Food Festivals - Tennessee
Cleveland Apple Festival - This is a family event held in downtown Cleveland. This annual festival offers a juried art and craft show, live bluegrass music, food booths, pony and hay rides, entertainment, children's activities and much more! All children's activities are free to children 12 and under including pony rides.
Cosby Ramp Festival - Held at Kineauvista Hill in Cosby, Tennessee. Music, Food and Fun for the Whole Family: Green eggs & ramps, BBQ chicken served with ramps. Country, gospel, bluegrass and rock & roll music. Maid of Ramps contest. Appalachian crafts. All festivities held outdoors at beautiful Kineauvista Hill. 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission fee for Adults. Free for children under 6. Parking is free.
Tennessee Strawberry Festival - The Tennessee Strawberry Festival is a 10 day long extravaganza, jam-packed with a myriad variety of events and activities sponsored by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce.
• Annual Taste of Autumn - Gatlinburg Convention Center. Live entertainment, live auction with cash bar. $25 per person. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a United Way fundraiser and features a variety of foods from many of the area’s finest restaurants. For a donation of $25, the attendees will enjoy unlimited sampling from all the restaurants from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and have a chance to bid on some great live auction items. 100% of the proceeds go to the United Way of Sevier County. Featured restaurants include: Hard Rock Café, The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, La Carreta, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Ronnie Boys All American Hot Dog, Fermata Café, Gondolier of Gatlinburg, River Terrace, Cherokee Grill, Crawdaddy’s, The Park Grill, Coffee Loft, Lineberger’s, Damon’s Grill, Nifty Fifties Café, Maui Wowi, Blaine’s Bar & Grill, No Way Jose’s, Calhoun’s, Smoky Mountain Brewery, The Veranda Restaurant at Ripley’s Aquarium, Dollywood, Fox & Parrott Tavern, Smoky Mountain Winery, Charles Richard Resources, Coca-Cola and many more.
• Shady Valley Annual Cranberry Festival (in Shady Valley just outside of Butler, Tennessee) - The Shady Valley Annual Cranberry Festival is held on the 2nd full weekend in October. On Friday evening, 5:00PM-7:00PM is the Bean Supper, and Auction. Both activities are at the Shady Valley Elementary School. Saturday is an all day event. Starting your day with a pThere is a pancake breakfast at the Shady Valley Volunteer Fire Hall. At 10:00AM a parade starts at the Shady Valley Presbyterian Church and includes the Johnson County Band, floats, Citizen of the Year, Johnson County Car Cruisers Club, horses, and much more. The parade ends at the school grounds where the rest of the festival takes place. This festival has been called the "The Best Little Festival in Tennessee."
• Tipton County Bar-B-Que Festival - World's oldest bar-b-que cook-off. Held in Covington, Tennessee. Features Colgate country showdown state finals, demolition derby, truck pull, vendors, crafts and food, music, judging of team sauce, dessert, rib, shoulder, BBQ, anything but pork, best booth, Jr. livestock show, kids playground and more. Held in October.
• Unicoi County Apple Festival - The festival, consistantly named one
of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in the Southeast and
a two-year winner of a Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award, is a premier two-day event that features handmade crafts, a variety of unique foods, two entertainment stages highlighting local, regional and national talent, a large children’s area, a Blue-Ridge Pottery Show and Sale, an Apple Festival Pageant, tennis tournament, a cooking contest and much more. The festival has over 300 vendors.