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Pilgrimage Festival Unveils Food & Beverage Lineup

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival continues to grow its food and beverage program to offer the very best from GA to the Grand Champion Experience. This year is no exception with new partnerships with Strategic Hospitality for the VIP Village, Blackberry Farm to create the Grand Champion Experience, and other top local and regional brands. PRESS HERE for more info on passes.

"Every patron that comes through the gates of Harlinsdale Farm for Pilgrimage gets to experience the incredible music, arts, food and beverages that this region has to offer," says co-producer Brandt Wood. This year's VIP Village presents an outdoor kitchen & larder curated by Strategic Hospitality (owner of Pinewood, Bastion, and many other Nashville favorites) featuring a variety of local restaurants and chefs with rotating selections from 11am to 7pm each festival day. The VIP Village restaurant and chef roster includes Lisa White (LA Jackson & Killebrew,) Levon Wallace (Strategic Hospitality,) Martins BBQ Joint, Arnolds Country Kitchen, Trevor Moran (Strategic Hospitality,) Matt Bolus (404 Kitchen), Nathan Deunsing (Marsh House,) Taqueria Andrea, Paradise Park, Josh Habiger (Bastion,) Julia Sullivan (Henrietta Red,) Gerard Craft (Pastaria Nashville,) Mayme & Wes Parkern (Street Provisions,) and Trey Brunett & Jessica Benefeld (210 Jack.) New to the festival this year, the Grand Champion Experience with Blackberry Farm, the heralded culinary, event and hotel venue in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The Grand Champion pass includes all the amenities provided in the VIP Village Experience, plus even more exclusive access to live performances, with Blackberry Farm culinary & beverage delights at the Festival, and a private Friday night banquet. PRESS HERE for more info. On the main festival grounds, patrons will be able to experience Knob Creek's special culinary experience, Whiskey & EGGS. Knob Creek partnered with Big Green Egg to bring a taste of Clermont, Kentucky to top culinary festivals around the country. The menu is assembled by some of Knob Creek's culinary heroes, and the custom food and drink pairings elevate Knob Creek's flavor at every turn. Whiskey & EGGS will be curated by famed bar manager Chris Bostick and catering manager and chef Daniel Northcutt. Pilgrimage is introducing new this year the "Wine Experience Lounge" featuring fine, approachable wines by ViNO plus many other wines from boutique houses. The Lounge will be an indoor/outdoor wine garden designed for chilling between sets or passing the day away. This will expand on the already robust wine available festival-wide. Bell's Brewery Craft Beer Hall with televised SEC and NFL games and over 30 types of craft beer will also be back and introducing the Pilgrimage Golden Ale this year. Spirits to be featured at the festival include Tito's Handmade Vodka, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Hendrick's Gin, and Sugarlands Moonshine. Bai will be on-hand as the official non-alcoholic beverage of Pilgrimage. In addition, the Farm to Turntable Food Truck Park returns this year with 18 local food trucks including bars and shaded center court. Food trucks featured in this year's park include Banh Mi & Roll Factory, Blue Monkey Shaved Ice, Bob's Fish Fry, Burger Republic, Califarmia, Daddy's Dogs, Deezie's Hot Chicken, DegThai Truck, Dixie Chillers, Florindas Mexican, Franklin Juice, Funk Seoul Brother, Hoss' Loaded Burgers, King Tut's, Laovin It, Local Roots, Meel, Music City Brisket, Music City Ice Cream, Redbyrd Coffee Shop, Retro Sno, Smoke Et Al, The Grilled Cheeserie, and carts such as Oliver's Icebox and Padrino's Pops. Patrons also have a number of kitchens and booths to choose from including Amish Baking Co, Bluegrass Kettle Master, Chuy's Tex Mex, Corndog Inc, Hebro's Caribbean, Hibachi 4 Hire, Island Noodles, Jim 'N Nick's Community Bar-B-Q, Juice Bar Franklin, Ozark Mountain Biscuit, Pele's Wood Fire Pizza, Farmboy Smokehouse, Kokomo Joe's, Meltdown Gourmet, Nachos Tacos, Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant, The Urban Juicer, Two Guys Chicken And Fries, Tica's Burger Joint, and Romega Street Taqueria. Last month, the festival announced the addition of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds to the lineup! Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds join the already impressive list of artists that include Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Lionel Richie, Brandi Carlile, Counting Crows and more as music fans #MakeThePilgrimage September 22 and 23, 2018 to The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, TN for two unforgettable days of music, art and culture. PRESS HERE for more info or to purchase passes

The full 2018 lineup includes: Jack White * Chris Stapleton * Lionel Richie * Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Hozier * Brandi Carlile * Counting Crows Amos Lee * Bleachers * Lord Huron * Dawes Maggie Rogers * Elle King * Mat Kearney Valerie June * The Struts * Jade Bird * Kevin Griffin * Keb' Mo' The White Buffalo * Pete Yorn * The Record Company Caitlyn Smith * John Moreland * The Infamous Stringdusters * Tall Heights * Tyminski * Aaron Lee Tasjan * Jillian Jacqueline Low Cut Connie * Donovan Woods * Courtney Marie Andrews Rebirth Brass Band * Wild Rivers * Joshua Hedley * Caroline Rose Robert Finley * Devon Gilfillian *Whitney Rose * Lilly Hiatt Sarah Shook & The Disarmers * AHI * Liz Longley * Hannah Dasher Josh Martin * Bishop Gunn * Ralph's World + Friends * Siama's Congo Roots * 123 Andrés Mister G * Cajun Mike * Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers + more Experience why Rolling Stone called Pilgrimage "a festival to watch" and "one of the South's premier festivals" by The Tennessean with a 2-Day Pilgrimage pass ($185) OR 2-Day VIP Village pass ($975) as well as on-site parking passes for $60 while limited supplies last. The VIP Village is presented in partnership with Strategic Hospitality of Nashville. Want to bring the kids? No problem! Pilgrimage has something for everyone and children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by an adult Pilgrimage Pass.To purchase your passes, please The festival continues to drive tourism dollars to Williamson County and the Pilgrimage Foundation, the festival's non-profit arm, will donate a portion of each ticket sale to benefit the City of Franklin and Friends of Franklin Parks. In addition, a portion of ticket sales will also benefit MusiCares, a nonprofit organization that was established by the Recording Academy™ to provide a wide range of emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to members of the music community.


Strategic Hospitality is a Nashville-based hospitality company owned by brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg. Founded in 2006, the company has created various concepts that have contributed to the fabric of the city's dining culture. As native Nashvillians, Benjamin and Max strive to support the local community and preserve the kindness and hospitality the city is known for. To date, the portfolio includes Bastion, Henrietta Red, Le Sel, Merchants, Pinewood, The Band Box, The Catbird Seat, and The Patterson House. In 2007 the company opened up Paradise Park, a honky tonk on Lower Broadway. After 11 successful years, Strategic Hospitality had the opportunity to purchase 411 Broadway, the home of Paradise Park. They are closing Paradise Park in order to develop a new concept that will encompass all 42,000-square-feet of the building. It is expected to open in 2019. For more information, please visit

ABOUT BLACKBERRY FARM In 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills, and the name Blackberry Farm was born. Forty years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site that has become their family home and lifelong passion. Today, one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind. Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry will show you the many reasons why it is one of the top-rated properties in the world.

ABOUT BLACKBERRY FARM MUSIC Blackberry Farm hosts a diverse music series that offers guests an intimate concert experience with the likes of legends, superstars and up-and-coming talents, all in an effort to raise funds for the Blackberry Farm Foundation. The Blackberry Farm Foundation supports local children and foodways-related causes. With indoor and outdoor amphitheater staging options, shows range from very intimate 30-person audiences to concerts of approximately 100-150 people in Bramble Hall. The format is completely up to the artist including acoustic sets or full band shows. Follow Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram #MakeThePilgrimage

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