2019 TENNESSEE: APRIL 2019
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
(see also: 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012)
April 1-7, 2019
'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 6, 2019 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 6-7, 2019 Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament: Spring
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 6-7, 2019 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 11, 2019 Taste! - Chattanooga, Tennessee
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 13, 2019
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 20-28, 2019 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!
April 22, 2019 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 25-28, 2019 26th Annual Appalachian Antique Farm Show & Farmer's Reunion - 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 26-27, 2019 61st Annual Polk County Tennessee Ramp Tramp Festival - Reliance, Tennessee
The ramp or wild leek, is a wild onion native to North America. The bulb resembles a scallion, but the flat, broad leaves set it apart. Ramps grow from Tennessee to Canada, and in many areas they are considered a spring delicacy and even a reason for celebration. The flavor and odor of ramps is usually compared to a strong garlic. The festival brings hundreds to the camp each year to enjoy the traditional meal while bluegrass music is played. The traditional meal includes ramps fried in eggs, streaked meat, fried potatoes, white beans and cornbread. All proceeds are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy. Today’s festival is held at the Polk County 4-H Camp (Camp McCroy) on the fourth Saturday in April. All proceeds are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy.
April 27, 2019 16th Annual 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 27-28, 2019 Annual National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
This festival honors cornbread with the National Cornbread Cook-Off. Sample cornbreads and main dish recipes.