This Saturday, 2,000 wine connoisseurs will gather in Downtown Huntsville to celebrate the fourth annual Big Spring Crush Wine Festival and sample more than 150 wines from around the world!
Ashley Ryals, owner and chief creator of Homegrown Huntsville, saw the need for a wine festival in the Rocket City and has worked tirelessly each year to bring the event to life. Guests can expect new twists and experiences to the lineup and enjoy a fresh take on what was voted Downtown Event of the Year in 2015.
“I think my favorite part of planning and putting on the event is contributing to the economic growth and development of downtown,” said Ashley. “We have return customers each year and everyone seems to love it. This year we have plenty of new surprises for guests to enjoy.”
Crunkleton will be there this year as a major sponsor and would love to invite you to join us for this fun event! You can find us at the “Crunkleton Tent” where guests will be purchasing beer and wine by the glass and wine bottles throughout the evening.
How did it all begin?
“I got started with Homegrown Huntsville five years ago,” said Ashley. “It all began with our signature event series—Dine & Dash. I always knew Huntsville needed a wine festival, but it wasn’t the right timing for downtown. So, I put on Dine & Dash for three years to build up a database of wine lovers.”
After Downtown Huntsville, Inc. made strides in revitalizing the downtown area, Ashley knew it was time to implement the festival. She hoped for 1,000 attendees the first year but ended up with 1,500.
The event started in 2014 after Ashley spent months coordinating with her team and with local vendors to supply wine and other elements. It wasn’t long until the festival gained the attention of wine suppliers in California.
“The wine industry is taking notice,” explained Ashley. “In fact, we have nine suppliers from California this year. Huntsville is growing as a wine community and the support we give to local events encourages these suppliers and vendors to reach out.”
What can you expect this year?
“Every year comes with its twists and turns, and we are big on keeping things fresh,” said Ashley. “We also have some old favorites that we keep bringing back because people seem to love them.”
VIP Three-Course Dinner
This year, VIP guests will be treated to a delectable three-course dinner provided by Church Street Purveyor.
And if that wasn’t enough, they will also be able to indulge in 25 additional high-end wines while dining and watching SEC football on large monitors.
Beer and Wine Sales Tent
Crunkleton is proud to sponsor the Beer and Wine Sales Tent! If you’ve sipped through several wines and discovered one you can’t live without, come by the tent to purchase it by the bottle at special pricing. It’s also the perfect place to grab a glass of wine that will pair wonderfully with your entree from the local food trucks.
All wine bottles will have special festival pricing that night only! This means it’s the perfect evening to stock up your wine cellar.
Pop-Up Local Market
All vendors in the market will be giving out samples, as well as free water to keep guests hydrated.
Cork and Cream—in case you haven’t heard—makes wine ice cream! Yes, you can have your wine and eat it too.
Let loose and pretend you’re in Napa Valley by entering the grape stomping exhibit. Guests can donate any amount of money to stomp the grapes and all proceeds go directly to Susie’s Wish Foundation that sends local people with terminal cancer to the beach.
It’s a fun way to experience the wine making process and give to a great cause.
There will be a stellar lineup of local foods trucks that will be showcasing “wine-inspired menu items.” This means they will pair perfectly with your glass of white or red.
And what’s a festival without entertainment? Live music will begin at 4 p.m. and last throughout the evening.
4 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Milltowne Band
6:15 p.m. – Alabama Commercial Wine Competition Awards
6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Winslow Davis Ensemble
We are thrilled to be a part of the event and we can’t wait to see you there. If you have any questions or still need to purchase your tickets, you can get all the info you need and more at www.homegrownhuntsville.com.
Click here to purchase your tickets, and use the promo code “crunkleton” to get $10 off general admission!
Have you been to Big Spring Crush before? Will you be coming this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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