Blue Slip Winery Announces Second Food Truck Park Date and Concert Series for Third Thursdays

DSC_8079Knoxville, Tenn. – Blue Slip Winery and CFC Strategies presents the second edition of Knoxville’s first Food Truck Park, a part of the Southern Station Live concert series on Thursday, May 21st, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The monthly Food Truck Park will continue to be a free admission, family-friendly event every Third Thursday of each month at the Historic Southern Railway Station, located at 306 West Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN.

“We were ecstatic with the reception we got from the first park in early April,” said Linn Slocum, President of Blue Slip Winery. “Despite the weather, hundreds came to enjoy good food and the setting the station the provides. We think that we have created something pretty special and hope it will continue to grow in popularity.”

Southern Station Live’s central focus is to establish a similar atmosphere that promotes small, independent businesses and local singer/songwriters within the community. The first business to sponsor the series, Raven Records, will sell vinyl records and 90.3 The Rock WUTK-FM, also a sponsor, will be on hand with a booth with giveaways and prizes.

Food trucks to be in attendance include Breezy Weenie, Forks on the Road, Gonzo Gourmet, Hawg Dawg’s, Holy Smokin BBQ, The Lunch Box, Poutine Mobile, Retro Taco, Savory & Sweet, Tootsie Truck, and more to be added. In addition, Blue Slip wine will be available for purchase, with tours of the Historic Southern Railway Station trains, and music from local singer/songwriter Mike Snodgrass. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy the atmosphere the park provides.

“This is just another opportunity to combine two great things about Knoxville, food and talented, original artists that live right here in the city,” said CFC Strategies’ Clay Crownover. “We want to create something that really celebrates the local music scene, and help to promote the artists long after they have played the station.”

For more information, visit www.blueslip.com, www.knoxvillefoodtrucks.com and www.southernstationlive.com.

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Knoxville’s First Food Truck Park to kick off First Friday

Knoxvillefoodtruckpark-01Knoxville, Tenn. – A number of Knoxville’s finest gourmet food trucks will converge together to form the Southern Railway Station Food Truck Park and Market, Knoxville’s first, on First Friday, April 4th at Blue Slip Winery at the Historic Southern Railway Station.

“We are excited to bring Knoxville’s food trucks to the station all at one time in this setting,” said Blue Slip Winery President Linn Slocum. “Food trucks have exploded across the country because of the convenience, the diversity in choices and, of course, because the food is extremely good.”

The food truck park, modeled after Food Park’s in Houston, Atlanta, Austin and Dallas will feature seven of the eleven food trucks currently licensed to serve in the City of Knoxville, as well as The Vagabond mobile boutique. Food trucks include Breezy Weenie, Farm to Griddle Crepes, Forks on the Road, Gonzo Gourmet, Poutine Mobile, Savory and Sweet, and Tootsie Truck. Live music will be provided, along with Blue Slip wine tasting and tours of the Historic Southern Railway Station and Old Smokey Railway Museum.

A calendar and links to all the licensed food trucks can be found at www.knoxvillefoodtrucks.com and a list of wines at www.blueslipwinery.com.

Slocum concluded, “Blue Slip Winery puts on a lot of our own events from live music and comedy events to dinner theatres and we always use the food trucks because of the convenience and the demand for them. It really is a blessing to have them around and this setting will allow the people of Knoxville the opportunity to experience them all at one time.”

The Southern Railway Station Food Truck Park and Market will begin during First Friday festivities, April 3 at 6:30pm at the Historic Southern Railway Station located at 306 W. Depot Avenue. The event is sponsored and produced by Blue Slip Winery and CFC Strategies.

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Daily Beacon: Knoxville Comedy showcase delivers laughs

When Knoxville native Douglas Parker informed me the Station Comedy Showcase “is one of the best in the city,” I couldn’t wait to take a seat and watch the festivities.

I was surprised to see a railroad station when I arrived at this secluded location, the Historic Southern Railway Station. I stepped into a low lit, small bar/gift shop crowded with eager people; the small talk featured discussion about the signature Blue Slip Wine provided by the company and excitement for events to come.

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Blue Slip Winery hosts events at Historic Southern Railway Station

There is more riding on the tracks at the Historic Southern Railway Station than boxcars.

Following months of renovation and the Blue Slip Winery getting settled into its new digs, the venue is starting to shake, rattle and roll with activity.

“So many wineries offer weddings and other events but we were limited to opportunities at our old site. Now we are so excited because we have the space to offer many possibilities,” said Linn Slocum, president of Blue Slip Winery and co-owner of the railway station. The Old Smoky Railroad Museum is also located at the site.

In addition to the retail area of the winery where wine samplings are held, the main dining room holds 180 to 200 people and the smaller Barrel Room has an occupancy of 50. There’s also an upstairs ballroom that can accommodate up to 300.

“We’ve already had a number of wedding receptions, a few weddings and corporate parties,” she said.

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Blue Slip Presents New Sanctuary for Singer/Songwriters

BLUE SLIP WINERY in association with the Southern Railway Station presents

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:30pm
Handsome and the Humbles (Record Release Show)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:30pm
Zack Miles

DSC_5017Knoxville, Tenn. – Blue Slip Winery, Knoxville’s first winery and the State of Tennessee’s first urban winery celebrated the successful launch last night of Southern Railway Station Live, a unique musical experience combining local wine, food and music in Knoxville. On Tuesday, Robert Lee, who appeared on last seasons ‘The Voice’ played to a crowd of friends and family for the inaugural show. Surrounded by 8 tables in the 1,776 square foot Southern Railway Station Spencer Ballroom, with the backdrop of train cars, and food provided by Forks on the Road food truck, Blue Slip hopes to provide a musical experience unlike any other in Knoxville.

“There are a lot of excellent musicians in Knoxville and the surrounding area,” said Linn Slocum, President of Blue Slip Winery. “We want to create an atmosphere in this space that celebrates the artists and their music, somewhat of a sanctuary for singer/songwriters in the area.”

DSC_5037Doors open at 6:00pm and show time is 7:30pm. Future shows at the Southern Station will be acoustic based and encourage freedom among the artists, but also create a sense of vulnerability in terms of how the room is setup. All shows will feature wine from Blue Slip Winery and food from Forks on the Road, with future sponsorship opportunities in the works. Admission for shows is currently $10.00, with advance purchases strongly suggested.

“I had a great time, the staff was awesome, the crowd was awesome and the room sounded amazing,” said Robert Lee, who performed last night. “It was most certainly a nice change up from playing a normal gig.”

To purchase tickets to future shows, visit southernstationtn.com/upcomingshows or blueslip.com/event-calendar

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About Blue Slip Winery

Blue Slip Winery is Knoxville’s first winery and Tennessee’s first urban winery located in the Historic Southern Railway Station. Our wine is made from all locally grown fruit from Tennessee growers, which is made onsite at the railway station. Blue Slip prides itself on providing a unique urban, historical and truly Tennessee wine experience.

For more information,
Contact: Clay Crownover, media@blueslip.com
(703) 717-8992