Heritage Fire is a three-hour live-fire event focused on education and delivering moments of culinary awakening. Taking place in 14 cities, the walk-around reception features an all-inclusive bacchanal feast paired with thoughtful bites prepared by some of the most critically acclaimed kitchens in each market, with products from locally sourced farms and sponsors. The festivities includes fun and interactive activations, as well as the crowning of your city’s Heritage Hero.
What is a Heritage Hero?
Heritage Fire showcases over 20 exceptional local chefs at each destination, each presenting a distinctive dish to a gathering of hundreds of guests. After savoring a diverse array of dishes and beverages, attendees face the delightful challenge of selecting the ‘Best Bite of the Day’ through their votes. As the grand feast concludes, the chef who accumulates the highest number of votes earns the title of Heritage Hero. Learn more about Heritage breeds on our blog.
A THEATER FOR INNOVATIVE BEVERAGE EXPERIENCES
Each ticket also grants unlimited access to premium wines, spirits, beer, and cider. Our beverage partners spotlight crafty cocktails and partake in turn-key on-site activations like infused smoked old fashioneds, signature welcome punches, Manhattan Project style cocktails, tiki bar inspired concoctions, heritage rum carts, mezcal bars, and exclusive spirits.
Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice. These breeds were carefully selected and bred over time to develop traits that made them well-adapted to the local environment and they thrived under farming practices and cultural conditions that are very different from those found in modern agriculture. Curious to learn more? Here’s five things you need to know about Heritage breeds.
Support local farmers and purveyors
Through efforts like going strawless, offering napkins upon request, implementing water usage protocols in our prep kitchens, digitizing handbooks + documents, launching a festival app, and implementing eco-friendly cleaning materials + pesticides, we have made considerable efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.
Healthier, safer, better eating
We strive to find a new life for as many items used during the festival as possible. Over 75% of all design elements are reused year-over-year or rented, and many festival events include a commemorative wine glass with the purchase of a ticket. Last, all leftover food product that is suitable for donation is given to a local community kitchen to feed homeless individuals.
Heritage Fire is a premiere, live-fire, nationwide food and wine tour celebrating heritage breed livestock and heirloom produce. The daytime feast offers an endless array of sustainably sourced food from the region’s top family farms and local purveyors, prepared by some of the region’s best chefs. The Heritage Fire Tour is comprised of an array of live expressions and cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 10,000 guests; 250-plus chefs; 150-plus family farms and numerous culinary schools each year. Everyone loves a little friendly competition, and at Heritage Fire guests will vote for Best Bite of the Day, and the winner will be crowned Heritage Hero.
We have partnered with The National Food & Beverage Foundation. The organization is a nonprofit educational and cultural organization in New Orleans dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of food, drink and its related culture and folklife in America and the world.