Experience Macon’s Food & Wine Festival this February
The City of Macon today announced one of its most notable chefs, Ryan Smith, will spearhead the destination’s first-ever Food and Wine Festival, taking place this February and celebrating the area’s thriving culinary scene. Scheduled for the week of Valentine’s Day, the programming includes events such as a Food & Wine Crawl on February 11, which will feature nine local restaurants, a specially themed Valentine’s Day Dinner at Lazy Susan Tapas Bar and much more. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Loy’s Farmstand, a group of local produce growers dedicated to fighting food insecurity.
Food & Wine Crawl
“It has been such a joy watching the local culinary scene in Macon grow over the past few years and I’m excited to work with the community’s chefs, leaders and business owners to launch the first-ever Macon Food & Wine Festival,” said Ryan Smith, Macon Food & Wine Festival co-founder and director of curation. “Macon is made up of such a great community of people who build each other up, and I look forward to raising awareness about the amazing talent and delicious cuisine that our local restaurants offer with this festival.”
2022 Food & Wine Festival
The 2022 Food & Wine Festival will offer a variety of programming throughout the week, including two very special events that are selling out fast:
Friday, February 11
The Food & Wine Crawl will feature paired food and wine samples from nine restaurants along Second & Cherry Streets. Participating venues include Kinjo Kitchen & Cocktails, Oliver’s Bistro and Dovetail, among others. Each restaurant will be tasked with using produce provided by Loy’s Farmstand, along with their choice of either pork or rabbit, to showcase their own unique style and flavors. Each dish will be paired with a French Chardonnay, Rose, Grenache or Pinot Noir from Henry’s Wine. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. and general admission tickets are $50 per person.
Monday, February 14
A romantic Midnight in Paris Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner will take place at Lazy Susan Tapas Bar. The evening will feature five courses with expertly selected wine pairings, creating the perfect Valentine’s Day meal. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. and tickets are $50 per person.
*Additional programming will take place throughout the week at various local restaurants and will be announced on the website.
Macon Food & Wine Festival
The inaugural Macon Food & Wine Festival will benefit Loy’s Farmstand, a group that aims to bring quality produce to those in the Macon community who are facing food insecurity and lack access to fresh foods. Founded in 2018 by Lewis Young, the group’s motto is to “bring fresh produce to the community and put people first.” Since its establishment, the need for Loy’s Farmstand has continued to grow and the Macon Food & Wine Festival will help the group move into a storefront in Downtown Macon.
“I am incredibly proud of our community and the ways that we consistently help one another. This festival is a testament to the solidarity of the Macon community and what better way to celebrate that than with delicious food and good company.” said Smith.
To learn more about the Macon Food & Wine Festival, stay up to date on events, purchase Food & Wine Crawl tickets and make reservations for the Valentine’s Day Dinner, visit https://www.maconfnw.com/. VIP Hopper Tickets are also available for $250 per person, including full event access, swag bag, commemorative wine glass and more. Follow the event on Facebook and Instagram at @Maconfnw.
About Visit Macon
Nestled in the heart of the state, Macon, Ga. is a soul destination known for its restaurants, nature and rich history. Nicknamed the “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World,” Macon is home to a diverse culture, soulful music heritage and thriving arts and education opportunities. Located just an hour and a half from Atlanta, this thriving destination attracts visitors looking to enjoy its unique breweries, historical sights and outdoor ad