Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival
Destination Education

April 5-7, 2018

Thursday, April 5


Arrivals. On own for hotel/Convention Center tours. Facility tours are not part of the FAM itinerary, but if you would like to see the Convention Center and/or hotel properties, please coordinate with your sales manager and plan to arrive earlier Thursday. (There is also a small time frame on Friday afternoon that can be utilized for tours.)

5:45 p.m.

Meet Visit Fort Worth staff in hotel lobby to walk to welcome reception

6:00 p.m.

 Welcome Reception

7:45 p.m.


8:00 p.m.

Tacos + TequilaFood + Wine Festival Event
Upscale or downhome, trendy or traditional – tacos are hot, anyway you fold ‘em. And when they’re paired with tequila, it’s a win-win. Presented by Encore Live, eight chefs and eight beverage vendors will be bringing their best at this Thursday night event.

9, 10 &11:00 p.m.

Round trip shuttles back to hotel


Friday, April 6

8:15 a.m.

Meet in hotel lobby for departure (bus will pick up at each hotel)

8:30 a.m.  

Breakfast & demo at Magdalena’s
Chef Juan Rodriguez and his team prepare delicious, thoughtful, and seasonal food with a commitment to sourcing ingredients from farmers, ranchers, foragers, and fisherman who are dedicated to a fully visible food chain.  His mission is to transform your ideas of food and event catering into a spectacular and memorable event by bringing you not only great restaurant quality food but a blend of many flavors and spices.

10:00 a.m.  


Tour the Stockyards National Historic District  and see the World’s Only Twice-Daily Cattle Drive Railroads and cattle markets helped to build Fort Worth throughout the late 19th century and connect it with the rest of the West. You can explore this colorful legacy by spending a day in the high-spirited Stockyards District, a warren of vintage shops, restaurants, and museums that include the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the Stockyards Museum, and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame—you can even see cattle drives, led by seasoned cowhands.

12:00 p.m.

Tour Billy Bob’s Texas
Built in 1910 as a cattle barn for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, the “world’s largest honky-tonk” has been entertaining guests for over 30 years with 127,000 square feet of Western-style entertainment, including arcades and casinos, line-dancing lessons and professional bull-riding. It’s only fitting that the biggest names in country music should play this larger-than-life club. The likes of Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Robert Earl Keen have all walked the Billy Bob’s stage.

1:00 p.m.

Lunch and tour of Near Southside
Enjoy lunch and tour local establishments in this off-the-beaten-path neighborhood just south of downtown. Historic architecture, music venues and art galleries line the streets of the city’s self-proclaimed “Restaurant Row,” Magnolia Avenue.

4:15 p.m.

Free time –     

  • return to hotel for R&R     
  •  individual site visits (coordinated in advance through your sales manager)
6:15 p.m.

Dinner at Reata
This quintessentially cosmopolitan steakhouse delights carnivores with its artfully prepared takes on fine Western cooking. Whether you feast on tenderloin tamales with pecan mash, a 16-ounce cowboy bone-in rib eye, or bacon-wrapped lamb loin with stewed sweet potatoes, you won’t leave hungry.

8:30 p.m.

Desserts after Dark - Food + Wine Festival Event  
Time to sip a true Texas cocktail, enjoy sweet somethings and dance the night away. Twelve pastry chefs and twelve mixologists will create special eats and drinks – and guests will vote for their faves. A local DJ will be mixing tunes to light up the night, too.

9, 10 & 11:00 p.m.

Round trip shuttles back to hotel

Saturday, April 7th


Breakfast vouchers will be provided by the hotel for coffee or a morning snack.

8:30 a.m.

Walking tour of downtown
 1.5 mile morning walk highlighting points of interest and landmarks along the way.

9:30 a.m.

Return to hotel for refresh

Check-out and store luggage

10:45 a.m

Meet in hotel lobby for departure
11:00 a.m.

Rise & Dine Brunch – Food + Wine Festival Event
Saturday brunch gets the FWFWF treatment, with noted area restaurants contributing dozens of dishes, from eggs Benedict to breakfast tacos, plus a generous selection of craft beer, specialty wines and spirits. Or give your favorite brunch-time beverages an upgrade with our mimosa and bloody mary bars.

12 – 1 p.m.

Round trip shuttles back to hotel

Airport departures will be based on your flight schedule.  You will receive a departure notice Friday evening.