After watching Food, Inc. Friday night, my family is still trying to find a locally raised turkey for Thanksgiving. We haven't even started thinking about Christmas yet. But apparently the rest of Nashville is, so here we go.
This weekend is the 49th annual Christmas Village sponsored by the Nashville Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club to benefit several Nashville charities, including the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. In the history of the event, the Pi Phis have raised more than $6 million for their philanthropic causes. Plus this looks like it may be the last year ever for the event to be staged at the fairgrounds, so you might want to drop on by.
As far as food goes, of the 260-plus vendors represented at Christmas Village, more than are local purveyors of specialty foods, which could make for excellent holiday gifts. Most of them are local, including the Nashville Toffee Co., the Brittle Brothers, Mama Lee's Gourmet Food, Willa's Shortbread, The Pasta Shoppe and Chili Junction.
If you want to find local presents for your holiday gift list and save yourself some gas money doing it, drop on by the Tennessee State Fairgrounds 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday or noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 when purchased at the door. Children age 9 and under are free.
I'll probably head out to Target on Christmas Eve to do my shopping, so do as I say, not as I do.