Crave Culinary Festival

This five-day festival features an artistic fusion of food and friends benefiting Mark Arts. A variety of culinary and libation workshops will be held Tuesday through Friday evenings featuring local and national culinary experts.

The festival culminates on Saturday, Sept. 23 with a Foodie Fair where guests can enjoy a keynote talk by food blogger Wichita by EB and sample food from local chefs and restaurants.

Foodie Fair + Talks

Broaden your horizons and explore the multifaceted food and hospitality industry with local experts. Tickets include the culinary keynote talk and samples from Foodie Fair vendors. Children ages 5 and older should purchase a ticket. Sales tax is included in the ticket price.

In the event of rain, the Foodie Fair and Keynote Talk will take place as scheduled inside the Mark Arts facility. No refunds. 

Saturday, September 23

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$25 per person

Culinary Keynote: “Discovering Wichita Through Food”
Wichita by E.B. | 11 a.m. | Great Hall

Kick off the Crave Foodie Fair with Wichita’s popular food blogger, Wichita by EB. Since 2011, Wichita by EB author Eddy has sampled cuisine at more than 900 local restaurants and establishments. With a following of nearly 100,000 across multiple platforms, Wichita by EB has become the go-to source for trendy local events, music, dining, and more. Hear the behind-the-scenes details of Eddy’s journey in eating at every restaurant in Wichita, including the gems, adventures, highs, and lows.

Foodie Fair | Terraces | Noon – 2 p.m.

Try bites from each Foodie Fair vendor and cast your vote for the Foodie Fair Fan Favorite.

If you are a chef or restaurateur interested in participating in this year’s foodie fair,
please email Nellie Elliott at [email protected]

Craft Brews & Bites

Tuesday, Sept.19 | 6-8 p.m.
$55 Per Person / $330 Table of 6

Sip craft brews while Jennifer Ray of The Monarch and Jake Voegeli from Manhattan Brewing Co. discuss how your favorite beers pair with hand-crafted bites. Includes one ticket to the September 23 Foodie Fair ($25 value).

Townie Wheat with Rosemary Lemon Salted Almonds

Tasty IPA with Phil’s Farm German Sausage with IPA Whole Grain Mustard

Pumpkin Ale with Ale Braised Beef

Dolly Pink Lemonade Sour with Marscapone, Lemon Curd, and Strawberry Bruschetta

Culinary Arts Workshop:
How the Sausage Gets Made

Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6-8 p.m.
$70 per person

Join Chef Josh Rathbun as he leads you through techniques and traditions of classic sausage-making. You will create bratwurst, Italian sausage, and breakfast sausage from around the world as you learn about this unique culinary craft. Includes one ticket to the September 23 Foodie Fair ($25 value).

Cocktail Tasting

Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-8 p.m.
$70 Per Person / $420 Table of 6

Taste three unique whiskey cocktails crafted by LaVar Douglas of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey while noshing on unique hor d’oeuvre pairings thoughtfully created by Chef Nick Korbee of First Mile Kitchen. Includes one ticket to the September 23 Foodie Fair ($25 value).



1856 Coal’d Fashioned (Kansas White Oak Ember Infused 1856 Uncle Nearest Bourbon with Smoked Turbinado, House Blend Orange Bitters, Angostura, Paychauds) with Smoked Prime Rib Toast, Curried Onion Chutney, and Grilled Kale

Near East Sour (Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey with Yuzu, Lemon, Simple, and Pinot Foam Float) with Spicy Salmon Tartare, Avocado, Crispy Rice, and Yuzu Ponzu

Boulevard of Dreams (Uncle Nearest Straight Rye with Carpano Antica, Campari, Gran Classico, Orange Peel) with Candied Bacon Arancini, Pomegranate Romesco, and Truffled Pecorino

Iconic Eats of Wichita

Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-8 p.m.
$85 per person

Based on the book by the same name, this class covers old and new Wichita favorites such as Saigon Restaurant’s No. 29, Mama Love’s Baked Mac and Cheese, Flying Stove’s Chicken Doobie, Anthony Card’s Seared Salmon, Garlic Salad, and more. Guests will receive a signed copy of the book by instructor Joe Stumpe. Includes one ticket to the September 23 Foodie Fair ($25 value).

Wine Tasting

Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6-8 p.m.
$85 Per Person / $510 Table of 6

Your palate will be delighted by five distinct wines – Epiphany Grenache Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Big Easy 2020, and 2021 Pinot Noir – presented by Jayne O’Neil of Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards, paired with a curated tasting menu by Chef Ivan Garcia of Newport Grill. Includes one ticket to the September 23 Foodie Fair ($25 value).

2021 Riesling with Shrimp Green Aguachile, Tart Apple Twist, Peach, Red Onion, Cucumber, and Melon & Chili Oil

2022 Chardonnay with Chilean Seabass, Watercress & Mango Salad, Lemon Preserve, and Avocado & Sage Buttery Puree

2021 Pinot Noir with Lamb, Japanese Sweet Potato Mash, Nutmeg, and Black Cherry & Mint Chutney

2020 Red Blend with Picanha Steak, Carioca Beans, Tostones, Grilled Pineapple, Swiss Chard, and Chimichurri Rojo

Culinary Arts Workshop:
Thai Travels

Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6-8 p.m.
$85 per person

Join Chef Nina Winter and travel to Thailand to learn how to cook Pad Thai Noodles, Red Panang Curry, and a side of Mango Coconut Rice Dessert.  Includes one admission ticket to the Sept. 23 Foodie Fair ($25 value)

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