Southeast Tourism Society Selects Crush Wine & Food Festival

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August 09, 2019

Southeast Tourism Society Selects Crush Wine & Food Festival as an ‘STS Top 20 Event’

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. 8/9/19– Southeast Tourism Society has named Crush Wine & Food Festival one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for September 2019.

This year’s Crush Wine & Food Festival is September 25th thru September 29th. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.

The sixth annual Crush Wine & Food Festival offers 150 wine labels for patrons to taste, exclusive chef dinners, whiskey and wild game pairings and more. The two main events take place in Big Spring Park East, the signature wine festival on Saturday and our new addition on Friday evening, the Whiskey and Wild Game Experience. To bookend these events, we have an intimate Champagne Kick-Off Party at the Westin on Wednesday, a Winemaker & Distiller Chef Dinner at Purveyor on Thursday and a Champagne Brunch on Sunday at The AC Hotel to cap off the week of events.

Successfully selling out tickets the past five years and the growth in Huntsville’s wine, spirits and food culture prompted organizers to expand and add whiskey to the lineup. The new, high-end, Whiskey & Wild Game experience is set to feature 20 spirits - a tent for scotch, bourbon and whiskey, each to feature wild game tastings to pair with your pour. Johnny Dolan (originally from Huntsville) executive chef at the Lion's Share in San Diego, CA. and Chef Rene Boyzo with Purveyor partner to provide an unforgettable evening in Big Spring Park.

“The Top 20 Festival and Event Program is celebrating 34 years of spotlighting the best festivals and events in the Southeast. Our goal is to provide well-deserved accolades for the dedicated event organizers and additional media exposure for their events,” said Monica Smith, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society. “The Southeast offers so many unique, year-round, opportunities for attendees to create memories and support an industry that is an economic generator for its community.”

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Roswell, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting travel and tourism within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.


Ashley Ryals