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2014 TENNESSEE: September, Oct, Nov & December
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August 31-Sept 7, 2014
21st Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival - Martin, Tenn.

September 5-14, 2014  Tennessee State Fair
Nashville, Tennessee
106th Tennessee State Fair. This year’s State Fair will showcase the culture and promise of the entire state of Tennessee, making it a true state fair. It will epitomize the best of Tennessee, emphasizing agriculture and youth, heritage and future, all in an educational and entertaining atmosphere. During the fair, the Tennessee State Fairgrounds will come alive with traditional competitions, thrilling rides, and a wide variety of must-see events.  Attendance: 230,000.


October 4-5, 2014  29th Harvest Street Festival - Newport, Tennessee
The streets of Downtown, Newport TN will be filled with people, food, crafts and entertainment! Among the music will be traditional, contemporary and gospel.  As you stroll through the streets of downtown Newport, you will have opportunity to purchase many wares of local and regional crafters.  Everything from coveted cookbooks full of recipes from some of the best cooks around, oil paintings, pencil drawings, children’s toys, face painting, décor, and many other handmade items will be on display.  When you have wrapped up your shopping, let the kids stop by the Kiddie Land, located off the food court, and hop in the bounce house, enjoy a fast ride down one of the slides, joust your friend, and play some ball.

October 10-11, 2014  Crossville Oktoberfest - Crossville, Tennessee
This annual event is well known for its great German food & beverages and continuous dancing & listening music from great German polka bands. The festival is rated one of the most authentic Oktoberfests in the area

October 12-18, 2014  National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
The Bulk is Green Council (BIG)

October 13-17, 2014  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.  'Get in the Game with School Lunch.'

November 2-4, 2014  Pillsbury Bake Off Final - Nashville, Tennessee
The 100 finalists will compete for the million-dollar grand prize.

November 8, 2014  Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival - Nashville, Tennessee
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.

November 27, 2014  THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.   (4th Thursday in November).


2013 TENNESSEE: September, Oct, Nov & December
events still waiting for new dates

September 1-8, 2013  20th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival
Martin, Tennessee
Big Bean and Service Awards, BBQ Cookoff and Live Entertainment.


September 6-15, 2013  Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee
106th Tennessee State Fair. This year’s State Fair will showcase the culture and promise of the entire state of Tennessee, making it a true state fair. It will epitomize the best of Tennessee, emphasizing agriculture and youth, heritage and future, all in an educational and entertaining atmosphere. During the fair, the Tennessee State Fairgrounds will come alive with traditional competitions, thrilling rides, and a wide variety of must-see events. Attendance: 230,000.

September 14, 2013  Obion County Cornfest - Union City, Tennessee
Fun Run, Pet Parade, Art in the Park, Tyson Chicken Community Feed, Cornhole Tournament, CornFest Idol, Corn Eating & Shucking Contests.

September 14, 2013  Wine on the River World Tour - Nashville, Tenn
Join us as we travel through 10 different regions spanning the globe. Sample wine, beer, and/or spirits specific to that region. Take a break from your travels and enjoy the soothing sounds of live jazz music. Held on the beautiful Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, the perfect place with breathtaking views overlooking downtown Nashville.

September 22, 2013  Best Memphis Burger Fest - Memphis, Tennessee
Best Memphis Burger Fest is Memphis' biggest and best in eating and cooking competitions. Live music.

September 26-28, 2013  36th Annual BBQ Festival
Henderson, Tennessee
Chester County, the "whole hog barbecue capital of the world" serves it’s nationally recognized specialty, whole hog, barbecued over an open pit. Plenty of music, acts, and comedy, along with art and craft booths, antique car show,  games and activities for the young and young at heart.

September 26-Nov 26, 2013  Pumpkin Harvest Display 2013
Jackson, Tennessee
This breathtaking display features more than 5,000 unique varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash in what is believed to be the largest pumpkin display in the South. Includes seminars on how to grow your own pumpkins.

September 27-28, 2013  11th Annual Goats Music & More Festival
Lewisburg, Tennessee
Top-notch free musical entertainment, goat shows that celebrate fainting and Boer goats, sanctioned barbecue, food of every description, Goat Gallop run, arts & crafts and kids' activities.


September 28, 2013  Wine Over Water - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tennessee's premier wine tasting festival, with all proceeds benefiting Cornerstones for Historic Preservation in Chattanooga.

September 28, 2013  Southern Artisan Cheese Festival
Nashville, Tennessee
Where else can you sample 75+ handcrafted cheeses and meet the good folks who make 'em? This once a year event brings together over 20 artisanal cheesemakers from six states around the Southeast.

October 1, 2013  Tennessee Beer Festival - Nashville, Tennessee
Held at Two Rivers Mansion with 25 different breweries offering a selection of 90-100 different beers. Music, education and artisan booths.

October 4-5, 2013  36th Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival
Something for everyone--handmade crafts, antiques, entertainment, a large children”s area, Blue Ridge pottery show, contests and a smorgasbord of food!  Attendance: 110,000.

October 5, 2013  22nd Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off
Allardt, Tennessee
Crafts festival, entertainment, parade, car and motorcycle show, and the weigh-off of giant pumpkins for world record consideration.

October 5-6, 2013  National Banana Pudding Festival
Fun Activities for the kids.  Arts and Crafts. National Banana Pudding Cook-Off  in front of a live audience.  National Banana Pudding Cook Off Auction.  Puddin’ Path – sample 8 different puddings made by local nonprofits and oh how good!  Lots of really good Southern comfort food Come taste the sweetness!  2 Stages of Entertainment.

October 12, 2013  Brewsboro Festival - Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Sample brews from local, regional, national, and imported breweries all in your handy souvenir mug and enjoy food from some of Murfreesboro and Nashville's best restaurants, while enjoying live music all day. Attendees will have an opportunity to get educated on some of the fun facts of beer at the Beer 101 tent.

October 12, 2013  17th Annual Knoxville Brewers' Jam
The festival, brought to you by and benefiting Community Shares of Tennessee, will be held at World's Fair Park. We'll be celebrating great handmade American craft beer, music, and food.

October 17, 2013  The 23rd Annual Chili Cook Off! - Pulaski, Tennessee
Come and taste the best chili east of Texas. Prizes given for best tasting chili in the South!  Additional prizes for booth decoration and for the best cornbread and cookie recipes. Entertainment, kids activity area.

October 19-20, 2013  Cleveland Apple Festival - Cleveland, Tennessee
This annual festival offers a juried art and craft show, live music, pie eating and dessert contests, food booths, pony and hay rides, entertainment, children's activities and much more!

October 19-20, 2013  Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival
Nashville, Tennessee
Held the third weekend in October at the Tennessee Agricultural Museum, with molasses cooking and tasting at the sorghum mill, bluegrass music, dancers, crafts, molasses maze, long hunter camp, sheep herding, grist mill, Country Hollow fun, log cabins, activities for children and great food.

October 23, 2013  Celebrity Chef Tour - Memphis, Tennessee
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs.

October 26, 2013  25th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue - Lynchburg, Tennessee
The good people of Lynchburg have joined the folks at Jack Daniel Distillery to host the annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue – what many have called the most prestigious barbecue competition in the world.

November 13, 2013  Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous.  Highlighted by the debut of the spectacular all-LED Gatlinburg Winter Magic lights program, the Chili Cookoff will feature more than 20 restaurants, attractions, civic groups, retailers, banks, and public service agencies serving more than 30,000 cups of chili as each participating group competes for a variety of awards.  Those attending are encouraged to vote for their favorite chili. These votes will be tallied to award the coveted People’s Choice Award to the most popular chili. A panel of judges will cast their votes for other awards, including: Best Presentation, Best Chili Apron, and Best Chili.

November 13-14, 2013  10th Global Bottled Water Congress
Nashville, Tennessee
The Global Bottled Water Congress, now in its 10th year, is a two day event incorporating market briefings, conference sessions and a Gala Awards Dinner . With a focus on consumer trends, innovation case studies and growth opportunities, the Congress also provides excellent networking for business directors, suppliers, customers and analysts. It will run alongside the IBWA Annual Business Conference and Trade Show and the NAMA Coffee, Tea and Water Show.

December 7, 2013  12 South Winter Warmer - Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville's first and only winter beer festival. This will be an epic day in Sevier Park showcasing the finest stouts, porters, barley wines, winter seasonals and barrel-aged beers.


2012 TENNESSEE: September, Oct, Nov & December

events still waiting for new dates

September 16, 2012  8th Annual Taste of Loudon County - Lenoir City, TN
Great food from many of Loudon County's best restaurants and caterers, outdoor shopping, live music, fun for the entire family.

September 27, 2012  15th Annual Taste of Autumn  - Gatlinburg, Tenn
Autumn is right around the corner and the most delightful way to get ready is to attend Gatlinburg’s Taste of Autumn.  Attendees can sample unlimited offerings from some of the area’s finest restaurants and attractions. For a small donation, attendees can enjoy unlimited sampling from 17 participating vendors with live entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Taste of Autumn benefit the 2012 United Way Sevier campaign. Tickets are $25 (children under 7 are free).

September 27, 2012  2012 Taste of Hendersonville - Hendersonville, Tenn
If you aren’t familiar with the event, the Taste of Hendersonville is loaded with local eatery booths allowing attendees the chance to sample the many flavors Hendersonville restaurants, grocers and caterers have to offer. Attendees may purchase armbands in order to take part in the tasting. Each year, entrants in the Taste vie for the top awards including Best Local Restaurant, Best National Restaurant, Best of Taste and the highly coveted People’s Choice. Beer and wine will be available at an additional fee. We also invite many non-profits and businesses to set up booths to give a true “taste” of everything Hendersonville has to offer. Bounce houses will also be set up to entertain the kids.


2011 TENNESSEE: September, Oct, Nov & December

waiting for new dates

September 17-18, 2011  Belle Meade Plantation Fall Fest - Nashville, TN
The 26th Annual Fall Fest held on the historical grounds of Belle Meade Plantation.  This event includes antiques, crafts, music, kids area, wine tasting and food vendors.

October 15, 2011  Music City Chili Cook Off - Nashville, Tennessee
Competitors from across the Middle Tennessee area will be serving their chili for a chance to be crowned the winner.  There will be activities for all ages with live music  and a bounce house for the kids. Yazoo Brewing Company and Ole Smoky Moonshine are providing alcohol in our beer garden.Brother Z's Wangs and Red Rooster will be cooking up some wings and bbq plates, but save room for dessert since. Maggie's Mobile Slab will be there selling ice cream.

October 15, 2011  Grapes & Grains - Nashville, Tennessee
Grapes ‘n Grains is a wine and whiskey festival to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid South Chapter. Featuring tasting stations for various wines and whiskeys. There will be a stage for live music throughout the day, and local restaurants will provide small portions of some of their signature dishes. A special VIP area will offer select wines, whiskies and cigars.

October 15, 2011  27th Annual Maury County Chili Cook-Off
Columbia, Tennessee
Enjoy tasting many versions of chili then visit the booth selling lots of baked goods, many decorated with a fall theme. Cook for a Cure to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.


2010 TENNESSEE: September, Oct, Nov & December

events still waiting for new dates

September 4, 2010  Best Of The Butts Bbq Cook Off - Bell Buckle, Tenn
Taste the best ribs and bbq in this friendly competition where judges and visitors get to decide the winners!

September 11, 2010  Sharon Corn and Music Festival 2010 - Sharon, Tenn
Among the events are corn recipe and eating contests, parade, cake walk, pageant, pet show and music.

October 8, 2010  Taste of Nashville - Nashville, Tennessee
Please join us at The Cannery Ball Room and enjoy samples of Nashville”s best food. Benefits the Boys & Girls clubs of Middle Tennessee.


2009 TENNESSEE: September, Oct, Nov & December

events still waiting for new dates

September 26, 2009  Orbit Food and Beverage Show
Knoxville, Tennessee
Brand new event to showcase all food and beverage items from distributors and manufacturers throughout the country. Show is for distributors in the food industry & Companies involved in product packaging /bottling.

October 9-10, 2009  4th Annual Tennessee State Bar-B-Q & Fall Festival
Lenoir City, Tennessee
We are a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP & Sanctioned thru the Kansas City Barbecue Society.



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