U.S. Food Festival & Food Show Section
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May 4-7, 2017
Hospice du Rhône at Blackberry
Celebrate the exceptional 22 Rhône varieties at the next 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 7-13, 2017 80th West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Recipe contest, Barbeque Cookoff, Horse Show, Music, Tractor Show, Parade, Entertainment, much more. Along with instruction for growing and marketing the strawberry, those who attend are entertained, and contests and events are planned simply for enjoyment and fellowship. The Pageants, the music, the golf tournament, the horse show, the fireworks, the recipe contest, the carnival, the parades with floats and bands, the 5K & 10K runs, the festival cuisine and more are all a part of the attraction.
May 9-13, 2017 70th Annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival
This year's theme: 'Birthday Berries, Celebrating 70 Years!'. The Tennessee Strawberry Festival is the celebration of small town life. It offers a chance for our community to showcase its beauty, history and commitment to family values. (also: www.tnstrawberryfestival.com/ ).
May 11, 2017 - Celebrity Chef Tour - Nashville, Tennessee
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs
May 11, 2017 Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Blast!
Gatlinburg celebrates its Appalachian culinary past with the Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Blast! presented by Bush Brothers Beans. Downtown Gatlinburg will be transformed into a festive, fun-filled scene with games, foot-stompin' mountain bluegrass music and, of course, lots of Beans and Cornbread. Vendors will compete against each other with their special recipes and you get to help decide the winner! Compete to win in our first annual Corn Hole Tournament and at the same time help support our local Humane Society. Bush Brothers Beans will be featured throughout the event. A small fee will allow participants to sample all the different recipes while supplies last. It will be a 'Rootin, Tootin, Good Time!'
May 14, 2017 MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
May 19-20, 2017
Nine Lakes Wine Festival
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
The 1st annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival will highlight the award-winning wines of East Tennessee. The Nine Lakes region is home to nine TVA-made lakes, offering thousands of acres of clear waters and nature preserves, and a growing number of sun-drenched vineyards on our gently rolling hills. Join us for the Grand Tasting, featuring more than 100 wines and craft ciders from 20 Tennessee wineries! Plus you'll enjoy live entertainment and great small plate foods as well. Chat with winemakers in one of our many free wine seminars throughout the day. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Winemakers Dinner, Friday evening, May 19, 6-10 p.m. - Calhoun’s Event Center, Oak Ridge. A selection of award-winning Tennessee wines will be paired with a gourmet meal at this stunning waterfront venue. A sommelier will introduce each wine, and beautiful live music will make your evening truly memorable. VIP speakers will be on hand to discuss the grape and wine industry in Tennessee. Grand Tasting, Saturday, May 20, 1-6 p.m. Melton Lake Park – 20 Wineries, 100+ wines. Participants will get a complimentary tasting glass, wine tote, access to an abundance of small plate foods throughout the day, live music, free attendance at any of the 20-minute “winemaker seminars,” and enjoy an exciting “Barrels-of-Fun” Charity Race!
May 20, 2017 - Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival - Knoxville, Tennessee
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.
May 6-30, 2016 - Biscuit Art Exhibition 2016 - Knoxville, Tennessee
The International Biscuit Festival 2016 has begun accepting submissions for the Festival's Biscuit Art Exhibition. The exhibition will open May 6, 2016 in downtown Knoxville and will last through May 30, 2016. The Biscuit Art Exhibition will feature artwork with a Biscuit theme. Previous winners have created a multitude of unique pieces, with Best in Show 2015 going to Tarrer Pace for his paper model "BnB." Submissions are open to all artists 18 or older and works may be created in all 2D and 3D media. The deadline for entries is March 25, 2016 at midnight.
May 10-14, 2016 Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
The 75th annual event includes a parade, carnival, golf scramble, concerts, pageant and more.
May 12-13, 2016 The Southern Food Writing Conference
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 12-13, 2016 - Historic Rural Life Festival - Nashville, Tennessee
A great opportunity for children to discover the rural past of Tennessee, enjoy old-time activities, see honey bees in an observation beehive and touch farm animals too! See the crafts and chores that were a routine part of farm life before the advent of electricity. Butter churning, spinning, blacksmithing, weaving and pottery making are just a few of the activities. You can stop under shade trees for shingle making and wood-working activities with Tennessee State Foresters. Don't miss the sheep shearing!
May 12-14, 2016 - World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
The Memphis in May 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 13-14, 2016 Annual Ramp Festival - Newport, Tennessee
Sponsored by Newport Kiwanis Club of Newport (Non-Profit for Kids). New Location this year at Cocke County Fair Grounds. Hours are May 13th Noon till 8 pm and May 14th 8 am till 5 pm. Oldest Festival in State Of Tennessee - Foodie Fest at its Best. Both Days loaded with fun things to do as well as Bluegrass Music. Ramp Festival Queen Contest - Corn Hole Tournament - Arts & Crafts Booths. Many Food booths to include Jumbo Burgers, Funnel Cakes, Ice Cream and Our World Famous "Ramps" Come on out and try some and Listen to the best Bluegrass Bands in East Tennessee. Old car show that you can enter. Bring the whole family to the two days of fun in the Mountains. Contact: Rodney Buckner at 423.608.4519 email at: [email protected]
May 14, 2016 International Biscuit Festival - Knoxville, Tennessee
The International Biscuit Festival is a celebration of that most perfect of foods – the Biscuit. The Festival combines food, fun and entertainment to create a unique destination event. The International Biscuit Festival was begun in 2009 by a group of local Biscuit lovers who wanted to share Knoxville’s Biscuit heritage with the world. What started as a fun gathering for friends and family has grown into a nationally recognized food festival. In 2012, the Southern Food Writing Conference was added to the schedule to bring together authors, chefs, publishers, publicists and others who love Southern food and those who write about it. Each year, the Conference brings together a stellar group of speakers in an intimate setting to share their passion for writing about food in the South. Attendance: 20,000.
May 22, 2016 Feast For The Farmers - Knoxville, Tennessee
Join Chef Tim Love at Feast for the Farmers in celebration and support of Knoxville's local agriculture. In anticipation of his Lonesome Dove Western Bistro opening in Old City, Knoxville, this June, followed by an outpost next door of his fast-casual burger destination Love Shack this fall, Love will be hosting an outdoor, five-course dinner benefitting surrounding farms. Love is committed to sourcing the best ingredients and supporting the community, and in pursuit of this goal, he will donate 100% of the event proceeds to help local Knoxville-area farmers pay for the historically high government audits required of them to distribute to chefs and restaurants. For an official invitation, please complete the online form on the website.
May 4, 2014 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 28-29, 2010 Battle of the Pigs BBQ & Car Show 2010 - Gray, Tenn
EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2011
May 23, 2009 Appalachian Dumplin Festival - Winfield, Tennessee
The 2009 Appalachian Dumplin Festival has been canceled due to failing economic conditions. Please check back with us for news about upcoming festivals.
May 30-31, 2009 Franklin Food & Spirits Festival - Franklin, Tennessee
Discover the secrets of the smoke from the nation’s best BBQ Pit Masters. Indulge in authentic fried pies.
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