You probably head to the Mempho Music Festival for the music, but don’t miss the food. Mempho organizers have created an all-star lineup of good food for you to enjoy.
As in previous years, Memphis will have several popular Memphis restaurants and food trucks serving their food during the event, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Radians Amphitheater in the Memphis Botanical Garden.
Food trucks and more
All guests will be able to enjoy the festival dishes in more than 10 food trucks that will be set up on the festival grounds.
MemPops and The Green Beetle are just two of the popular Memphis restaurants that will be right at your fingertips.
Memphis brewery Wiseacre Brewing Co. will also have a strong presence at the festival, as they are the official beer partner of Mempho. Wiseacre serves an assortment of beers, as well as its “The Set Up” line of canned cocktails.
Tennessee-based Jack Daniels is a partner, along with Bols Vodka (a European vodka distiller) and Austin, Texas-based seltzer company Mighty Swell.
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Be sure to bring your credit or debit card as Mempho is cashless.
Customers have the option of attaching their credit card information to RFID (radio frequency identification) wristbands for an optional method of payment.
Lexus Live Fire
In addition to general admission offers, Mempho organizers have planned a special dining experience for VIP ticket holders – the Lexus Live Fire experience.
Inside the Lexus VIP Village, guests will be treated to meals cooked over an open fire by a range of star chefs from across the Southeast.
Memphis chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, who own renowned restaurants such as Andrew Michael’s Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy and The Gray Canary, will cook alongside renowned chefs from New Orleans, Charleston and St. Louis.
“We’re thrilled to be back here,” Hudman said. “We had fun last year, but this year it will be a totally different experience.”
Ticer and Hudman, along with guest chefs, will be cooking on either a custom-built wood-fired pizza oven or FatStack smoker.
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The guest chefs are those with whom Ticer and Hudman have collaborated before. “It’s not just our friends. We respect them,” Ticer said.
New Orleans chefs Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon Butcher and Ryan Prewitt of Peche Seafood Grill, St. Louis chef Gerard Craft of Niche and chefs Aaron Siegel, Taylor Garrigan and Johnny Banta of Home Team BBQ in Charleston will cook alongside of Ticer and Hudman along the way. of the three-day festival.
Expect dishes like roasted oysters, smoked chicken wings with Alabama white sauce, smoked brisket, and a variety of wood-fired pizzas.
Each day’s menu and hours of service are available at memphofest.com/vip. Each item will cost $15.
Sponsor Memphis suite ticket holders will be treated to late-night snacks prepared by Chef Felicia Willett of Felicia Suzanne’s restaurant in downtown Memphis. Short-rib grilled cheeses, Natchitoches meat pies, his fried oysters over oatmeal and a Frito pie made with Claybrook Farm chili are some of the dishes that will be served.
For tickets and more information about Mempho Music Festival, visit memphofest.com.
Jennifer Chandler is the food and restaurant reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.