Festival
The event features many of Memphis’ best artisan food companies. Tasting artisan bread, cheese, fruit preserves, cured meats, desserts and more is paired with handcrafted beer and wine.
The Grecian Gourmet Taverna, a downtown restaurant that also has a food retail line, participates every year.
“The Craft Food & Wine Festival is one of our favorite events,” said Corinne Knight, owner of Grecian Gourmet. “I love Christina and the vision behind showcasing local restaurants and artisans. The festival has so many great local chefs and makers, and it is always an honor to be asked to come back.”
This year, Grecian Gourmet will introduce Spicy Feta Dip, as well as Baba Ghanoush to include a vegan option. Olive oil, pita chips and sauce will also be on sale.
Cane & Herb will be showing off their drink at the event. It’s the second time Memphis Foods is known for their handcrafted, organic flavored syrup that’s great for making drinks or seasoning dishes. Co-founder Rob Williams said they will be offering guests signature drinks, including a Watermelon Jalapeño Summer cocktail.
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“We participate in the Craft Food & Wine Festival because it’s just one of those events that you don’t want to miss. It’s a great opportunity for us to connect with the community and show how easy it is to use our drinks to make drinks, not to mention it’s just a great opportunity to have a good time,” Williams said. Learn about some of the best food and beverage businesses in Memphis. If we don’t sell, we’ll buy tickets to attend . “
This will be the second time as well for Moore Travels.
“I am participating this year because I feel it is an honor to be in the same building with other local businesses that are thriving in Memphis and across the United States. Plus, the festival allows me to offer truffles to our potential new customers,” Kendra Moore Crawford, whose truffles come from It contains cookies in a variety of flavors such as strawberry and lemon key.
Beale St. Co. Brewing Company and Crosstown Brewing Co. And Disbelef Tequila and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits will offer seasonal Memphis craft beer, tequila and wine to accompany samples.
The public tasting session starts from 5-7pm. Early entry for VIP ticket holders begins at 2pm, with a short break at 4pm to ensure all guests experience all the food and wine vendors.
“My hope is that when people enjoy all the foods at this event, they want to continue to enjoy these locally made products,” McCarter said. “Now that they have met these vendors, I hope when they come home, they will think of these foods for their special events and parties.”
All proceeds from the event benefit the health of the church.
Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.
Craft Food and Wine Festival
When: June 5 Public tasting session starts from 5-7pm with early entry for VIP ticket holders at 2pm
where: Columns at One Commerce Square, 40 S. Main Street.
the tickets: $75 for a general tasting session; $160 for a VIP tasting at 2 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.