What’s for dinner? You’ll likely get 50 different answers at Flavored Nation, a three-day food fest coming to St. Louis in October.
St. Louis’ first-ever Flavored Nation event takes place Oct. 27 to Oct. 29 at The Dome at America’s Center, where attendees will get the chance to sample iconic tastes from all 50 states, as well as enjoy celebrity chef presentations, cooking competitions and live entertainment.
Flavored Nation’s organizers, comprised of a team of Food Network veterans, say they’re bringing the “national food experience” event to St. Louis as a nod to the 1904 World’s Fair, which they hail as a “game-changing event in American food history.”
The turn-of-the-century world exposition in Forest Park introduced 19-plus million fair-goers from across the globe to hot dogs, hamburger on a bun, ice cream cones, cotton candy, iced tea and the club sandwich.
Through extensive research conducted by culinary experts and food entertainment veterans, Flavored Nation has identified the most iconic food from each of the 50 states. Those 50 dishes – as well as the restaurateurs or chefs who prepare them best – will be on hand to offer attendees a taste of every state.
Be it ribs, brisket or burnt ends, rrom Kansas City to St. Louis, barbecue reigns supreme for Missouri, and it will be in the spotlight as the Show-Me State’s featured dish. A number of Missouri restaurants and chefs are scheduled to be participating, with an announcement on the lineup expected closer to the date.
The vendors who will be in attendance include household names almost as iconic as the state dishes they’ll represent:
From Louisiana, Dickie Brennan Jr., a New Orleans native and owner of Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Palace Café, Bourbon House and Tableau, will feature his gumbo. Brennan is also the scion of arguably the country’s most famous restaurant family (the Brennans took over management of the Garden District’s Commander’s Palace in the 1970s, and helped launch the careers of world-famous chefs Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme).
From Texas’s Horseshoe Hill in Ft Worth, celebrity cowboy chef Grady Spears will cook chicken fried steak in full western regalia.
From Connecticut and Maine, Flavored Nation is furthering the lobster roll feud with Greenwich, Connecticut’s “hot with butter” (also known as ‘the coastal’) and South Thomaston, Maine’s “cold with mayonnaise” (also known as ‘lobster salad roll’).
Tickets are $55 each (free for children 5 and younger), and include 10 tastings and access to all stages. Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase onsite. A limited number of VIP tickets, which includes early access, 20 tastings, preferred show seatings and admission to VIP lounge, is available for $95 per person.
the Dome at America’s Center
Friday, Oct 27
3pm – 9pm
Saturday, Oct 28
11am – 5pm
Sunday, Oct 29
11am – 5pm