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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Homegrown Huntsville will host the first Big Spring Crush wine festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Big Spring Park East.

Over 80 wine labels will be featured and a stage will have local entertainment. Food trucks and restaurants will also be on site with wine-inspired cuisine.

The Eaves Restaurant and Church Street Wine Shop will partner to sponsor an exclusive VIP tent for a limited 200 guests. The VIP pass gives access to a gated VIP area with high end wine and food tastings prepared by Matt Mell, owner of Church Street Wine Shop, and Chef Merle Phillip, owner and executive chef of The Eaves Restaurant. 

VIP passes are available at $63 per person. 

"I'm creating dishes designed to pair beautifully with Church Street's wine selections," said Chef Phillip. 

There will also be live wine centric cooking demos available for VIP guests as well as special food and wine perks that can be used during the event and redeemed after at The Eaves Restaurant. 

Homegrown said Mayor Tommy Battle is excited about the development of a downtown wine festival for Huntsville and is confident that Ashley Ryals, owner and creator of Homegrown, will host a successful event for the community.

"It is exciting to see the energy continue to grow downtown with new and different events for people to enjoy," said Battle. "The Big Spring Crush Wine Festival is certain to be another popular annual event for Huntsville." 

Tickets are on sale starting Monday, June 23 and are limited to ensure a successful first year. General admission tickets allow access to the festival and the wine tastings.

The first 200 general admission tickets are 38 dollars, the next group will be 43 dollars, and the remaining tickets will be 48 dollars. Tickets purchased at the gate are 55 dollars. All tickets can be purchased at www.HomegrownHuntsville.com

Private tents will also be available in "The Grove." Ten tents are available. They are 500 dollars and include two VIP passes, a 10x10 tent, an eight foot table and an option for catering by an on-site restaurant. 

If interested in gates, stage and other sponsorship opportunities, contact Ryals at 256-683-0966.

A portion of proceeds from the event will go to Downtown Huntsville Inc. to underwrite interactive art downtown. For more information, visit www.DowntownHuntsville.org

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