Chef Omar Samawi And Water Into Wine Win Farragut Food and Wine Festival

By Sydnee Brashears

SHOP FARRAGUT and the Town of Farragut presented the 9th Annual Farragut Food & Wine Festival again this year to rave reviews.  

The Farragut Food & Wine Festival is an event of the Farragut Business Alliance aka SHOP FARRAGUT. Their mission is to positively impact Farragut’s economic growth by assisting new businesses, supporting and promoting existing businesses and, in coordination with the Town of Farragut, aiding in the economic development and promotion of the community.

The much anticipated evening brought more than 1,200 food lovers to 11240 Kingston Pike, area across from Farragut High School, for an evening of culinary arts from over 24 local restaurants and bakeries.

The festival introduced attendees to amazing flavors with a showcase of samples from each food provider that could be paired with wine & beer, if desired. The great line-up bringing those flavors to savor included Restaurant Linderhof, The Cutting Edge Classroom, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Seasons Café, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Citico of Wind River, Clean Eatz, Don Delphi’s Pancakes & Restaurant, Water Into Wine, Longhorn Steakhouse, Buddy’s BBQ and The Casual Pint just to name a few.

Attendees enjoyed general admission to walk around tasting the varied food vendors and beverages or the “VIB” admission to the Very Important Bites tent offering a sit-down 4 course plated tasting from different Chefs. The VIB tent paired each food selection with a wine as volunteers were available to provide details on the chef selections and beverage pairings. All festival attendees were given a rate card upon entrance for scoring the tastings, each card was submitted and tabulated to determine the winning Taste of Farragut. 

Food is not all there was to be enjoyed at this event, Live music entertained from the center of the festival where a tent with banquet style seating was available.  There was something for all ages to enjoy and the festival setting allowed attendees to enjoy family, friends and even make new friends from Farragut and the surrounding region.  

The 9th Annual Farragut Food & Wine Festival closed with a celebration for the winning dish, Prime Rib Crostinis by Water Into Wine, Bistro & Lounge located at 607 N. Campbell Station Rd. Also voted Best Wine Menu in Knoxville, Water Into Wine offers a full bar, local craft beers, artisan food pairings in addition to fresh cocktails and over 100 wines that change monthly. The mission at Water Into Wine is to provide a warm, cozy, social lounge and eatery which promotes relationships, connection opportunities and local patronage, all while offering the enjoyment of wine and artisan food pairing in the heart of the community. Congratulations to Owner, Candace Viox and Chef Omar Samawi on being the Taste of Farragut!  

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