Chefs for Farmers Announces 2017 Events, Ticket Sales Open


Chefs For Farmers is growing its farm-to-fork festival into a four-day, mouthwatering, calorie-filled, culinary blowout.  Tickets are now on sale for this stellar lineup, running November 2-5, 2017, where farmers take center stage, chefs rock the best locally sourced dishes, and guests enjoy the show. 

More than 30 nationally acclaimed chefs—most of whom are James Beard nominees and winners— are jetting to Dallas to cook alongside local culinary heroes and Texas farms. Featured national chefs include Top Chef Season 14 winner Brooke Williamson, Justin Burdett from Local Provisions in Asheville, Kelly English from Iris and Second Line in Memphis, Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof in Maui, Shuai Wang from Short Grain in Charleston, Tyson Cole from Uchi in Austin, John Patterson from Fork in Philadelphia, and Michael Gulotta of MoPho in New Orleans. Attendees will also sip the best selections from select wineries, local breweries, and top-shelf distillers.

Highlights of the festival include BITE Night, a high profile showdown among the alum of Bravo TV’s Top Chef® Charleston, each offering their own distinctive spin on the bold and bright flavors of Texas. The Celebrity Cruises“Know Thy Farmer” five-course dinner, hosted by Whole Foods Market, will treat guests to seasonal cuisine at the historic downtown Dallas hotel, The Adolphus. An eclectic Street Food Night Market will transform the emerging Victory Park district of Dallas into a global marketplace, while the show-stopping Main Event is a veritable culinary treasure map, served on the sunny lawns of Lee Park.


“Chefs For Farmers began as an intimate dinner on a farm, and it is exciting to see how it has evolved into a four-day event that attracts thousands of food lovers, positioning itself alongside well-established national festivals,” said Iris McCallister, co-founder of Chefs For Farmers. “We know that without our fabulous local farmers, menus wouldn’t have the same soul and finesse. The local bounty is the star of the show!”

Early bird tickets are now available, August 1st through 6th, and can be purchased online. The festival sells out every year, and guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets now. Full details on events, participating chefs and more can be found on the CFF website.


CFF guests can feel good knowing the festival supports the community, too.  Participating chefs and farms are given stipends to create locally sourced dishes for the festival and start sustainable relationships.  An auction at the “Know Thy Farmer” dinner will directly benefit the farming community. The delicious event will also help VNA Meals on Wheels raise funds through its annual Power of Pie campaign, where guests pay $25 and receive a Thanksgiving pumpkin or pecan pie made by top local chefs.


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