BB&T Fall for Greenville presented by Pepsi returns to downtown Greenville October 12-14, shining a spotlight on Greenville’s culinary scene. The festival will kick off on Thursday, October 11 with a free concert and continue throughout the weekend with signature tastes from 49 of Greenville’s premier restaurants and live music on six stages.
According to Fall for Greenville Board Chair Justin Pinckney, the festival continues to see a record number of restaurants and bands applying to participate in the event. “For three days, we offer an incredible festival experience with signature offerings in food, wine and craft beer,” said Pinckney. “We welcome food and music enthusiasts from across the country to join us for one of the Southeast’s must-attend events of the year.”
Throughout the three-day event, festival-goers will be treated to a taste of Greenville with over 250 unique menu offerings. Additional highlights of the weekend include:
“BB&T is delighted to support Fall for Greenville again this year and provide the opportunity for others to experience all the tremendous events and activities offered by our community,” said Jon Chilton, BB&T Greenville Market President. “This is another way we fulfill our mission to help make the communities in which we work a better place to live and underscores our commitment to the Greenville area.”
The festival will open on Thursday night at 6 p.m. with a free pre-event concert at the Peace Center Stage on the River. Musical performances will include The Jamie Wright Band at 7 p.m. and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Son Little from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Food options from Larkin’s on the River will be available for purchase on-site. Limited seating will be available for this event.
Continuing throughout the weekend, festival-goers can enjoy free concerts from 74 popular national and local entertainers, including multi-Grammy winning and world-renowned dobro and lap steel band The Jerry Douglas Band on the Carolina Chevy Stage; Charleston-based rock band The Artisanals on the West End Stage; local psychedelic folk-rock sibling duo Brother Oliver on the Live at Aloft Stage; Greenville Jazz Collective on the Furman Jazz and Blues Stage and Greenville-native country singer Ashland Craft, who recently performed for 12 weeks on the TV series The Voice, on the Iron Hill Brewery Stage. Before festival-goers arrive on-site, they can listen to featured artists and more on the festival’s Spotify station sponsored by Scene SC at https://spoti.fi/2RfId7G
This year’s festival will feature interactive mobile tours, including Chevy, showcasing the latest in Chevy vehicles and the opportunity to win exciting prizes, and Frank’s RedHot, offering product samples featuring their hot sauce. Additional festival highlights include the Shipt Kids’ Area, which will feature an entire block filled with children’s rides and activities on Broad Street. Professional chefs and food critics will also judge participating restaurants on their best dish and recognize the best entree and dessert with the US Foods Silver Spoon and Sugary Spoon awards. An awards presentation will take place on Sunday at noon on the Furman Jazz & Blues Stage.
Greenlink will provide complimentary shuttle service during BB&T Fall for Greenville. Festival-goers can park at County Square and hop on the free downtown trolley. The trolley will drop off on South Main Street, near the festival entrance. For those who would like to bike into downtown Greenville for the festival, a Bike Valet sponsored by Bikeville will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bike Valet will be located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail under the Main Street Bridge.
Festival taste tickets can be pre-purchased online through October 10 and in-person at Table 301 Catering & Kitchen, 22 E. Court Street, and Brewery 85, 6 Whitlee Court, through October 12. Tickets are $5 for a sheet of 10 and can be used throughout the festival weekend to purchase festival food and beverages, merchandise and rides in the Kids’ Area. Festival-goers who pre-purchase $50 worth of tickets (10 sheets) will receive one free sheet of tickets. No refunds will be given for pre-purchased sales.
Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, BB&T Fall for Greenville continues to support the local community by partnering with 12 local nonprofits this year. Over the past 15 years, the festival has donated over $600,000 to local charities.
Festival-goers can visit fallforgreenville.net to customize their schedule for the weekend. In addition, attendees are encouraged to stay connected with this year’s event by becoming a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/fallforgreenville and using the hashtag “#FFGVL” to join in the BB&T Fall for Greenville conversation over Twitter and Instagram.