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

(see also: 2016 - 2014 - 2013 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009)

May 1-9, 2015  Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Portland, Tennessee
The 74th annual event includes a parade, carnival, golf scramble, concerts, pageant and more.

May 2-9, 2015  68th Annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Dayton, Tennessee
This year's theme: Strawberries At Sea.  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 2, 2015  14th 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 2, 2015  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 3-9, 2015  78th West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Humboldt, Tennessee
Recipe contest, Barbeque Cookoff, Horse Show, Music, Tractor Show, Parade, Entertainment, much more.

May 10, 2015  MOTHER'S DAY 2015 - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

May 14, 2015  Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Blast! - Gatlinburg, Tenn.
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 14-15, 2015  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 14-15, 2015  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 14-16, 2015  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 14-16, 2015  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.

June 4-5, 2015  TGCSA Annual Convention & Expo - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association is the only food trade association that represents all segments of Tennessee’s food market.

June 20, 2015  21st 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 20, 2015  Taste of Music City - Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville's largest Food and Drink Festival.   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!

June 26-27, 2015  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.

July 4, 2015  4TH OF JULY 2015 - 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 23-26, 2015  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 25, 2015  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.

August 7-8, 2015  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 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.

August 29-Sept 13, 2015  22nd Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival
Martin, Tennessee
Big Bean and Service Awards, BBQ Cookoff and Live Entertainment.  A collaborative effort of the University of Tennessee at Martin, local industry and businesses, leaders in agriculture, churches and community organizations, and countless other volunteers who work together to make the festival bigger and better each year. The Soybean Festival provides an opportunity for food, fun and fellowship, all in celebration of Weakley County’s cash crop- the soybean. The event pays tribute to the soybean farmer yet includes something for everyone.


2016 TENNESSEE: May, June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event



2014 TENNESSEE: May, June, July & August
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.

June 7, 2014  National MooFest Dairy Festival - Athens, Tennessee
No MooFest in 2015.

June 21, 2014  Annual Lynnville Blackberry Festival
Lynnville, Tennessee
Street dance, vendors, games, and food including "the world's best blackberry pie"!

July 11, 2014  Oak Grove 65th 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 11-12, 2014  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 25-26, 2014  11th Annual Foothills Country Fair
Cleveland, Tennessee
the Foothills Country Fair Board of Directors met and unanimously voted to dissolve the Foothills Country Fair and KCBS BBQ Bash.

July 25-26, 2014  Backyard BBQ Bash - Cleveland, Tennessee
the Foothills Country Fair Board of Directors met and unanimously voted to dissolve the Foothills Country Fair and KCBS BBQ Bash.


2013 TENNESSEE: May, June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

waiting for new dates

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. 


2011 TENNESSEE: May, June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event

waiting for new dates

June 19, 2011  Real Men Cook - Memphis, Tennessee
Real Men Cook promotes male involvement, education, outreach and advocacy on food resources, healthy eating, healthcare and public policies on these issues. Takes place each year on Father's Day in cities across the U.S. A national movement-get involved!


2010 TENNESSEE: May, June, July & August
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

June 12-13, 2010  16th Annual Battleground Chili Cook-off
Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee


2009 TENNESSEE: May, June, July & August
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.

June 14-15, 2009  5th Annual Tennessee Heritage BBQ Festival
Smyrna, Tennessee
This event is a Kansas City BBQ Society  network sanctioned activity, which will bring competitive BBQ cooking teams from all across the United States to Smyrna, Tennessee



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