Frequently Asked Questions

When do tickets go on sale? Where do I purchase them?

Tickets go on sale Monday, September 12 at noon. The only place to purchase them is on this website,

What is the difference between a VIP ticket and general admission?

VIP ticket holders have early admission to the event at 3pm. They also have access to premium wines and will receive a bag that includes cookbooks written by some of the visiting chefs and other cool gifts.

Is the event kid-friendly?

We will be checking IDs at the door, and you must show your ID to enter and drink alcohol. Anyone over the age of 3 must purchase a ticket. Strollers are not permitted. There are no discounts for a child’s ticket.

What time does Will Call open?


What happens if it rains?

This event is rain or shine. The event will not be rescheduled, and we will not issue refunds.

Are there vegetarian items?

Click here to view the menu.

Where do I park?

We will offer valet parking, but space is limited. We strongly suggest you consider an alternate form of transportation (Uber, taxi, get your mom to drop you off).

Can I come and go from the event? 

There is no re-entry.

I purchased a VIP ticket. When/where do I pick up my signed cookbooks?

We will distribute VIP bags near the entrance/exit (look for the Lexus LX). You can pick up your bags at any time during the event. We will be marking your VIP lanyard tag to confirm you have picked up your bag.

I’m coming in from out of town, and I haven’t secured a hotel room yet. Do you have special rates at any local hotels?

The JW Marriott Downtown is our host hotel, and they have graciously offered a $149/night rate for Southern Smoke guests. Click here to book your room.

I’m interested in being a Southern Smoke sponsor. Who should I contact?

Please contact Lindsey Brown at