Mill Creek Brewing Co. is partnering with a local resident and a Brentwood restaurant to bring Indian food to Nolensville for the town’s first Indian Food Fest.
The festival will take place just outside Mill Creek Brewing Co. on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 5-9 p.m. and will feature a variety of Indian dishes — curries, naan bread, biryani (rice dishes) and more — from Amaravati Indian Cuisine in Brentwood.
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, big appetites and an adventurous spirit. There will also be a bounce house for kids.
Satya Srinivas, one of the event organizers, shared that one of the motivations behind creating the festival was to bring Indian food into Nolensville. Currently, there are no Indian restaurants in the town.
“Generally, a lot of people — they don’t know Indian food,” Srinivas said. “For people who have never tried this food, it will be an amazing experience of the, like, moderately spicy — not too spicy, but moderately spicy.”
He shared that some people in the area who enjoy Indian cuisine asked him why there were no Indian food restaurants in the area. Srinivas is not a restauranteur — he works in data analytics for Bridgestone in Nashville — so he had no more answers than they did. But, as a “lover of Indian food,” he decided to ask the owners of Mill Creek Brewing Co. if they would be willing to host a one-day festival in the field outside the brewery.
“We were more than happy to have them here,” said Jatin Shah, one of five new owners of the brewery. “We thought it was a great idea to introduce Indian food to the [town].”
Now, the festival is just over a week away, and Srinivas looks forward to enjoying a beer, a meal and hopefully some nice weather with the community.
The festival will give back to the community, as well. Some of the proceeds will go to the Nolensville Food Pantry, run by Providence Baptist Church, and members of the Nolensville police and fire departments will eat free.
If all goes well, Srinivas hopes to hold the festival again next year, and maybe it will be even bigger. For now, he hopes to bring people who love Indian food and people who have never tried it together over a good meal.
“Normally, you cannot go to a restaurant in Nolensville and find this food,” he said. “So, come open minded, and be ready to taste something different. Enjoy the fanfare. A lot of people who are fans of Indian food — they will come and enjoy the connection and enjoy the moment.”
Food will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Mill Creek Brewing Co. is located at 2008 Johnson Industrial Blvd. in Nolensville.