2013 TENNESSEE: January, February, March & April
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
(see also: 2014 - 2012 - 2008)
February 14, 2013 Valentine's Day
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
February 21-25, 2013 Aquaculture 2013 - Nashville, Tennessee
'Strick a Chord for Sustainable Aquaculture'. The largest aquaculture trade show in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest anywhere in the world with nearly 200 booths!
February 24-26, 2013 Annual American Meat Conference 2013 - Nashville, Tennessee
The Annual Meat Conference aims to satisfy your appetite for learning and professional growth and opens the door to fresh ideas and new perspectives. Comprehensive education sessions include a variety of ways to explore the latest developments in meat retailing today. Gain tools, insights, inspiration and new ideas to differentiate your unique products and services, fortify your marketing ROI, increase sales and build customer loyalty. Explore and sample some of the newest and best meat, poultry and ingredient products from more than 50 companies.
March 1-2, 2013 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show - Memphis, Tennessee
61st Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.
March 4-8, 2013 National School Breakfast Week 2013 - Nationwide
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children. Each year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) helps schools to celebrate NSBW with a fun theme – this year it is School Breakfast--Go For The Gold.
March 7, 2013 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.
March 19, 2013 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless other across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
March 23, 2013 Peters Hollow Egg Fight - Elizabethton, Tennessee
Tradition that started in 1823 as a friendly Easter Sunday afternoon rivalry and continues today. Eggs are not thrown. Competitors tap eggs to see which eggs have the hardest shells.
March 29-31, 2013 Gourmet Taste of the Mountain - Monteagle, Tennessee
A fun time tasting the best food in the area & visiting with old and new friends.
April 1-7, 2013 Mule Day - Columbia, Tennessee
'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 5-6, 2013 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 6-7, 2013 14th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
The 14th 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 12-13, 2013 Celebrity Chef Tour - Nashville, Tennessee
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs
April 13, 2013 Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza - Johnson City, Tennessee
Caution: Auto-start video with Loud Music. A beer lover’s festival, where you get a chance to sample over 100+ 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 18, 2013 Food Ministry Fiesta - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies hosts this third annual fundraiser benefiting Sevier County Food Ministries at 6 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit SCFM’s outreach programs and special projects.
April 20, 2013 12th Annual Evening for Dove House - Mooresville, Tennessee
Features local restaurants who provide amazing culinary delights. Live music and live auction to benefit Children's Advocacy Center.
April 20-28, 2013 World's Biggest Fish Fry - Paris, Tennessee
Over 5 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, 2013 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. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify.
April 26-28, 2013 Tri-State Antique Tractor Show - 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 27, 2013 Smoky Mountain Winefest - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Sample wines from Tennessee wineries along with small dish fare from some of the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains. Wine talks and food pairing demonstrations will be presented in the beautiful Jules Verne Room.
April 27-28, 2013 17th Annual National Cornbread Festival - South Pittsburg, Tennessee
This festival honors cornbread with the National Cornbread Cook-Off. Sample cornbreads and main dish recipes.