Most of us are gearing up for Halloween right about now — parties, costumes, pumpkin-picking escapades, etc. But if you live in or frequent East Nashville, we’d like to turn your attention to the day before, which brings the Day of the Dead Tequila Festival at The Pavilion East.
Now an annual event brought to us by the events company behind such staple Nashville celebrations as the Nashville Pride Festival and a the Tomato Art Fest, the Tequila Fest might make for a great pre-game opportunity for your Halloween weekend celebrating, or, if you have kids, it might be a solid opportunity to have a night for you before all the focus is on your little ones’ tricks and treats.
To give you a little look into what’s in store at the East Nashville celebration, here’s the Day of the Dead Tequila Festival, by the numbers:
Number of tequilas you’ll be invited to sample at the festival, including Don Julio, el Jimador, Peligroso, Cabo Diablo and lots more. If you’re a budding tequila snob, this is a great opportunity to explore a mix of established-favorite and new-to-you flavors.
Number of bucks it’ll set you back to snag tacos from one of East Nashville’s tastiest newer additions, The Local Taco. If you haven’t tried their food yet, a few recommendations: the Korean BBQ taco (short rib with Asian slaw) and Southern Fried (buttermilk fried chicken) are beyond top notch. We’re not sure what they’ll have on site, but feel confident that it’ll be worth way more than $2. (Along with the East location, at 1100 Fatherland, Suite 104, Local Taco also has restaurants in Sylvan Park and Brentwood).
Number of extra bucks it’ll cost you to fill up on chips and salsa to go with your tacos.
The number of years since East Nashville’s Fannie Battle Day Home for Children — which will benefit from festival proceeds — was created. The organization is the oldest child care center in Middle Tennessee, and it continues to serve local families facing economic and educational hardships. So by taking part in the Day of the Dead Tequila Festival, you’re having a good time for a great cause.
What a general admission ticket will cost you — giving you access to tequila tastings, the chips and salsa bar, musical accompaniment from the QDP DJs, the chance to bust some pinatas, get Sugar Skull face painting (above) and lots more.
Number of hours you’ll have to explore flavors and celebrate. The festival runs 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 30.
Number of hours between the Day of the Dead Tequila Festival’s kickoff and the actual Day of the Dead (or rather, Día de los Muertos), celebrated on November 1. Since it’s a Sunday this year, and Sundays aren’t quite as tequila/taco party-friendly as Friday, the celebration date seems like a smart call.
Planning on going? Tag us (@acrestate) if you snap any pictures there, we’d love to see them!