Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Will Be a Feast for Your Ears and Your Mouth

You’re sure to eat, drink and be merry as you soak up the music at Pilgrimage!

Written by Chris Chamberlain
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Will Be a Feast for Your Ears and Your Mouth
FRANKLIN, TN - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Musicians Andy Falco,Travis Book, Jeremy Garrett, Andy Hall and Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters perform onstage during day 1 of Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival 2018 on September 22, 2018 in Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)

Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that this year’s 5th Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival held September 21-22 at The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin is going to be a musical extravaganza. From headliners like Keith Urban, Foo Fighters and The Killers to some other fantastic acts farther down the bill such as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Leon Bridges and Justin Townes Earle, it’s going to be a weekend of amazing performances.

But that’s not the only reason to buy tickets ASAP to be a part of Pilgrimage. There’s also going to be some amazing food spread across the festival grounds presented by some of Music City’s favorite restaurants and food trucks. The entire Pilgrimage experience is intended to be immersive, including food, drink, art and culture along with the music.

You won’t even have to miss the big games on Saturday or Sunday as the Bell’s Brewery Craft Beer Hall returns for the third year with the thoughtful addition of giant LED screens featuring NCAA and NFL programming all weekend long along with Bell’s fantastic brews. If you’re not a beer drinker, you can take advantage of some of Pilgrimage’s spirits partners, including Blue Chair Bay, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka for alternative beverages.

Come hungry, because Pilgrimage offers a plethora of great food options from local favorites like Burger Republic, Daddy’s Dogs, The Mac Shack, Funk Seoul Brother, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Fruit Tea Chicks, Grilled Cheeserie, Puckett’s Grocery, Tennessee Cobbler Co. and Retro Sno. That’s not even half of the more than 40 vendors who will be on hand selling their wares, but typing all those names made us hungry so we had to take a break!

For the ultimate food, drink and music experience, take advantage of the luxe “Grand Champion Experience with Blackberry Farm.” Admittedly, those coveted two-day passes are pretty pricey, but if you want to be a big baller, they are now on sale at the festival website. The perks are pretty amazing, beginning with premium parking and cart transfer to and from the festival grounds.

Known for premium hospitality at their exclusive resort Walland, TN, Blackberry Farm has curated an experience for Grand Champion ticket holders that is akin to a stay at their property. Those lucky Pilgrimage pilgrims will receive private performances and meet-and-greets with some of the musical artists, access to an open bar all weekend, special stage deck viewing platforms, an air conditioned clubhouse with premium bathroom facilities and a special Blackberry Farm swag bag filled with gift merch from the resort’s collection.

The Grand Champion Experience with Blackberry Farm pass also offers festival-goers the chance to partake in spirits and libations created by some of the South’s most talented mixologists. Likewise, Blackberry Farm Brewery will be creating a custom Pilgrimage beer for pass holders to enjoy.

Whether you attend in the lap of luxury with Blackberry Farm or just kick back in your own camping chair, you’re sure to eat, drink and be merry as you soak up the music at Pilgrimage!