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BBQ Festivals - Tennessee

Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass
Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass is a family oriented event celebrating the beauty of spring, championship barbeque and world class bluegrass music. Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass takes place during Smoky Mountain Springfest in historic downtown Sevierville, Tennessee. Our Barbeque Cook-Off is an official barbeque championship of the state of Tennessee and is coordinated by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.

Bluegrass & BBQ - Come hungry to the new Bluegrass & BBQ, Dollywood’s free concert series featuring the biggest names in bluegrass music while you savor the country’s tastiest barbeque. Together, Bluegrass & BBQ makes fall in the Great Smoky Mountains a finger-lickin’, toe-tappin’ good time! Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder kicks off a lineup that includes Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, the Del McCoury Band, Riders in the Sky, reigning IBMA Entertainer of the Year Cherryholmes and more.

Chester County Barbecue Festival
When you travel the county, and smell the whole-hog barbecue being roasted over an open pit, you understand why Chester County is the self-proclaimed “barbecue capitol of the world.” Community whole-hog barbecues in Chester County, can be traced back to the early 1800s, and have continued into the 21st century. With this in mind, the Jaycees began a tradition that has lasted over 3 decades. The Jaycees chose downtown Henderson, surrounding the courthouse as the setting for the festival. The business lined district became the focal point. This provided an unique setting and offered a shaded, relaxed and charming atmosphere to provide a community event. The festival, founded as a family celebration, focused on the great BBQ, entertainment, community involvement and good times for all ages. The Chamber of Commerce began sponsoring the festival in the late 80’s, to continue this traditional community event.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Experience great bluegrass music at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Workshops, Arts & Crafts, and plenty of food vendors on site. Camping hook-ups are available.

High on the Hog Festival
The High on the Hog Festival is organized by the Franklin County Kiwanis. Since it's beginning in 1999, the Franklin County Kiwanis has made great strides in their efforts to make a difference in the lives of children in Franklin County. Proceeds raised by this Festival are used to improve our community and help local programs such as Click It or Ticket which provides car seats for those who cannot afford to purchase them and $4,000.00 in scholarships for Franklin County students. Children are priority one with the Kiwanis.

Jack Daniel's Annual Invitational Barbecue
From near and far, barbecue aficionados will visit Lynchburg, Tennessee, on October 24, 2009 for the 21st Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue.

Considered one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the world, the Jack Daniel’s Invitational will host more than 60 award-winning barbecue teams from the United States and several other countries. They’ll be competing in the categories of Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Beef Brisket and Chicken, as well as "Jack Daniel’s Sauce" (must contain a little of our hometown product) and Desserts. International teams enjoy being especially creative by entering their "Home Cookin’ from the Homeland," while our U.S. championship teams do the same with their "Cook’s Choice."

Memphis in May
Held in May, Memphis in May features a world championship barbecue cooking contest and the Beale St. Music Festival. The barbecue cooking contest is known as the Super Bowl of Swine. The College of Pig Knowledge. The Granddaddy of Grills. The Largest Pork Barbecue Cooking Contest on the Planet.

The sweetest smelling cloud hovers over Memphis Hickory, pork, tomato, mustard, vinegar, more pork ... Three stuffed days of smoked heaven where contestants eat, sleep, and live pig. All oink wildly, trying to win more than $61,050 in prizes.

Grillmasters and goodtimers will descend on Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis for serious competition that's seriously fun. Even the grills dress up for this party like fire trucks, airplanes, piggy banks, pot bellied stoves; you name it, it's probably here.

More than 90,000 pork lovers from around the globe Australia, Russia, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Estonia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Kingdom gather together to testify about their special sauces, rubs, ribs, and whatnot in Pig-dom.

And, there's the Sharp Stage, the site of world-class musical entertainment and the Ms. Piggie competition (grown men in snouts and tutus). You'll see funny faces, famous faces, and might end up having your face on one of these special reports on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Southern Living Network, PBS, A&E, TBS, Gourmet Magazine, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living TV, or one of many other media reports.

Music City BBQ Fest
Over 70 cook teams bring their best recipe to compete for a spot at the Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg in October. Governor Bredesen has declared Saturday “Music City BBQ Fest Day” and the winner “Tennessee State Barbeque Champion”. More than 16 bands are ready to jam.

Raccoon Valley Fall Festival
The Raccoon Valley Fall Festival is no mere concert - it is full of entertaining and additional activities. Our festival grounds cover 55 acres filled with live bluegrass music on stage all day, crafts, vendors and lots of good food. Antique cars and tractors will also be on display. Molasses making and a museum filled with antiques round out the activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and be prepared to enjoy the best of bluegrass in a great laid back festival setting. We will have some covered seating areas with chairs in case of inclement weather. No alcohol or coolers are allowed. Food vendors will be set up at the stage area for food and drink purchases. Pets must be on leashes at all times. Please keep your pets out of the stage and food areas. Must clean up after your pet. Handicapped parking and assistance will be available.

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