Southern Smoke Foundation Announces Talent Lineup For 2024 Festival

Southern Smoke Festival, presented by Alaska Seafood is back at Discovery Green in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, October 5, 2024!

This year’s lineup brings out the big stars for their annual park party fundraiser featuring more than 70 incredible culinary stars from across the country who will join the best wine, spirit, and beer producers and outstanding live music at Discovery Green in the heart of Downtown Houston. 

Southern Smoke Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emergency relief funds nationwide and access to mental health services for food and beverage workers. Proceeds will benefit Southern Smoke Foundation, which has distributed more than $11.7 million to F+B workers nationwide and more than 5,000 no-cost counseling sessions. 

New This Year

The 2024 Festival brings new Talent, more Stages, and new offerings all to support the same important mission. The festival will welcome some new faces this year, including the 2024 Food & Wine class of Best New Chefs, Lee Anne Wong, Cassidee Dabney, and Meherwan Irani.

Aaron Franklin serves his famous brisket at Southern Smoke Festival
Photo By: Daniel Ortiz

SSF24 is adding a Culinary Stage, presented by YETI, for the first time, featuring cooking demos emceed by chef, YouTuber, and YETI Ambassador Brad Leone. Demo chefs include James Beard Award-winning chef and culinary star Christina Tosi of Milk Bar as her Southern Smoke Festival debut, along with star-studded chefs Brooke Williamson, Ana Castro, Fermin Nunez, Pat Martin, Mason Hereford, Kevin Fink, and Tavel Bristol-Joseph. 


This year, The Grove is home to the Lexus VIP area, featuring VIP chefs Billy Durney (Hometown BBQ and Red Hook Tavern, Brooklyn, NY) serving his famous Red Hook Tavern burgers, Kate McLean (Tony’s, Houston), and Paola Velez (Bodega Bakes, Dōekï Dōekï, Washington, DC). Alba Huerta of James Beard Award-winning bar Julep will be behind the bar. VIP tickets also include early admission at 3 pm, special wines, and the opportunity to Spin the Wheel for gifts and prizes—all in an air-conditioned space with a great view of the YETI Culinary Stage. 


Tickets go on sale July 9 with general admission starting at $225 and Lexus VIP tickets at $500. Want to get in on the action before tickets go on sale? Become a chef sponsor and experience SSF24 like an industry pro–early admission before VIP, exclusive events, and more! Chef sponsorships are available now!

Join the best wine, spirit, and beer producers and outstanding live music at Discovery Green in the heart of Downtown Houston.

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