FRANKLIN, TN (October 22, 2016) — Hannah McIntosh
“We are still a giving state,” says Peggy Floyd of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Considering all the hard work put into this year’s Franklin Wine Festival held at the historic Factory on October 21 st , she said, “It’s amazing to see something be so good.”
The event, however, was much more than good. With more than $1.6 million raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters, to say the event was a success is an understatement. All of the money raised from the festival goes directly to the Nashville youth mentoring organization. Sarah Beatty, the event coordinator, explained, “The volunteers arrive at 9:00 in the morning and give up their day, so it’s pretty phenomenal.” No one would know the vendors were tired, however, as their smiles and cheer were contagious.
Guests were able to stroll from the atmospheric Liberty Hall, which held the main stage and silent auction, down through the Factory corridor lined with wine and delicious food from restaurants like Sprinkles Cupcakes, Jim N’ Nicks, and Sperry’s. The provisions felt never-ending as the vendor tables stretched all the way into Jameson Theatre, which was also complete with its own stage and seating. The sophisticated yet charming venue proved itself perfect for the large mingling crowd.
Although the amazing food and wine were the primary focus of the festival, the great cause at the heart of the fun was never far from mind, as the projector screens throughout the venue showcased the growing funds raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The silent auction items, which included beautiful artwork, dinners at restaurants like The Yellow Porch and
, and even a Cancun Getaway, scrolled on the screens for all attendees to see, along with their respective number of bids.
The fun did not wane as the evening progressed, especially with the interactive photo booth and the crowning of a new King and Queen of the Vines. However, when the evening finally ended, the excitement is not quite over. As a proud sponsor, Cool Springs Wine & Spirits holds the “Largest Wine Sale in Tennessee” during the week following the event. All wines that were featured at the festival will be on sale October 22nd until October 28th .