Tickets are on sale now for the Tennessee Whiskey Festival. (Photo: Nico Kaiser, Flickr)

The Tennessee Whiskey Festival is returning to First Tennessee Pavilion in April, and tickets are now on sale. 

The event, which is scheduled for April 18, was created to highlight the state's whiskey history and the distillers here. 

"But it’s not just about the whiskey," festival director Jay Heavilon said in a prepared statement. "While a good portion of our ticket sales do go to true whiskey connoisseurs, many of our attendees come for the food, fun and entertainment, or simply to support the beneficiary of the proceeds from the event."

He also said that there will be more distillers and vendors this year. 

"[There will be] more of everything—all for a good time and great cause," he said. 

All the proceeds from the event go to Hart Gallery, which is a local nonprofit that gives homeless and nontraditional artists a chance to create. The galley also provides community outreach to other nonprofits.

The event, which lasts from 6 to 11 p.m., is produced by Gig City Productions. 

The whiskey tasting will last from 6 until 9:30 p.m., and cash bars will be available throughout the entire festival.

Complimentary food will be available for attendees up until 9 p.m., at which time vendors will be selling food. General admission is $25. A whiskey pass is available for $45, and VIP tickets are $100. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.