2014 TENNESSEE: January through April 2014
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, EVENTS
(see also: 2013 - 2012 - 2008)
January 9-11, 2014
Blackberry Farm: Taste of the South
The event plays host to the annual meeting of the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans, and Chefs. Since 2006, the Fellowship has fostered camaraderie and mentorship among the individuals who grow, nurture, and interpret the bounty of the Southern harvest. Each January, the fellows come together at Blackberry Farm to break bread and share knowledge while reinforcing the vital link between field & table.
February 4-7, 2014
Cattle Industry Annual Convention & NCBA Trade Show
National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The largest, most advanced trade show for the cattle industry, with over 250 companies in attendance.
February 14, 2014 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 28-March 1, 2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show
62nd Annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. More than 400 exhibitors from over 40 states will be on hand showcasing the latest technology and innovation available in agriculture. (also: www.southerncottonginners.org/ )
March 3-7, 2014 National School Breakfast Week 2014 - 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.
March 6, 2014 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 20-21, 2014 Taste of the Mountain, On The Move
Sewanee, Monteagle and Tracy City, Tennessee
Most people associate the Cumberland Plateau with hiking, waterfalls, antiques and The University of the South. But we will add another facet to the mountain's ever changing dynamics. We will host the Taste of the Mountain - on the Move. Beyond its name, this food festival which has been reincarnated from a previous event which housed many vendors under one roof; this year's event showcases restaurants across the Cumberland Plateau in each participating restaurant. Area restaurants will participate in this event, offering you a opportunity not only to visit restaurants that you have never visited, but the chance to try foods that truly exemplify each establishment in their unique atmosphere. Proceeds go to fund the Monteagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce and the local food bank, both non-profit groups.
March 25, 2014 '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 31-April 6, 2014 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 22, 2014 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.