2018 TENNESSEE: APRIL 2018
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
(see also: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012)
April 2-8, 2018 Mule Day
'Mule Day' has been a popular Columbia tradition for nearly 170 years, since the 1840s. It began as “Breeder’s Day”, a single day livestock show and mule market event held on the first Monday in April. Over time, “Mule Day” evolved from a single day event into a multi-day festival, attracting thousands of attendees, lasting almost a week. If you visit during Mule Day celebrations, you might see a square dance, a mule-driving contest, a horse show, a crafts festival, or attend a flea market. Other events include “working mule”, “best of breed”, or even lumberjack competitions. Food served at the event includes barbecue, roasted corn, home-made pies and funnel cakes.
April 5, 2018 Taste! - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Taste!, Chattanooga's Premier food event, benefiting the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga area. Samplings of local cuisine from some of Chattanooga's finest restaurants, sample beverages from local establishments such as beer, wine, or a non-alcoholic beverage. With great restaurants, live music, drinks and flair, Stratton Hall will be transformed into a hotspot for Chattanoogans looking for an upscale night on the town. In the spirit of all things food, a chef competition will be a highlight of eye-catching events. The competition will include four prestigious Chattanooga chefs competing to create a gourmet dish using one secret ingredient provided by Whole Foods. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges to receive a prize at the end of the evening and bragging rights for an entire year! benefiting the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga area.
April 7, 2018 Annual Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza
Johnson City, Tennessee
A beer lover’s festival, where you get a chance to sample over 150+ unique and obscure beers from craft breweries around the region. Try some great beer and support a great cause. Supports Girls On the Run.
April 7, 2018
Lawn & Garden Expo - Brighton, Tennessee
This annual Lawn & Garden EXPO is hosted by the Tipton County Master Gardeners. Dynamic speakers have been engaged to give the public the latest gardening information from local experts and Master Gardeners.
April 7-8, 2018 - 20th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed.
April 13-14, 2018 Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend
Sample wines from Tennessee wineries along with small dish fare from some of the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains.
April 13-14, 2018 Annual One Shot Turkey Hunt - Pulaski, Tennessee
Hunters from all over the Volunteer State flock to Pulaski each spring to join in on this exciting hunt. There are many community events associated with the hunt. Clay target shooting, turkey shoot (open to the public), 5K Turkey Run, Gobbler’s Gala, arts and crafts, games, calling contests, turkey check-in, live entertainment, a huge banquet and concert, etc.
April 21-28, 2018 World's Biggest Fish Fry - Paris, Tennessee
Over 6 tons of catfish served. The history of the "Fish Fry" started with the farmers and their mules. Each past "Fish Fry" makes new history by trying new and different things, increased attendance, more catfish served, and more community involvement. Always the Last Full Week of April every year! (Also: paristnchamber.com/fish-fry-information/ )
April 22, 2018 Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify.
April 26-29, 2018 25th Annual Appalachian Antique Farm Show & Farmer's Renion - Gray, Tennessee
The show will feature exhibits of all makes and models of antique tractors--steam & gas, stream engines, threshing machines, gristmill, antique farm tools, live steam saw mill, belted equipment demonstrations and other farm related equipment.
April 28, 2018 A Toast To Tennessee Wine Festival
Nashville Shores, Tennessee
Celebrate all things Tennessee at A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival. With award winning Tennessee wineries offering samplings of their finest wines, this festival continues to be one of the area’s most anticipated events! More than just a showcase for great wine, this event offers live music, gourmet food, free wine & food seminars, fine artisans, and complimentary lake cruises.
April 28-29, 2018 Annual National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
This festival honors cornbread with the National Cornbread Cook-Off. Sample cornbreads and main dish recipes.
April 29, 2018 Flavors of Nashville - Nashville, Tennessee
Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala and provides each table of attendees with a local chef who will prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The meal that is delivered will showcase the signature dishes of our culinary experts and take you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner "foodie" and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation.
April 30-May 3, 2018 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America
This is the only industry event that serves both brewpubs and breweries. The Craft Brewers Conference: Over 2,600 brewing industry professionals enjoying craft brews together. BrewExpo America allows exhibitors and buyers to develop profitable business relationships and helps brewing and brewery restaurant professionals encounter the latest and the best that industry vendors have to offer.