CELEBRATE KNOXVILLE – In spite of the hot summer temperatures, Knoxville residents turned out in droves for the Food Truck Park held on Thursday evening at Blue Slip Winery’s downtown location at the historic Southern Railway Station. Venor trucks parked in the back parking lot from 5 pm to 7 pm and offered foods from Asian spring rolls to tacos to barbecue, as well as desserts like ice cream and donuts.
Blue Slip Winery owners Linn Slocum and Jeff Galyon say the Food Truck event is just another step in their business plans to “promote local” with events, a brand new Bistro with full bar and menu, and of course, handcrafted wines made from Tennessee grapes.
Beginning in 2009, the business was formerly located on Jackson Avenue in the Old City and is Knoxville’s first urban winery.
When Blue Slip Winery moved to the Southern Railway Station in 2014, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero praised the location for the new business, saying that the area was “walkable and bikeable,” and featured ample parking. Those words rang true at the Food Truck event Thursday as attendees easily navigated with bikes, kids, and dogs. Many brought their own lawn chairs. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.
“The Food Truck event has been really successful for us, a natural pairing of great food and drink and local music as well,” Slocum said, as she poured tastings at a table outdoors. “We have two brand new wines to share with the community, and we hope folks will continue to visit us and try them out. The Bistro located inside is open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.”
Inside the Southern Railway Station building in the wine and gift shop, Blue Slip’s Brice Rayburn served behind the tasting bar and gave a description of the two new wines being featured. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.
“The Railway Reserve is a mellow, smooth red with a subtle punch at the end, but in a good way,” Rayburn said. “The second new wine is Volunteer Vinifera, which is a white with a blend of complex flavors, hints of musk and peach, and the dry part just creeps up on you at the finish.”
The Food Truck event has been so popular that Slocum says it is a regular event for them and will be held every third Thursday throughout the summer and fall.