2013 TENNESSEE: May, June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(see also: 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009)
May 2-5, 2013 Hospice du Rhône at Blackberry Farm
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.
May 4-11, 2013 66th Annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival - Dayton, Tennessee
This year's theme: Strawberries in Space. The Tennessee Strawberry Festival is the celebration of small town life. It offers a chance for our community to showcase its beauty, history & commitment to family values. (also: www.tnstrawberryfestival.com/ )
May 4-11, 2013 Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival - Portland, Tennessee
The 72nd annual event includes a parade, carnival, golf scramble, concerts, pageant and more.
May 5-11, 2013 76th West Tennessee Strawberry Festival - Humboldt, Tennessee
Recipe contest, Barbeque Cookoff, Horse Show, Music, Tractor Show, Parade, Entertainment, much more.
May 6, 2013 60th Annual Cosby Ramp Festival - Cosby, Tennessee
The Ramp Festival is the oldest on-going festival in Tennessee, and every May, the festival celebrates the ramp, a vegetable of the lily family that looks like a little green onion, but, tastes like powerful garlic.
May 11, 2013 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.
May 12, 2013 Mother's Day - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list. (2nd Sunday in May)
May 15-18, 2013 The Southern Food Writing Conference - Knoxville, Tennessee
The Southern Food Writing Conference celebrates the art and the craft of writing about food in the South. Join our outstanding panel of speakers as we explore various facets of food in the South, from traditions of cookbooks and family recipes, to the connections of race, gender, income and the environment to the food traditions of the South. You will interact with some of the legends of Southern food writing, and meet the next generation of the profession. Professionals from the worlds of newspapers, magazines, books and blogs will bring their perspectives on the current state of Southern food and those who write about it. The conference is designed for both the writers and the readers of Southern food writing. Food enthusiasts, professional journalists, food bloggers, as well as devotees of all things Southern will enjoy the two day program we have prepared for you.
May 15-18, 2013 International Biscuit Festival - Knoxville, Tennessee
The main day of the Festival will be Saturday, May 18th, 2013 from 8 am to 5 pm. This year’s Festival will be preceded by a two-day Southern Food Writing Conference on May 16 & 17. The festival celebrates the heritage of home cooking through the most perfect of foods--the biscuit. Enjoy food, fun, music and more.
May 16-18, 2013 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the Granddaddy of Grilling...where on this given Saturday, it's anybody's game. Hundreds of teams compete for over $110,000 in prizes and supreme bragging rights. While grilling is the main theme, the contest wouldn't be complete without the Ms. Piggie Idol competition where grown men dress in tutus and snouts and women kick their heels (hooves) up. There is also a t-shirt competition and even a best booth contest.
May 30-June 1, 2013 National MooFest Dairy Festival - Athens, Tennessee
Dairy recipe, mooing and other contests, two full days of entertainment and a street dance.
June 13-15, 2013 2013 TGCSA Annual Convention & Expo - Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association is the only food trade association that represents all segments of Tennessee’s food market.
June 15, 2013 19th 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.
June 21-22, 2013 Queen City Barbeque Cookoff - Clarksville, Tennessee
All proceeds of this Kansas City BBQ Society event benefit the Wounded Warrior Project whose mission it is "To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members." We will be asking each team to host a wounded warrior as an honorary team member for the weekend.
June 21-22, 2013 Big BBQ Bash 2013 - Maryville, Tennessee
The 7th 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 22, 2013 Taste of Music City - Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville's largest Food and Drink Festival is celebrating 11 years! Tickets include food samples from some of Nashville’s best restaurants and an opportunity to taste some of the best beverages that call Music City home!
JULY 4, 2013 - 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, 2013 Oak Grove 64th Annual Fish Fry - Oak Grove, Tennessee
Fried catfish or barbecue chicken, french fries, white beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies, cake, lemonade or tea. Oak Grove Methodist Church.
July 12-13, 2013 30th Annual Tomato Festival - Ripley, Tennessee
Lauderdale County Tomato Festival. Includes Carnival Rides, Petting Zoo, Games, Baby Crawling Contest, Food, General and Craft vendors, Live Music, Tomato Contest, Tomato Tasting, 5-K Run, Pageant and Tomato Farmer of the Year.
July 19-21, 2013 World Music and Food Festival 2013 - Nashville, Tennessee
A multicultural festival that explores food and music from across the globe. Live music and dance entertainment from across the globe.
July 25-27, 2013 10th Annual Foothills Country Fair - Cleveland, Tennessee
Events may include Concerts, Beauty Pageants, Cultural Arts Contests, 4-H Poultry Show, Antique Tractor Show, Lawn Mower Racing, Dog Show, Demolition Derby, Various Animal & Livestock Exhibits, Friday Night Concerts and more. All ages are welcome. Back for 2013, the Backyard BBQ Bash (see separate listing).
July 26-27, 2013 Backyard BBQ Bash - Cleveland, Tennessee
The schedule includes both the Tennessee State Championship event, sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, and the Amateur Backyard BBQ Bash, open to non-professional teams only.
July 27, 2013 Music City Brewer's Fest - Nashville, Tennessee
The 12th 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 27-28, 2013 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.
August 10, 2013 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!
August 23-24, 2013 5th Annual Music City Festival & BBQ Championship
A full music line-up and over 100 BBQ cook teams competing for cash and prizes in a Tennessee State Champion event sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network and the Kansas City BBQ Society. Benefits local charities.