Off the Duck was proud to be a sponsor of the Inaugural Spring Hill Wine Festival, organized by the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce, which was a sell-out event at over 350 attendees. Held at the historic Oaklawn Plantation on Saturday, May 7, the event featured more than 100 wines, live music and culinary stations from top local restaurants.
After touring the historic Oaklawn home, guests were handed a commemorative wine glass for the tastings before entering the back lawn. Tables dotted the grounds and lights twinkled in the trees as the sun set behind the rolling hills. Festival organizers say inspiration for the event came from the "Seeing Red Wine Festival" in Seaside, Florida. You may remember Off the Duck and Small Town Jam attended the Seeing Red Festival last fall and our coverage of the event HERE.
Guests mingled and tasted a variety of foods from Homestead Manor, Circa Grille, Gigi's Cupcakes, Taziki's, Jack of Hearts, O'Charley's, Padrino's Pops and Buffalo Wild Wings in between tastings. Over 100 wines and spirits were available for tastings and were provided by local liquor shop, Elixir Spirits.Off the Duck saw several familiar faces among the guests, including Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham and his wife Alicia who enjoyed seeing the bustling event bring out so many neighbors and friends from Spring Hill and the surrounding area.
Alicia Graham, George Bobier, Mayor Rick Graham
Built circa 1835, Oaklawn Plantation has both a civil war and country music history. General John Bell Hood established the headquarters of the Army of Tennessee at Oaklawn in 1864. It was also the home of George Jones and Tammy Wynette for a short while. Tennessee heritage was on display around the grounds -- from the plantation barns and cabin to classic cars and a decorative buggy. Tours and venue information can be found on their website www.historicoaklawn.com.
Local band Colt 6 kept the party going with the sounds of rock, rhythm and blues late into the evening. As the event came to a successful close, attendees lingered enjoying one last picturesque view before heading home. The event was truly one for the books and something to look forward to in 2017. A big thank you to the Spring Hill Chamber for organizing the event, along with the Spring Hill Wine Fest Committee, volunteers, sponsors, distributors and restaurants. To see more photos of the event you can go to our Social Snaps page by clicking HERE.