This weekend, the 12th annual Natchez Food and Wine Festival gets underway at several venues in the historic town known for its lush foliage and bed and breakfast culture. The events begin Friday with Tastings Along the River at the Natchez Convention Center, where several regional chefs will prepare dishes reflective of their personal perspectives. Juban's Executive Chef Jaime Hernandez, Tsunami Regional Kitchen Director Toon Nguyen and the Fat Cow's Chef Doug Hosford, a Natchez native, are among more than two dozen regional chefs participating in the kick-off event. The variety of food should be lush; it includes Lafayette food truck Viva La Waffle, Pearl Street Pasta and dishes by Natchez Food Art food stylist David Leathers, among others.
On Saturday, start hungry, because four consecutive events take place beginning with a biscuit and beignet breakfast at the Natchez Coffee Co., followed by wine and cheese at Dunleith Plantation, and beer, burgers and blues at Bowie's. The evening culminates in “An Invitation to the Natchez Table” at three historic venues. The Food and Wine Festival's final event is a champagne jazz brunch at the Carriage House Restaurant. Click here for further information and to buy tickets to each event.—Maggie Heyn Richardson
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