An annual festival returns to Chattanooga Saturday to celebrate whiskey production in Tennessee and raise funding for a local art gallery.
The fourth annual Tennessee Whiskey Festival will be at the First Tennessee Pavilion from 6 to 11 p.m.
Organizers created the festival "to showcase the state's craft spirits and the people who produce them." A benefit for the Hart Gallery, the festival combines craft whiskey tastings, live music and—for the second year—a judged wing competition featuring local restaurants.
General admission is $20 and allows access to the festival, wings, music and a cash bar. If you're a whiskey enthusiast, the whiskey pass is available for $60 and allows guests to sample each product being offered and includes a commemorative tasting glass. The whiskey lover package is $115, and it offers VIP parking, access to the VIP area, a free bar, a selection of snacks and more.
Click here to purchase tickets.
More than 20 distilleries will offer tastings. Prominent distillers include George Dickel, Chattanooga Whiskey, Elijah Craig and Prichard's Distillery. A variety of whiskeys and spirits from other locations will also be available. A list is available here.
Music will be provided by Gino Fanelli, along with 2017 Road to Nightfall champion Monday Night Social. The 2016 Road to Nightfall winner, Nick Lutsko, will headline the festival.
For the second year, guests will have a chance to sample local wings at the ESPN Wing Zone. Nine local wings will be available for sampling from restaurants 1885 Grill, Beast + Barrel, The Feed Co. Table & Tavern, Mike's Smokehouse, Clyde's on Main and more. Judges will determine the winner during the "wing off" competition.
Lupi's will serve authentic hand-tossed pizza.
The annual festival is presented by Brewer Media and others.
Hart Gallery is a nonproﬁt organization that "provides community outreach to other nonproﬁts by supplying art materials and volunteers to offer art classes and art therapy to the clients of these nonproﬁts." More information is here.