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Event Celebrates 13th year on Friday, October 13

The organizers of the 13th annual Franklin Wine Festival, presented by Cool Springs Wines & Spirits and supported by Nissan to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, are gearing up for a stellar year of wine, beer, food, and entertainment happening Friday, October 13 at The Factory at Franklin.

Tables offering delicious tastings of wine, food, and even artisan beers are scattered strategically throughout The Factory at Franklin for a unique, indoor “stroll” like none other. The Franklin Wine Festival features more than 300 wines, all hand-picked by the experienced team at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits for their unique flavors and exceptional quality.

The group also selects 30 artisan beers to tempt taste buds who lean more towards a sudsy treat than the others, and many of Middle Tennessee’s finest chefs and caterers join in the delicious parade of offerings.

Confirmed restaurants to date include Sperry’s Restaurant, The Honeysuckle Restaurant, Trattoria Il Mulino, and Granite City Brewery among many others.

Live musical entertainment is offered in both Liberty and Jamison Halls: such interesting artists as The Ukedelics, the Nashville Singers, the Cosmic Collective, Jon Wesson and Sullivan, David Seckman, and Michael Biscotto will entertain guests.

A silent auction for the event has already started, bidding is done online via All kinds of items can be found, with more being added daily.


Approximately 2,000 attendees sample from more than 300 wines throughout the Factory at Franklin, courtesy of the Franklin Wine Festival benefiting
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

More than 250 volunteers assist with the evening.

Photo credit: Tausha Ann Photography



The Franklin Wine Festival is such an all-encompassing experience, there is even a group of individuals who are fundraising in order to be crowned “King and Queen of the Vines.” This year’s “Royal Court” is holding multiple fundraising events in preparation.

All proceeds from the Franklin Wine Festival benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and allow the organization to offer mentorship programs to children in Middle Tennessee. The annual event has raised more than $1.8 Million for the charity to date.

Full event information is available at