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February 14, 2015  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.

March 2-6, 2015  National School Breakfast Week
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 5-7, 2015  Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo 2015
Nashville, Tennessee
North America's largest indoor-outdoor living showcase.  Each year, more than 350 leading hearth, patio and barbecue manufacturers and suppliers exhibit and demonstrate their latest home heating solutions; grills, grilling accessories and fully-equipped outdoor kitchens; casual patio furniture and outdoor accents; water and landscape features; all-weather entertainment products and more.  The show attracts more than 5,000 specialty and mass market retailers, and professionals interested in getting a first look at the indoor-outdoor living innovations that consumers will be asking for in the seasons ahead.  (Also: )

April 22, 2015  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.


2014 TENNESSEE: January through April 2014
waiting for new dates

January 9-11, 2014  Blackberry Farm: Taste of the South
Walland, Tennessee
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 Convention & NCBA Trade Show
Nashville, Tennessee
National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The largest, most advanced trade show for the cattle industry, with over 250 companies in attendance.

February 28-March 1, 2014  Mid-South Farm & Gin Show
Memphis, Tennessee
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.
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March 2-5, 2014  Hospice du Rhône at Blackberry Farm
Walland, Tennessee
Celebrate the exceptional 22 Rhône varieties at the 4th installment of Hospice du Rhône at Blackberry Farm.  Over the course of the weekend, guests will enjoy quality time with Rock Stars in both the wine and culinary world through cooking demonstrations, wine presentations, meals, tastings and late-night s’more gatherings. Together, Blackberry Farm and Hospice du Rhône will create an atmosphere like no other and we promise it will be one for the book.

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

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March 28-29, 2014  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.

March 30, 2014  Flavors of Memphis - Memphis, 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.

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 5, 2014  Le Bon Appetit - Memphis, Tennessee
Great Food for a Great Cause.  Presented by Le Bonheur Club, is a charity event benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the regions only comprehensive pediatric medical facility.

April 5-6, 2014  15th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
The 15th 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 fishing regulations will be observed.

April 11, 2014  Wine, Dine and Art Crawl - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Explore the historic Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community on the evening of April 11 from 5:00 to 9:00pm as part of a private, guided tour of participating galleries. Meet the artists while sampling local wines and enjoying hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants.  Finish the evening with a sit down dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s unique eating establishments, all for one low price! Seating is limited and reservations are required. This event is for those 21 years of age and older.

April 11-12, 2014  Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza - Johnson City, TN
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 12, 2014  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 19-27, 2014  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 20, 2014  Peters Hollow Egg Fight - Elizabethton, Tennessee
(No website)
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.

April 25-27, 2014  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 26-27, 2014  18th Annual National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
This festival honors cornbread with the National Cornbread Cook-Off. Sample cornbreads and main dish recipes.

April 27, 2014  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 27-May 4, 2014  34th Annual Teapot Festival 2014
Trenton, Tennessee
The festival is a weeklong event beginning with a ceremonial Lighting of the Teapots and culminates in the Annual Grand Parade. It draws attention to the rare collection of Porcelain Veilleuses.


2013 TENNESSEE: January, February, March & April
waiting for new dates

April 12-13, 2013  Celebrity Chef Tour - Nashville, Tennessee
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs.

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.


2012 TENNESSEE: January, February, March & April
waiting for new dates

April 25, 2012  Nashville Scene presents Iron Fork - Nashville, Tennessee
Savory samples from 20+ area restaurants, two complimentary drink tickets, and live entertainment. Watch 5 of the best chefs in Nashville battle it out in a head-to-head chef’s competition better than anything you’ll ever see on TV!

April 26, 2012  10th Annual Ribfest & Wings - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Come out and enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities--promising a lip-smackin’ good time! Awards will be presented to the best ribs or wings in 7 categories. Hot Wing Eating Contests.


2008 TENNESSEE: January, February, March & April
waiting for new dates

March 9-11, 2008  2008 Annual Meat Conference - Nashville, Tennessee



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