Party goers have blast at Highlands Food and Wine Festival’s Truckin’ event

Killer live music, a wide variety of food and beverages, and a gorgeous fall day on the Plateau at The Bascom for Highlands Food and Wine Festival’s Truckin’ event Nov. 8.

The Bascom’s campus was laid out with a large stage and food and beverage throughout Highlands Food and Wine’s Truckin’ event on Nov. 8.

The Bascom’s campus was laid out with a giant stage surrounded by a slew of food and beverage vendors all plying eager attendees with their goods.

Nicole Atkins and Stephen Warwick perform at HFW’s Truckin’ event at The Bascom.

First on stage was Nicole Atkins with Stephen Warwick cranking it out and getting the crowd warmed up. The sun was shining, cups were overflowing, and people like Andy Furr, who traveled from Alabama to kick it on the Plateau, said Truckin’ was everything he hoped it would be.

Nicole Atkins opened for The Wood Brothers on Nov. 8 at HFW.

“It’s awesome, there’s music, food, beer, good people, weather; it’s my first time here and I love it,” said Furr.

Andy Furr from Alabama hangs with friends at The Bascom on Nov. 8 for HFW’s Truckin’ event.

Lane Leddy was all smiles and said you can’t go wrong at a party like HFW’s Truckin’.

“I think it’s absolutely fabulous,” said Leddy. “Everybody looks super cute, the weather is great, the music is excellent, there’s tons of good food, and everybody’s friendly. It’s just so much fun.”

Jano Rix (center) takes a break from the drums and steps up to the mic during The Wood Brothers performance.

Following Atkins and Warwick on stage were The Wood Brothers, made up of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, and drummer Jano Rix.

Chris Wood performs with The Wood Brothers at Truckin’. His brother Oliver is pictured at the top of the article. Editor’s Note: Chris Wood of Medeski Martin and Wood, I was listening to ‘Shack-man’ in the late 90s wondering if I’d ever get accepted to college, the guy’s still slaying it.

Rix said he enjoyed playing at Truckin’ and was looking forward to checking out the Plateau.

“It was a great vibe today, we really had a fun time,” said Rix. “Plus, I just had some good poke and we’re looking forward to experiencing Highlands.”

Dale Hein, owner Satulah Mountain Brewing in Highlands had several tasty brews on hand for thirsty partygoers.

George Barbar said you couldn’t ask for a better set up listening to Atkins and The Wood Brothers on a sunny afternoon.

“I love it,” said Barbar. “I love that it’s a laid-back event, the weather is wonderful, the band is great, and I’m here with friends and family.

The Bascom’s campus provided an awesome venue for the Truckin’ event with plenty of space for crowds to spread out.

Reed Rawlins, out of Atlanta, said you just don’t get this kind of vibe in the big city.

“Anytime you can get a bunch of friends together and hang out in this way is good,” said Rawlins. “It’s a chance to reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a long time. You can’t do that with all the bustle and bustle of the city.”

From left are Tug Helmer, Bonnie Potts, Caroline Ballard Leake, and G. Boyd Leake at Truckin’ on Nov. 8.

Editor’s Note: Recommended dress for the occasion was Mountain Chic, I’d say they nailed it.

Jano Rix crushing it on the drums with The Wood Brothers at Truckin’.

Stephen Warwick performing with Nicole Atkins on Nov. 8 in Highlands.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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