The Tennessee Whiskey Festival was crafted to celebrate the state’s local spirits and the people behind them. The third annual festival is this Saturday, offering enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike a chance to sample Tennessee’s best.
Participants who purchase VIP or Whiskey passes will have the opportunity to taste dozens of hand-crafted spirits from some of the state’s best distilleries. Brands featured will include Tennessee Legend, George Dickel, Chattanooga Whiskey, and Beechtree Distillery. Local craft beer and specialty drinks will also be provided at a cash bar, open to general admission.
Local food vendors include Southern Burger Company, Lupi’s Pizza, and Monkey Town Donut Company, as well as a new addition to the festival: The ESPN Wing Zone. Festival participants will be served ten chicken wings from local restaurants, including Beast & Barrel, 1885, and Sing It or Wing It. Participants will have the opportunity to cast their vote on which wings are best, and the winner will be announced at the end of the night.
Since country music provides the perfect soundtrack to whiskey, live music will be played by Backwater Still, Black Lilies, and local band Marlow Drive. All participants will have access to the performances and, to quote the festival website, a chance to “dance holes in their shoes.”
The festival even offers the chance to drink to a good cause, with all proceeds going to the Hart Gallery. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and tasting will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or online at tnwhiskeyfestival.com