The 9th Annual Franklin Wine Festival at The Factory : A “Spirited” Event Celebrating A Worthy Cause

 Big Brothers and Big Sisters of  Middle Tennessee and the children they mentor benefit from this annual Wine and Food Event extravaganza!

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The Wannabeatles jamming on Jamison Hall stage!

 Every year for the past 9 years in October, the  Factory in Franklin is transformed from the nationally registered  historical and unique shopping and dining complex into the fabulous Franklin Wine Festival . My husband and I look forward to this event every year! I have attended almost every year (except for the times I lived in Austin,Texas). This is one of the premier events for all foodies and wine enthusiasts and always for a great cause. This elegant event brings out all the fun people in the surrounding areas of Nashville to enjoy the local restaurants gourmet bites and some of the finest wines available in Nashville.

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Although we benefit from all of this wonderful food,wine,spirits,desserts and music all it one location, the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee benefit the most! The ticket price for this amazing event makes sure that this wonderful organization” provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring supported one to one relationships that change lives for the better, forever.”

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When the doors open, everyone pours in and mingles about tasting and sipping throughout the evening. The tables set up are local edibles featuring some of  Nashville’s finest small batch artisan foods and a never-ending variety of wines available in Tennessee. Cool Springs Wines and Spirits located in Franklin,Tennessee is the proud sponsor of this annual event!

*Continue to support Local Tennessee Products! Tennessee has many wonderful artisan products that reflect the unique local flavors that sets us apart from everyone else!*

 

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As I sampled and tasted my way through the table-lined halls of The Factory, I took pictures of just about everything there was to drink or eat. Since this blog can only be so long, I picked out a “few” of my favorite things. I hope you enjoy my tour!

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Angelina Nielsen Tennessee District Manager for Francis Coppola Wines featured the ever-popular bubbly Sofia Blanc de Blancs.

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Everyone is having a great time proudly wearing their red boas in support of all the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee!

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Vicki Yates from Channel 5 on CBS

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Ashley Strawn and John White from Nashville having fun this evening!

 

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Skyler D. Jones, Area Sales Manager from DFV Wines , a family vineyard that practicing sustainable farming practices, pouring wine for my hubby!

Noble Vines Wines!

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Betsy Ray On Premise Sales Rep for Aleksey’s Imports in Nashville  is pouring up up some of my favorite French wines:  Rosé Commanderie del la Bargemone  and Villa Des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Delicious food is everywhere! Sperry’s juicy Prime Rib with Horseradish is worth a second helping!

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Warm and creamy cheese-filled tortellini from the Café Fontanella Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar

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Family-owned Papa Boudreaux’s Cajun Cafe & Catering located in Franklin,Tn brings me back to my Cajun roots featuring their mouthwatering jambalaya!
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There is nothing better than premium aged Tennessee Whiskey with fresh cream to warm you up! Chilled, it is cool and creamy an full of that great whiskey flavor. Whisper Creek the Original Tennessee Sipping Cream is meant for sipping straight or for making delicious coffee drinks. I LOVE this stuff!  Check out the recipe for Whisper Creek Cream Cheese Brownies!

 

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Voted as one of the top hotspots around, Virago Robata Grill and Sushi Bar’s meticulously handcrafted sushi is always a masterpiece of beauty and flavor.

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Local Cool Cafe in Franklin,Tennessee is one of the best fine Southern meat and three’s around. Thanks to Owner/Chef Tim Ness, we all got to sample one of the best Banana Puddings you will ever eat!

 

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You know it’s gonna be a great time when you get to sip 0n Twomey, Silver Oak and Shafer Wines!

 

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My friends from the Franklin Whole Foods were having a great time as well as providing tasty mini cupcakes from the store!

 

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Olive & Sinclair locally handcrafted small batch chocolates make me proud to be from Nashville! Scott Witherow is the founder, owner and maker of these Southern-made artisan chocolates. I get my chocolate fix with the Mexican-Style Chocolate, which just happened to be at the festival!

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OK. So yet ANOTHER another locally made dessert by Colts Chocolates lined the table with Salted Caramel Gooey Bar! If you didn’t get to try these, go to www.ColtsChocolates.com and get some NOW!

 

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Randy knows how to serve up decadent cheesecake! Randy’s Famous Cheese Cake can be found at the Nashville Farmer’s Market  in the Food Court Monday throughout Saturday. Great for the holidays!

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Local Wine Enthusiasts Barb and Tony Jones volunteer for the Franklin Wine Festival!

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Nikki and Robert Sells are enjoying some of their favorite wines at this fun event!

 

 

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2  wines from Spain – Egeo Verdejo  and Amizade Godello   Some of my favorite wines to pair with paella!

 

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Jason Eskind,Chief Manager of Cumberland Cask Tennessee Straight Whiskey,  100% Distilled, Barreled, Aged, and Bottled in Tennessee!

 

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There is another new and delicious restaurant opening in town,City Fire American Oven & Bar ,which takes the place of Nashville Flats in the Gulch. I hope they are serving their creamy mashed potatoes & grilled chicken because I want more! Good thing this new restaurant is close to my house!

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Rodizio’s Grill, the Brazilian Steakhouse located in Nashville, showcased their succulent meats and sausages with a spicy sauce.

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There was no shortage of lovely ladies enjoying this evening!

 

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This is what I love about Tennessee, Moonshine! Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is small batch, handcrafted  in a variety of flavors such as Lemonade, Apple Pie, Blackberry,Cherries or White Lightnin! Great idea for cocktails. My favorite is Old Smoky Lemonade with Old Smoky Cherries on ice!

 

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 Check out the recipes on their website.

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Everyone is a winner at the Silent Auction! Generous donations of one-of-a-kind items and trips are auctioned off who ever wins these are lucky!

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Diano Marino Quartet serenades the guests in Liberty Hall

 

 

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Next October, the halls of The Factory will be yet again transformed into another successful event. I can’t wait!

 

About The Author

Lisa Mays

Lisa is passionate about wine and holds the WSET Advanced Certificate (Wine and Spirit Education Trust of London). She will be pursuing her Diploma Certificate through rigorous on-going studies and plans to attain the prestigious Master of Wine designation.

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