St. Louis Event to Offer Taste of America’s 50 Most Iconic Dishes
ST. LOUIS, MO/August 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Would you consider yourself a foodie, an adventurous eater, or maybe just a casual fan of the Food Network? Could you be looking to expand your taste buds’ repertoire of good ol’ American cuisine? Might you be interested in sampling the fresh and flavorful signature state dishes from across all fifty states? Or perhaps, you may be in the market for a fun, food-related way to spend an autumn weekend. If any of the above sounds like your idea of a good time or has even piqued your interest, then Flavored Nation might be the food festival you’ve been waiting for. The First ever Flavored Nation festival will be held in St. Louis this fall. It will showcase one signature dish from each of the fifty states across America.
Flavored Nation is spearheaded by the former president of live events at Food Network Richard Gore. He’s joined by fellow food entertainment veterans, two-time James Beard award winning food writer David Rosengarten, Jared Bobkin and Bobby Parrish. The grand event will be held at The Dome at America’s Center on the last weekend of October. The venue (which is literally as big as a football field) will hold 12,000 attendees, at least 50 vendors, as well as yet-to-be-announced celebrity guests, plus chefs, cooking competitions, mixologists, beer masters, sommeliers, and more. It promises to give guests the chance to “feast from sea to shining sea” offering “A taste of every state.”
Tickets for Flavored Nation are on sale now at http://www.flavorednation.com/ and through Ticketmaster. The event will take place Friday, October 27 (3–9 pm), Saturday, October 28 (11 am–5 pm) and Sunday, October 29 (11 am–5 pm). A $10 discount is available for tickets purchased by August 28th. Single day tickets are currently $45 and include 10 tastings. A second-day ticket can be purchased at a $10 discount. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $125 and give attendees one hour early entry, best access to stage performances, admission to the VIP lounge, and double the number of tastings to 20.
Now, you might be wondering, “But, how did St. Louis even get picked to host Flavored Nation’s first national event, anyway?” Flavored Nation organizers say our history made us the obvious place to launch this new festival. On their website, they explain:
“The 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis was arguably the most important, game-changing event in American food history. Not only did such Fair innovations as a hamburger on a bun, a hot dog in a roll, ice cream in a cone, and iced tea in a pitcher get launched by the Fair…but huge national trends, such as the cross-country distribution of fruit, the concern for food purity, and the new-fangled notion that “simplicity is elegance” were all presented to the public at the St. Louis Fairgrounds.”
The point of Flavored Nations is to really bring the national food scene together, and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair was a major instance of this happening in America’s past, so why not pay a little homage to it by bringing it full circle now? Personally, I love the sentiment here. It’s nice to be acknowledged as one of America’s food epicenters, right?
Flavored Nation will announce its full list of iconic state foods, as well as participating chefs and restaurants, in the coming months, but until then they are giving us some sneak peaks on their YouTube page.
One of their most recent videos features Iconic Pennsylvania scrapple at South Philly landmark Brunic’s.
Some of the chefs and restaurateurs who will be at Flavored Nation are almost as iconic as the state dishes they’ll represent, such as: New Orleans native and nationally renowned restaurateur/chef, Dickie Brennan Jr. (most well known for his notorious gumbo recipe), Fort Worth’s home-grown celebrity cowboy chef, Grady Spears (sporting his signature Lone-Star state style Chicken Fried Steak), and Jake Dell (5th generation owner of Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City’s lower east side, location of the best pastrami sandwich since 1898).
Still want more info? Then check out Flavored Nation’s website (http://www.flavorednation.com/) or check them out on social media at #flavorednation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.