The Tomato Art Fest might’ve set the bar for Eastside festivalia, but our fest scene’s been hitting the gym pretty hard over the past few years, and in 2012, we can expect an impressive flex.
April of 2011 brought the first East Nashville Beer Festival; the second annual celebration of craft beer is set for March 31, 2012. (Tickets, limited to 1,600, are tentatively set to go on sale February 1, 2012; the fest folks are also threatening to drop a “major announcement” on New Year’s Day at noon.) Come May 19, we’ll see the return of fEASTival, a “Celebration of Independent Culture” that launched this past May down at Five Points. And those are just two of many.
The Beer fest boasts a sharp (and obvious) focus; fEASTival aims a little broader, shining a spotlight on local businesses, musicians, artists, fashion designers, restaurants, food trucks and other doers. The latter fest’s organizers are still in the 2012 planning stages, but one big change that’s already cemented: a move from Five Points to East Park, at 700 Woodland St.
Returning: live music running afternoon through evening; a youngster-centric Kidzone area open during the day; a food village stocked with restaurant booths; an art village with exhibits and demonstrations. Already booked solid: a full complement of food trucks, and an official after-party at comely cocktails spot No. 308.
Beyond, if you’re a maker or a doer of some sort or another, there’s a good chance you can still get involved.
What fEASTival organizer Julie Trull is still looking for: local vintage sellers for the fest’s vintage market; fashion designers interested in showing their wares; musicians and bands; restaurant participants; artists interested in creating and setting up installations. Interested parties related to any and all of that should reach out to fEASTival.Nashville(at)gmail(dot)com.
Booth costs are still being ironed out; last year’s charge was $150, and Trull expects similar pricing. Artists who’d like to contribute an installation won’t be charged for having their work onsite; if you can bring it, build it and take it away, artists are welcome to show and sell their work. Reach out to fEASTival.Nashville(at)gmail(dot)com for more detail.
Below: Take a look at a slideshow of photos from fEASTival 2011, courtesy of the festival (as with the above photo, via their Facebook page).