By CHRIS CHAMBERLAIN
This story first ran in our sister publication the Nashville Scene.
As far as music, food and culture festivals go, Pilgrimage at the Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin is already pretty plush, but there’s an extra level of luxury that we can all aspire to. For the two-day festival Sept. 21-22, organizers are offering the “Grand Champion Experience With Blackberry Farm,” an over-the-top experience offering premier festival access, cuisine, amenities and more.
Luxury comes a price; in this case $2,500 for the weekend. But you’ve still got a week to hit the Powerball, so start scratching those lottery tickets and keep reading to learn what you can experience.
Blackberry Farm package guests begin their elevated festival weekend with premium parking with and express lane entrance and private cart service to the festival grounds, already a helluva perk. Grand Champion ticketholders will be treated to exclusive music performances, access to artist meet-and-greets and an elegantly appointed VIP lounge with premium bathroom facilities. Check, check and check!
On the food and drink side, VIP guests will be able to partake in ongoing selections of farm-to-table dishes provided by Blackberry Farm, the high-end resort in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, just 25 miles from Knoxville. The resort is well-known for its special brand of cuisine, in which local chefs pay homage to locally sourced and seasonally fresh products grown on the property’s 4-acre garden.
Furthering the farm-to-table dining atmosphere, “Grand Champion Experience” patrons will be able to take their Pilgrimage selfies in front of facades representing three iconic buildings that are familiar to anyone who has ever been lucky enough to visit Blackberry Farm: The Barn, The Larder and The Main House. Additionally, the “Grand Champion Experience with Blackberry Farm” pass offers festivalgoers the chance to partake in spirits and libations created by some of the South’s most talented mixologists and enjoy products from Blackberry Farm Brewery, which will be creating a custom Pilgrimage beer for pass-holders to enjoy.