Blues and Brews Craft Beer Festival this Saturday

Nina Lunn and other volunteers are ready to serve craft beer at 2018 Blues and Brews.

COOKEVILLE – The sixth annual Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 in Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St. in downtown Cookeville. 

This craft brew festival is a major fundraiser for WCTE-Upper Cumberland PBS. 

Blues & Brews has become a fan favorite among Upper Cumberland festivals where patrons can find a unique collection of 100+ craft beers from Cookeville, the Upper Cumberland, Tennessee and beyond. The featured local brewers’ area will return this year with Red Silo, Calfkiller, Hix Farm, Jig Headand more. The Tennessee Home Brewers Association from across the state will be doing on-site demonstrations as well as tastings.

WCTE encourages patrons to get ready to jam out to some awesome blues music. This year WCTE is excited to announce two new bands, Bad Mojo and Few Miles On. Live music will be played throughout the day beginning at 11 am. 

The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. with the VIP Stein Social, a social hour for VIP patrons, brewers and vendors only, followed by general admission from 12-5 p.m. VIP ticket holders can enjoy complimentary food and beer pairings in the hospitality tent, changing throughout the day. Buffalo Wild Wings, Char, and other local favorites will be featured in the VIP area. A variety of other food vendors, including The Chubby Donkey, Smoking Paws, Naked Salsa, and more, will be onsite featuring a large selection of unique and delicious food options. 

Tickets are $40 advance purchase for general admission and $75 advance purchase for VIP. Designated driver tickets are also available for only $15. Visit to reserve your ticket. Those who register to run in WCTE’s Haunted Half Marathon on Oct. 19 at 7:00 a.m. can purchase Blues & Brews tickets at a discounted rate.

“Blues and Brews is the best ‘grownup’ event of the fall, and I have so much fun getting compliments for my talent at pulling beer, which I have done the last three years,” said Nina Lunn, UCBC board member.

WCTE has served the Upper Cumberland for more than 40 years as the regions premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, making it a strategic partner in education, health services, government, arts and music. WCTE is a 501(c) 3 and is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council. WCTE is one of only 350 PBS member stations nationwide.

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