Craft Food & Wine Festival shines the light on the best of Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( — It’s a food festival by a Memphian for Memphians.

The Craft Food & Wine Festival was created with the local food lover in mind.

Cristina McCarter is the founder of the fledgling culinary celebration which she started last year and has blossomed into a 2-session event with more than a thousand expected to attend.

“It was one of those things I had in my phone as something I wanted to do one day, and here we are,” said McCarter.

Knowing good food and where to find it in Memphis is McCarter’s business.

“I love any restaurant that takes it another step to also get their products from local farmers and my love for cheese boards and charcuteries,” said McCarter.

Charcutie is simply the name for assembling meats and other meat products, often accompanied by toast, fruit, and cheese all delicious and nothing to be intimidated by explains Chef Chip Dunham of East Memphis’ Grove Grill.

“If someone puts the board in front of me and I think it’s very simple I’ll try a piece of the meat on its own, taste it, enjoy it for what it is,” said Dunham. “Then I like to add different layers to it like you see on the board here, mustard and pickles you could add to it and combine all the different flavors is a lot of fun.”

If you go, you can also expect wine, beer and cider pairings from Dunham and the more than 40 other chefs and food vendors at this year’s festival that will fill The Columns at One Commerce Square.

Add to all of that a DJ, live music, and your very own cutting board with a wine wedge all at a modest ticket price starting at $60.

“I wanted it to be something that if I wanted to go to the festival it’s something I could see myself buying a ticket to,” said McCarter.

The Craft Food & Wine Festival is Sunday June 23 with a 4 to 6:30 pm tasting and another from 6:30 to 9 pm. Hurry, tickets are going fast.

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