A little Nashville in Norfolk as first NashFest 757 starts Saturday

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A little bit of Nashville is coming to Norfolk this Saturday, complete with music, food and beer.

The first NashFest 757 will be from noon to 8 p.m. in Town Point Park. It’s free and open to the public, but there will be craft beer and bourbon samplings ranging from $7 for single bourbon to $30 for a craft beer package.

“We felt that if we could capture the iconic culture and cuisine and fuse together all of the elements that make Nashville one of America’s most popular cities.… it could be a big hit,” wrote Jordan Lett, marketing director for Norfolk FestEvents, in an email.

The live entertainment lineup includes Blues singer Clarence Spady at 12:30; Smithfield native and Nashville recording artist Celeste Kellogg, 2:30; Georgia Thunderbolts, 4:30; Keith Anderson, 6:30.

Guests wanting a taste of Nashville favorites can grab food from Richmond-based Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O BBQ, Latin2Soul food truck from Hampton, Newport News-based Starjayz BBQ and other restaurants. Country gear, such as boots and hats, will be on sale from Smithfield shop Cowgirl Crossing.

Several thousand people are expected to attend but Norfolk FestEvents asks that people feeling sick to stay home. It also recommends that people follow the current guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC states that masks are generally not required in outdoor settings, but in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, guests should consider wearing them in crowded outdoor settings or spaces with others who are not fully vaccinated.

For more information on NashFest 757, go to www.tinyurl.com/Nashfest757.

Saleen Martin, 757-446-2027, saleen.martin@pilotonline.com

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If you go

When: 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Town Point Park, 113 Waterside Drive

Cost: Free

Details: 757-441-2345 or festevents@festevents.org

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