The weather was ideal for last year’s Brewfest, but the popular beer festival in downtown Franklin won’t be happening in 2019. / File photo
Even if there’s rain in the forecast, the streets of downtown Franklin will be dry this Saturday.
For the first time in 16 years, the annual Brewfest will not be happening on the Saturday that precedes St. Patrick’s Day, which this year falls on March 16.
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association announced earlier this year it will not be hosting the popular beer festival, which annually has featured around 70 different craft brews for attendees over 21.
According to a press release from the DFA, the organization has new priorities after it had recently hired Jill Burgin as executive director of Main Street Program. The outgoing mayor of Brentwood, Burgin started her new positon with the Foundation in January. She was asked immediately to focus on the national reaccreditation of the Main Street Program that was due at the end of that month.
In addition, the transition brings a prime opportunity to re-evaluate organizational focus and partner with the city of Franklin on other community priorities such as public restrooms and public parking. All the work of the DFA is aligned with the four-point approach of the National Main Street Program: organization, design, promotions and economic vitality.
The Heritage Foundation, parent organization of the DFA and The Franklin Theatre, puts on three annual festivals in downtown Franklin: the Main Street Festival in April, Pumpkinfest in October and Dickens of a Christmas in December. The Heritage Foundation’s goal is to ensure all Foundation, DFA and Franklin Theatre events are planned and executed at a level of excellence.
“We take pride in the festivals and the work that goes into making them wonderful events for Williamson County residents and visitors alike,” Heritage Foundation CEO Bari Beasley said in the press release. “We hold all of our events to a high standard, and the same goes for Brewfest.”
Although there is not a scheduled Brewfest for this year, the DFA is not putting a definite end to the event.
“When I was informed that Brewfest wouldn’t be happening this year, I understood the desire to focus on the main public festivals,” Burgin said. “I know many folks, including myself, enjoyed Brewfest for the past few years, and we certainly will evaluate bringing it back some time in the future.”
For more information about the Downtown Franklin Association, visit www.DowntownFranklinTN.com.