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2020 TENNESSEE: June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

(see also: 2019  -  2018  -  2017  -   2015)


June 5-6, 2020
4th Annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
East Tennessee has the best wines in our state! Join us for the second annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 30 minutes from Knoxville in beautiful East Tennessee. We’ll have dozens of award-winning Tennessee wines to taste, great food, live music, chef demonstrations and more. Don’t miss Nine Lakes Wine Festival: A Taste of Tennessee Wines!

June 13, 2020  Taste of Music City - Nashville, Tennessee
Taste of Music City Festival is an all-inclusive food tasting event with a one price admission. Attendees have the opportunity to enjoy tastings from some of the area's best restaurants along with some of Nashville's local beverage flavors including Yazoo Brewing, Jack Daniel's, Arrington Vineyards, Hap & Harry's and more. Attendees also have the opportunity to watch and learn from some of the best chefs in Nashville as they cook on-site and provide demonstrations.  We are excited about the continuing evolution and proud to announce that next year’s event will be celebrating our 15th year at Public Square Park, in the heart of downtown Nashville.  We will again be hosting an all-inclusive event so that our attendees can once again enjoy unlimited tastings throughout the event for one price.  Tickets:  $59 - advance; $69 - day of event (if not sold out)

June 18-20, 2020  Homebrew Con - Nashville, Tennessee
'Brew England'  America's Largest Homebrewing Gathering.  The American Homebrewers Association National Conference is a fun, educational gathering designed to enhance homebrewers’ brewing skills and knowledge and increase homebrewing camaraderie. Special seminars and events cater to beer enthusiasts and amateur brewers of every level.

June 19-20, 2020  Big BBQ Bash - Maryville, Tennessee
The Annual Big BBQ Bash is Back!  Live music and a variety of food vendors sure to please all guests.  All Proceeds from this event benefit Helen Ross McNabb Center, serving the children, adults, and families of Knoxville and East Tennessee.

June 20, 2020  26th Annual RC and Moon Pie Festival
Bell Buckle, Tennessee
A jam packed day of fun for the whole family awaits you. There is plenty of country and bluegrass music, clogging dancers, Moon Pie games, crafts, and the ever popular "Synchronized Wading Extravaganza". Cutting of the worlds largest Moon Pie rounds out the day.

July 4, 2020  4TH OF JULY - Nationwide
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.


July 12-14, 2020 - School Nutrition Association: 74th Annual National Conference - Nashville, Tennessee
SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) is the “School Nutrition Event of the Year.” Each July, thousands of school nutrition professionals and industry partners from across the country gather for four days of informative and inspiring sessions, endless exhibits and unparalleled networking opportunities.

July 31-August 2, 2020 - Meat-Up in Memphis 2020
Memphis, Tennessee
A first-of-its-kind BBQ weekend filled with spectacular food, seminars, and fellowship. The event is limited to 400 attendees, so early registration is encouraged.  This is THE ONLY barbecue conference for consumers, bringing enthusiasts together in one of the BBQ meccas to experience some great educational sessions, enjoy some amazing food prepared by renowned BBQ competitors and restauranteurs, and socialize with likeminded BBQ and grilling aficionados.  Designed as a celebration of what makes Memphis BBQ unique, the event itinerary focuses heavily on pork BBQ.

2019 TENNESSEE: June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
waiting for new dates

July 26-28, 2019 - 27th Annual Grainger County Tomato Festival
Rutledge, Tennessee
Always the last full weekend in July. Tomato and produce sales, three stages of entertainment, tractor show, living history area, art, children's activities and Tomato Wars.   Attendance: 20,000.

July 27, 2019 - Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival - Knoxville, Tennessee
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.

July 27, 2019 - 18th Annual Music City Brewer's Fest
Nashville, Tennessee
The annual fest will be held at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Admission includes samples from the best local, regional, national, and import breweries in the world. Enjoy great music, "beer garb" costume contest, Beer 101 education tent and more.

July 27-30, 2019 - CHART 98 Hospitality Training Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
Council of Hotel & Restaurant Trainers (CHART).

August 4-7, 2019  40th RLPSA Annual Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association.  Our Annual Meeting is guaranteed to keep you updated on the latest industry trends, enhance job performance, and increase the effective.

August 9-10, 2019  Tomato Art Fest - East Nashville, Tennessee
The Tomato Art Fest has grown from a small neighborhood event into a festival with 20,000 in attendance. It is truly a family event where everyone is encouraged to come out and celebrate the beloved fruit/vegetable. Free & costume-friendly!  Attendance: 20,000.

August 19-21, 2019 - RCI Fall Regional Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
Retail Confectioners International.  Fall Regional Conference.

August 23-25, 2019  Wild Ponies Kentucky Bourbon Trail Ride!
Nashville, Tennessee
We’ve got a NEW locations for this year’s tour. We’ve got a NEW location for this year’s tour. We’ll be taking over the streets of Music City - Nashville, TN!  It’s a bourbon-infused, musically-inspired fan adventure through the bluegrass hills of Kentucky. You, Wild Ponies, and a busload of other amazing individuals that you’ll love right away.  2 nights and 2 days of amazing Whiskey-infused fun with Wild Ponies!

August 25, 2019 - 6th Knox Asian Festival - Knoxville, Tennessee
Festival will feature authentic traditional food vendors representing Asian countries, such as Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, India, Burma, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam.  Performance art that includes traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, and Philippine dance. We also showcase various martial arts demonstrations, K-Pop and J-Pop performances, Chinese professional musicians, a bonsai exhibition, a cosplay contest, Japanese tea ceremony, and Japanese drummers from Disney World. Many of our artists travel to Knoxville from different US cities and from various Asian countries to participate in the Festival. 1,250 seats available under the roof for big stage.

2018 TENNESSEE: June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
waiting for new dates

August 25, 2018  Southern Brewers Festival - Chattanooga, Tennessee
EVENT DISCONTINUED.  Due to rising expenses and lower attendance, we are putting the Southern Brewers Festival on indefinite hiatus and will instead focus our fundraising efforts elsewhere.

August 28-September 1, 2018  45th Annual Tater Town Special
Gleason, Tennessee
Gleason is known as Tater Town USA, home of the annual Tater Town Special that celebrates the special place the sweet potato once held in the industrial climate of this community.  The Tater Town Special features a wide range of community events spread over a period of several days, leading up to   the weekend, beginning with parades Saturday morning followed by a day of activities extending into the night. This is followed on Sunday by a community-wide church service. This weekend is also a time where Gleason High School Class Reunions are often scheduled.

2017 TENNESSEE: June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
waiting for new dates

August 26, 2017  The Taco Festival - Knoxville, Tennessee
A General Admission ticket provides access to taco-topia. Inside the event, you’ll find restaurants dishing out $2 tacos and bars and beverage stations serving margaritas, beer, water, and soda. The entire festival works on a token system – so you will purchase tokens worth $2 each and use those as cash. Vendors will be on hand to sell other food (mostly desserts) as well.



2015 TENNESSEE: June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

waiting for new dates

August 26-27, 2015  Music City BBQ Festival - Nashville, Tennessee
Music City BBQ Festival is a celebration of food, music, friends, and family. This two day event will bring the best BBQ teams in the world and the hungriest BBQ fans together for a weekend of grilling glory!  BBQ Competition, Live Music, Craft Beer, Rides/Games, Shopping, etc.



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