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Huntsville's Crush Wine & Food Festival expands to 7 days

The popular food and wine event in Big Spring Park is adding more days, locations, and events.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Crush Wine & Food Festival is back in Huntsville! 

This year's theme "Take Flight" is a nod to how festival attendees will get to learn more about the wines and the cultures they come from as they "fly" around the park to different regions. 

Large community events like the Crush Wine & Food Festival are part of the reason Huntsville received the title of 'Best Place to Live in the United States'. 

"Quality of life is huge. Everyone's about the work/life balance now. So I think you know, we work hard here in Huntsville, but we, we play hard too." That's from Ashley Ryals, Founder & Creative Director of Crush Wine & Food Festival.

She says that with more people are coming to Huntsville, "We need events like this and other community events that are highlighting our food and beverage industry. Because that's what when people move here, if we have things like that, and we have great restaurants for them to enjoy, that's what that's what's going to keep them here."

Not only are these fests good for Huntsville residents, tourists also get a chance to enjoy the Rocket City. 

According to information from the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, those same people visiting out of town to attend events like these really boost our economy.

Ryals says, "If they're attending a community event, the average person spends $800 per person just throughout the economy when they're here. They're downtown experiencing a festival or event, so you do that times 3,000 people and you've got a pretty good economic impact."

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