2014 TENNESSEE: May, June, July & August
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event
(see also: 2013 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009)
April 27-May 4, 2014 34th Annual Teapot Festival 2014
May 2-10, 2014 Middle Tenn Strawberry Festival
The 73rd annual event includes a parade, carnival, golf scramble, concerts, pageant and more.
May 2-10, 2014 67th Annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival
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 and commitment to family values. (also: www.tnstrawberryfestival.com/ ).
May 3, 2014 13th 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 3, 2014 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 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 4-10, 2014 77th West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Recipe contest, Barbeque Cookoff, Horse Show, Music, Tractor Show, Parade, Entertainment, much more.
May 8, 2014 Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Blast!
New for 2014! 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 11, 2014 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 15-17, 2014 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 15-18, 2014 Southern Food Writing Conference - Knoxville, Tenn.
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, 2014 International Biscuit Festival - Knoxville, Tennessee
An expanded schedule brings Biscuit Art and Food Network talent into the mix at the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville. 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. Adding an extra day to the festivities, the International Biscuit Festival and Food Network present “An Evening with Tyler Florence” at the Tennessee Theatre on Sunday, May 18th at 8 pm. Florence is the star of the Food Network’s top rated show The Great Food Truck Race. Florence will take the stage at the Tennessee Theatre with a lively show that shares behind the scenes stories from his career in television. Attendance: 15,000.
June 7, 2014 National MooFest Dairy Festival - Athens, Tennessee
Dairy recipe, mooing and other contests, entertainment and a street dance.
June 12-14, 2014 TGCSA Annual Convention & Expo - Nashville, Tenn.
Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association is the only food trade association that represents all segments of Tennessee’s food market.
June 21, 2014 Taste of Music City - Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville's largest Food and Drink Festival is celebrating 12 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!
June 21, 2014 20th Annual RC and Moon Pie Festival - Bell Buckle, Tenn
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, 2014 Annual Lynnville Blackberry Festival
Street dance, vendors, games, and food including "the world's best blackberry pie"!
June 27-28, 2014 Big BBQ Bash 2014 - 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, 2014 - 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 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 19, 2014 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 24-27, 2014 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 25-26, 2014 11th Annual Foothills Country Fair
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 25-26, 2014 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.
August 8-9, 2014 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 22-23, 2014 6th 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.
August 31-Sept 7, 2014 21st Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival
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.