(Photo attached – pictured left to right: Randall Hutto- County Mayor, Roger Tyo-TDS Telecom, Anita Spicer-Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, David Gerkin-Edwards Porter Group, Brandon Edwards-Edwards Porter Group, Charity Toombs-Wilson County Expo Center
The Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of the 14th annual A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival to Wilson County. Due to lack of space in Wilson County which would allow alcohol to be served, this signature fundraiser has been held outside the county for several years.
“We are so excited to host the Wine Festival at the Expo. This is huge for the Expo and Wilson County on many different fronts. This will be the first time in many years that the Wine Festival has come to our county, proving that Wilson County is the place to be. I would like to thank Mark Hinesley personally for his leadership and guidance in this project” says Randall Hutto, Wilson County Mayor.
This festival is unique in that it celebrates Tennessee agri-tourism and is supported by Pick Tennessee Products and the Tennessee Farm Wine Growers Association. With 25+ Tennessee wineries, over 40 local artisans and specialty food vendors, plus wine and food experience seminars, this popular event has grown each year, largely by word of mouth, with expected attendance in 2017 of 4,000+.
Charity Toombs, Director of Marketing for the Expo Center remarks “The Exposition Center is honored to host the upcoming Wine Festival. This signature event is key to our community and we are excited to be a part!”
Mt. Juliet Chamber representatives are excited about new plans being developed for the 14th annual wine festival.
“Moving to the Expo Center provides us with a great opportunity to expand and rebrand! Even with our tremendous success in the last 13 years, this change of venue will allow us to make it even better. Festivalgoers will be pleased with the changes we’re planning for the 2017 festival, such as adding a beer tasting area and a row of popular food trucks just outside. The sky is the limit at our new location!” says Mark Hinesley, Chamber President.
Hinesley continues… “We would especially like to thank our two returning title sponsors, Edwards Porter Group and TDS Telecom. We couldn’t pull this festival together without their generous support and we look forward to a continued partnership in 2017. Be sure to check out www.atoasttotennessee.com over the next few months for an updated list of vendors and sponsors, as well as announcements about other exciting changes and enhancements. Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for ticket discounts and promotions!”