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Friday, August 3rd - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

         “Tastings Along the Mississippi River

$70.00 in advance

$85.00 at the door

 This event sells out – purchase tickets in advance!

More details added daily.....

This is one of Natchez’s most anticipated annual events.  Over 700 locals and visitors intermingling among tremendously talented internationally known chefs and regional vendors.  Specialty items are showcased along with representatives of the top wine and beverage brokers as well as craft beer enthusiasts and brew masters.  The aromatic room is filled with live music, laughter and delicious delicacies.

Plan to arrive early because of the crowds and to allow you enough time to visit and sample all of the products.

Upon arrival, each participant is given a signature wine glass and can sample tastings from wine broker and brewery. 

Tickets sell early.  Limited reserved seating is available EARLY.

This year’s entertainment will be Mississippi’s very own International Blues Finalist ~ Chris Gill and The Sole Shakers.  Their music includes Mississippi Blues, Motown and Toe Tappin' Soul Shaking Tunes!

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Guest Chefs

Richard Sutton – St. James Cheese Co. (New Orleans), Rose Jones – The Castle (Natchez), Michael Gore – Rolling River Bistro (Natchez), Mitch Branton – Willie’s Food Truck, Jay Yates – The Veranda (Starkville, MS), Karen Carrier – The Beauty Shop (Memphis, TN), Martha Foose – Viking Cooking School (Greenwood, MS), Phillip Lopez – ROOT (New Orleans), Mitch McCamey – Neon Pig (Tupelo, MS), Kelly McCann – Kalurah Street Grill (Baton Rouge, LA), Jon F. Lansdale – Crazy Cat Eat Up (Jackson, MS), Carl Craig – Magnolia Blues Barbeque (Flowood, MS), Tom Ramsey, Mary Jennifer – Sugarees Bakery, Jarita Frasier King – Natchez Heritage School of Cooking


9:00 pm – Chef’s Party

 Immediately following at Bowie’s Tavern – Your admission is included to this party with your wrist band, featuring Live Music.  


Dinner at The Elms

Tickets (limited to 50 seats) - $125.00 

 Is being offered both Friday & Saturday Evenings

Friday, August 3rd - 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 4th - 7:00 PM

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Chef Carpenter and Chef Adam Ozga, from Jacksonville, Florida, will prepare two dinners during the 2018 Natchez Food and Wine Festival.  Please select your preferred dinner seating for August 3rd at 7p.m. or August 4th at 7p.m.

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Chef Esther Carpenter invites the Natchez Food and Wine Festival guests to dine at her historic home, The Elms, for a five-course meal prepared in the tradition of classic regional French cuisine.  Her extraordinary feast, prepared especially for the "Food as Art" themed 2018 event, honors in its tastes and preparation the 19th Century Artists of Impressionism.

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Chef Carpenter’s culinary accomplishments have been featured in Food and Wine, Gourmet and Bon Appetit.  She was named one of “The Top Twenty Female Chefs” in the country by USA Today. 

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Chef Ozga was executive chef for The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass for many years.  Chef Ozga and Chef Carpenter’s dinner will highlight the visual and aromatic sensations of classic French cuisine in honor of the artists who revolutionized the art of the 19th century.

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Chef Esther took over The Elms, her family home, in 2006 when her mother passed away. After major renovations and updates The Elms opened up to the public as a Historic Bed & Breakfast that is also a venue for weddings, parties and other events. The grounds are just exquisite with 2 acres of lush greenery, flowers, oaks and elms. A perfect setting for any beautiful event.

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The Towers “Paranormal Champagne & Dessert Tour”

  Is being offered both Friday & Saturday Evenings

 Friday, August 3rd - 8:00 PM

 Saturday, August 4th - 8:00 PM

Limited Space for 20 guests per night

 Ticket Price - $60.00

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The Towers, built between 1798-1826-1858 was the headquarters of the Federal Troops for the occupations of Natchez during the Civil War.  Several GHOSTLY appearances have occurred recently with apparitions of these soldiers along side the original 19th Century owners “The Fleming Family”. The Flemings experienced a multitude of personal tragedy in this exquisite residence which is filled with History, Unique Collections and Southern Charm. 

The owners Ginger & James Hyland are currently restoring the original “Towers” that once were an architectural feature on the home.  It is a must-see property.

Tours begin promptly at 8:00 pm.  The tour will include a personal tour with the Owners as well as Champagne & Dessert at the end.  Prepare to be MYSTIFIED.

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August 4th - Saturday Afternoon Events

 11:00 am to 2:00 pm - Progressive Luncheon

 Ticket Price: $60.00


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Back by popular demand.  The Natchez Food & Wine Festival is proud partner with the Natchez Bed & Breakfast Association for this popular event.  A self-drive tour will allow you to meet Natchez B&B owners for a short tour and inside view of some of Natchez’s hidden treasures.  Advance tickets are required for a specific time.  Please follow the exact order beginning with Magnolia Cottage Bed & Breakfast.

Times are:  11:00 am - 25 tickets

                    11:45 am - 25 tickets

                    12:30 am - 25 tickets 

                      1:15 pm - 25 tickets 

                      2:00 pm - 25 tickets


First Stop - Magnolia Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Circa 1831

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Tour this quaint cottage built before the Civil War and see historic examples of Federal and Greek Revival architecture.  The hostess of the home says she is actually living her dream by running the B & B. She along with husband love the day to day life of living in an antebellum home and love sharing it with their B and B guest.  The entire home is built of cypress wood. The cottage is a prime example of the integrated architecture, the front porch is almost like a room with its three sides, space for door and glass transom. Remnants of a dairy used long ago with hidden staircase remain in basement.

 Appetizer: Cheese Wafers, the ultimate expression of Southern Hospitality, wafers include several flavors of cheeses, spices, along with a little heat and pecans partnered with a caprese salad, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves and tomatoes paired with a glass of pinot grigio.


Second Stop – Garden Song Bed and Breakfast, 1836

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Enjoy a tour of one of the earliest pre-fab houses in America, built in 1836 of materials floated down the river all the way from Cincinnati! GardenSong is known for its beautiful Federal woodwork and a notable three-story staircase, rising in a beautiful stair hall adorned with Chinese wallpaper. The historic formal garden is one of the oldest in the south, hidden to view for 100 years before being discovered and restored in the 1960’s. The owner enjoys telling stories of the occupants of Garden Song, and he also is known to play a tune or two on the 1907 Chickering Grand Piano, located in the front parlor.

Main Course:  Lasagna with Wilted Spinach Salad, French Bread, and Iced Tea.


Third – Stop – The Guest House - 1840

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The Guest House was originally a one-and-a-half story, Greek Revival townhouse built for Samuel and Jane Newman in the mid-1840s. They purchased the property in February 1844 for $1,000. As originally built and documented in historic photographs, the Guest House resembled the nearby John Smith House, a smaller brick cottage at the corner of North Pearl and Jefferson streets. On December 15, 2017, Sean, Rachel, and Madison Casey purchased The Guest House. The Casey's are truly dedicated to preserving the original architecture, style and decor of the property. 

Dessert: Assorted cheesecakes and cookies, coffee and an after-dinner drink. 


1:30 PM to 3:00 PM - Wine & Cheese at The Castle (behind Dunleith)

(100 tickets) $50.00 per person

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Hosted in an original 1790’s stables on the grounds of one of Mississippi’s icons, Cheese experts from St. James Cheese Company located on Magazine Street in New Orleans take you on a journey around the world showcasing some of their finest products.  Castle Manager and Cocktail Consultant Mark Brockway will provide complimentary pairing of Gallo’s premier products.  This event usually sells out!!! Purchase your tickets in Advance . 




Bowie's Tavern on the Bluff 

5:00 PM until 7:00 PM - Burgers, Brews & Bocce 

(100 Tickets) $40.00 per person 

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 Bowie’s Tavern, overlooking the Mississippi River and magnificent walking trails along the Bluff is one of Natchez’s historic cotton warehouses.   This event is perfect for family.  The event will feature Fat Cow sliders with all the gourmet fixings. Pair your favorite beer featuring Tin Roof, Southwest Distributors, Lazy Magnolia and Stokes Distributors.  Bring the kids for a game of Bocce Ball while toe tapping to the Blues.  Bowie’s Tavern has rooms above with magnificent river views that are booked through Dunleith. 




Saturday Evening Activities

7:30 PM - Dinner in Natchez Mansions

 Two premier Natchez mansions will host Guest Chefs, and they will team up to prepare incredible culinary presentations and wine pairings in historic surroundings.  These events are requested for serious wine and champagne connoisseurs. 


Dunleith   (60 tickets)   $125.00 per person (all inclusive)

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Dunleith is an exquisite 1856 Historic Inn located in the heart of Natchez.  It is a unique inn listed as a National Historic Landmark.  Dunleith sits on 40 landscaped acres and is graced with original historical buildings dating back to the 1790’s.  The buildings are the Carriage House and Stables, a Dairy Barn, a Poultry House, a brick dependency and Greenhouse.

 Dunleith Dinner Party Chefs are listed in the menu below.

 Full premium bar included.






Natchez Food and Wine Festival Bowling Alley Pop-up & Chef's Bowling Tournament

Saturday - August 4th - 8:00 PM


For a more casual experience, we are excited to present the Natchez Food and Wine Festival Bowling Alley Pop-up and Chef's Bowling Tournament. At 8:00 PM, Chefs Ryan Hughes, Jeremy Conner, Matthew Kajdan and Tom Ramsey will take over the kitchen at Bluff City Bowl and create gourmet takes on classic snack-bar delights. Admission is only $5 and the food will be delicious and inexpensive.

At 11:00 PM, you can watch our visiting chefs from across the South battle it out on the lanes in the Second Annual NFWF Chef's Bowling Invitational. Who will win the coveted "Golden Camaro" this year? Will Chef Jeremy Conner retain his title or will a new champion be crowned? Regardless of the outcome, you are guaranteed plenty of fun, excitement and food, along with some pretty mediocre bowling.



Sunday, August 5th ~ Jazz Brunch at Rolling River Bistro 

406-408 Main Street

 There are two Seatings: 11:00 AM and at 1:00 PM

Tickets - $40.00 (75 people per seating)


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There is no better way to end your weekend in Natchez than a traditional Sunday Jazz Brunch.  Sip chilled Champagne, Southern Mint Lemonade with or without Cathead Honey Suckle Vodka or a Bistro Bloody Mary! There will be a Prime Rib carving station, Salad Bar, Full Dessert Station & Southern Classics while listening to live jazz music in beautiful Historic Downtown Natchez. Guests will be served on a first come, first serve basis.  There is plenty of room to enjoy a cocktail and listen to wonderful music if you have to wait.

 Sponsored by Cathead Vodka and Barefoot Bubbly.