The Nine Lakes Wine Festival is being postponed until September. The festival had been scheduled for early June.
The postponement is due to the recent recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Fourth Annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival is now scheduled for September 11-12 at Melton Lake Park. All previously purchased tickets, vendor booths, and sponsorship arrangements will be honored, a notice said.
“This has not been an easy decision for us,” the festival said Tuesday. “We are mindful of the potential health consequences of having large events at this time, and the economic consequences of postponing them. We want all of our festival attendees to feel comfortable and safe as they taste wine. With an abundance of caution, we feel that postponing the Nine Lakes Wine Festival until September 11-12 is the best decision we can make.”
The festival asked people to support small businesses right now, especially East Tennessee wineries, as they struggle to make payroll and small business loan payments.
“If you could call them, place an order online, or drive by to pick up a few bottles of your favorite Tennessee wines, it would help them tremendously,” the festival said.
September 11—Reserve Tasting and Dinner Under The Oaks
September 12—Sparkling Wine Seminar
September 12—Grand Tasting in the Park
Learn more and buy tickets here.