One of the best things about Nashville — and I doubt you’ll disagree — is our city’s focus on and appreciation of all that’s local, from art to fashion to food to music. Even as our city’s grown and morphed and grabbed that “It City” descriptor, this much hasn’t changed. We love a hometown hero, a hometown upstart and a hometown mainstay.
That’s all to say that even aside of the name, the upcoming Made in Nashville festival is a distinctly Nashville event, putting local artists, crafters, musicians, food-makers and drink-slingers up on a pedestal for a day, while giving those of us who like to support those folks a chance to shop, listen, eat and drink local.
Our city also maintains a pretty distinct spirit of giving, so naturally, the event has a charitable bent too — proceeds will support the Epilepsy Foundation of Middle & West Tennessee.
This year’s fourth annual Made in Nashville is set for Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park’s Event Pavilion, and admission is free, though you’ll definitely want to bring some cash to take some locally made goodness home.
Want a little peek at what you can shop for at Saturday’s event? Here are just a few of the makers whose booths are gonna be must-hits for us:
Looking to feel good about your hygiene regimen? Rainwater Farm handcrafts all-natural herbal soaps, salves and balms out of Nashville and Maryville.
Whistle Punk Mens Grooming Co
For our bearded gentleman friends and/or the gentleman friends in your life: organic beard oil made here in Nashville that brings softness and gentlemanly fragrance to your face.
FOOD AND DRINK
Making mixology easy, Nashville’s Eli Mason crafts a collection of cocktail mixers, like Old Fashioned and Mint Julep, plus syrups and more.
Soberdough Brew Bread
If you’ve ever felt drawn to making your own bread but not so much to the potential complexity of that endeavor, give this a try: One beer plus one Soberdough mix and you have delicious, homemade (and Nashville-bred) bread.
Of course we’re going to be drawn to checking out locally made items to outfit homes, like Legacy’s handcrafted furniture, made of reclaimed and repurposed wood in nearby Pegram, Tennessee.
You a picker? RedLine Resophonics makes mandolins, acoustic and resophonic guitars right in nearby Hendersonville. And as you can see above, they’re lookers, which might not be the most important consideration, but is a pretty good bonus.
There’s tons more to shop for (and lots to listen to, too) on Saturday — check out the full day at the Made in Nashville website. If you pick up anything cool there, let us know — we’d love to hear about it!