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2018 TENNESSEE: MAY 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event

(see also: 2017  -  2016  -  2014  -  2010  -  2009)


April 30-May 3, 2018  Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America
Nashville, Tennessee


May 5, 2018
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Knoxville, Tennessee
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.

May 5, 2018  17th Annual Evening for Dove House
Mooresville, Tennessee
Features local restaurants who provide amazing culinary delights. Live music and live auction to benefit Children's Advocacy Center.

May 6-12, 2018  81st West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Humboldt, Tennessee
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 8-12, 2018  71st Annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Dayton, Tennessee
This year's theme: 'Destination Strawberry Station...All Aboard!'.  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: ).

May 10-11, 2018  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 11-12, 2018
Annual Ramp Festival (no website)
Newport, Tennessee
Sponsored by Newport Kiwanis Club of Newport (Non-Profit for Kids).   New Location this year at Cocke County Fair Grounds.  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 12, 2018  Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Portland, Tennessee
The 77th annual event includes a parade, carnival, golf scramble, concerts, pageant and more.

May 13, 2018  MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 16-19, 2018  World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest
Memphis, Tennessee
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 17, 2018  Celebrity Chef Tour - Memphis, Tennessee
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs

May 17-19, 2018  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!

May 19, 2018  International Biscuit Festival - Knoxville, Tennessee
We're taking a Biscuit Break.  After 8 years of beautiful Biscuits, we've decided to take some time off to rest. We appreciate all the hard work of our volunteers and the support of our Partners.  Hope to see you back here next year!  Attendance: 20,000.


2017 TENNESSEE: MAY 2017
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
waiting for new dates

May 5-31, 2017 - Biscuit Art Exhibition - Knoxville, Tennessee
The International Biscuit Festival 2017 has begun accepting submissions for the Festival's Biscuit Art Exhibition. The exhibition will open May 5, 2017 in downtown Knoxville and will last through May 31, 2017.  The Biscuit Art Exhibition will feature artwork with a Biscuit theme.  Submissions are open to all artists 18 or older and works may be created in all 2D and 3D media.

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, Tennessee
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 18-19, 2017  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.  The Conference Registration Fee of $525 includes all seminar sessions, and all meals, including dinner at Blackberry Farm.



2016 TENNESSEE: MAY 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event
events still waiting for new dates

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.


2014 TENNESSEE: MAY 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event

waiting for new dates

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.


2010 TENNESSEE: MAY 2010
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

May 28-29, 2010  Battle of the Pigs BBQ & Car Show 2010 - Gray, Tenn


2009 TENNESSEE: MAY 2009
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

events still waiting for new dates

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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