What do you get when you combine delicious wine, local food, and the world’s longest pedestrian bridge? A premier food and wine tasting event that takes place on the Walnut Street Bridge right over the Tennessee River.

 

In 2017, the 23rd annual Wine Over Water Food & Wine Festival is expanding into a 4-day festival filled with incredible food, brewery tours, yoga brunch, and, of course, lots of wine. The festival takes place Oct. 5-8, 2017, and highlights Chattanooga’s growing culinary scene.

 

The main event is Saturday, Oct. 7, from 5-8 p.m., where you can taste more than 100 wines from around the world, listen to live music, and sample food from local restaurants such as Easy Bistro & Bar, Beast + Barrel, and Terra Mae.

 

Schedule of Events:

 

Thursday, Oct. 5

  • 6:30 p.m. – Wine Dinner at St. John's Restaurant: Enjoy an exquisite 5-course dinner prepared and paired by Executive Chef Rebecca Barron and Sommelier Michelle Richards at one of Chattanooga's most prestigious restaurants.

 

Friday, Oct. 6

  • 5-9 p.m. – MLK Brewery and Bites Tour: Hop between Chattanooga Smoke House, Barley, Bitter Alibi, Oddstory Brewing Company, 2 Sons Kitchen, and Hutton & Smith for special beer and food offerings. Brewery tours at Oddstory will be offered every hour.

 

  • 5:30-8 p.m. – Best Cellars and Silent Auction: The exclusive Best Cellars premium wine-tasting event will be held at The Chattanoogan Hotel and will feature more than 150 different premium wines, a silent auction, and live jazz from Dr. B and the Ease.

 

  • 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Le Grande Dame/A Best Cellars after party at Easy Bistro & Bar: Enjoy exclusive champagnes from Edmund Amoye of Veuve Clicquot and heavy hors d’oeuvres by James Beard Semifinalist Chef Erik Niel to lift everyone’s spirits up after the wine goes down at Best Cellars.

 

Saturday, Oct. 7

  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Historic architectural tours aboard the Chattanooga Hop: Hop on the Gray Line trolley to learn more about Chattanooga’s historic architectural history before strolling the bridge at Wine Over Water. The first tour leaves at 10 a.m. and the last tour leaves at 4 p.m.

 

  • 5-8 p.m. – 23rd Annual Wine Over Water Food & Wine Festival on the Walnut Street Bridge; Hundreds of wines, more than a dozen local restaurants, and live music will fill the bridge on a beautiful fall evening over the Tennessee River.

 

  • 5-8 p.m. – Live music on the bridge: 5-7 p.m., Courtney Holder, Magic Birds, and Clare Donohue; 6-8 p.m., Backwater Still and Monday Night Social.

 

Sunday, Oct. 8

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Namaste Bubbly: The perfect cure to a libations-filled weekend is a yoga class – with more libations! Join Veuve Clicquot and Lululemon for a yoga class and a delicious brunch from Chef Charlie Loomis of The FEED Co. Table & Tavern.

 

All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Cornerstones, Inc. and their historic preservation efforts in Chattanooga. Tickets to all events can be purchased at Wine Over Water.