The inaugural Vintage901 Fest is happening March 10th-12th, and you’re invited.
The festival will offer a myriad of local wine tastings and exhibit Memphis music through local bands and artists. Aside from this, the event will host select small dishes and desserts.
As the event preps for a large turnout of curious and tempered wine lovers, it has been announced that the Wine Coach herself, Laurie Forster, will be the wine steward and host for the evening. You can check our her previous work on Dr. Oz, Martha Stewart Living, and Fox Morning News.
Check out the lineup of events:
Friday’s Opening Toast and Perfect Pairings will be hosted at Halloran Center for Performing Arts from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. The event’s Grand Sommelier, Laurie Forster, will present the opening toast at the start of a three-course dinner designed to experience the perfect pairings. Dinner will be provided by Restaurant Iris. Entertainment will be provided by international jazz sensation, Monty Alexander.
Saturday’s Grand Tasting will take place at the Creative Arts Building on Tiger Lane. Enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with selections prepared by Grand Sommelier Laurie Forster. This event will include olive oil tastings from The Mighty Olive, cigar tastings from Tinder Box, treats from Frost Bake Shop, and pottery demonstrations from Bridgman Pottery.
Food demonstrations will be provided by Chef Ayanna Johnson of Chef Du Jour, Chef Daniel “Sleepy” Johnson of Tart and Chef David Johnson of Belle: A Southern Bistro. Enjoy an antipasti station, provided by Kroger, to include meats, cheeses, olives, crackers and more. Fuel Café, Sledd Concessions, MemPops, and Say Cheese food trucks will be on-site.
Shop from local vendors including Gardens Oy Vey, Cosgrove and Lewis handsoaps, Dodson Farms jams and jellies, Jamila Horton natural body care products, and My Cup of Tea teas. Entertainment will be provided by Atlanta salsa group Willie Ziavino and the C.O.T. Band.
Sunday’s Sparkling Brunch is the closing event for Vintage901. At the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park, enjoy a brunch pairing, with four sparkling wines and food provided by Chef Jimmy Gentry of Paradox Catering. Enjoy music by Memphis Stax Academy Jazz Instructor Stephen Lee and his trio.
Proceeds from Vintage901 will benefit Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis and all of the wonderful work they do for women and children in our community.