Food, wine festival to honor Bill Buchanan, Fuller Goldsmith

In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Chef Fuller Goldsmith stands at one of the three grills on the back porch at his family's home. Goldsmith, who died in October just days short of his 18th birthday, will be honored at the 2022 West Alabama Food and Wine Festival.

The eighth yearly West Alabama Food items and Wine Festival not only marks a return to the beloved event after two decades stalled by a pandemic, but the April 7 party will prominently honor two of its most prominent supporters.

To commemorate young chef Fuller Goldsmith, who died in Oct just times small of his 18th birthday following a nearly lifelong fight with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a personal chef-catered dinner for six will be raffled, with all proceeds heading to Fuller’s Fund, which supports the people of other children preventing most cancers.

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In memory of Invoice Buchanan, the raconteur, businessman, tourism supporter, and male who actually tied the place with each other, there will be a whiskey toast at 6. The pageant, held at the River Marketplace, 1900 Jack Warner Parkway, will also rename its Best in Demonstrate award, voted on by visitors, as the Bill Buchanan Best in Show Award, for this calendar year and relocating forward.

Buchanan, 67, died Dec. 22, of problems unrelated to the cancer he’d effectively fought off for a lot more than six decades.

The 2022 West Alabama Food and Wine Festival has decided to honor the late Bill Buchanan, Tuscaloosa racounteur and tourism master, by naming its Best in Show award the Bill Buchanan Best in Show. There'll also be a whiskey toast in his honor at the April 7 event, to be held in the River Market, also home to TTS. The festival will also note the passing of its longtime Chef Fuller Goldsmith, with a raffle in his name, all proceeds to go Fuller's Fund.

The toast will be comparatively early in the event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., mainly because Buchanan is also being feted at that night’s Druid Arts Awards, which is supplying his employer, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sporting activities, its patron of the calendar year award, in his name.

“Fuller was a part of the competition for numerous yrs,” stated Amy Martin, co-chair of the 2022 pageant. “He did a pair of competitions for us, and his loved ones is mates with some of our board users.”