Feasts, Festivals and More
WOW do we have a lot of special events to look forward to in the next couple weeks here in the Smokies. We’ve got FOUR coming up in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville and 75% of them are food-based festivals. Clear palate, because if you choose to indulge in any of them, your tastebuds are going to have quite a ride.
Gatlinburg – Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival
Not everyday you get to celebrate the Southern wonder that is the mixture of beans and cornbread, so we found time to make May 12th a time to celebrate it. From 5:00PM to 8:00PM between stoplights #6 and #8, many vendors that include local restaurants, experts from abroad and everything in between will set up tables for people to have as much as they want with the purchase of an admission spoon ($10.00). There will be entertainment for the evening provided by Nashville country/honkytonk singer Tara Thompson and much more. See www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=138 for details.
Pigeon Forge – Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass
5/13/16 – 5/22/16
Dollywood has the longest marathon of merriment for this month and you’ll definitely want to check it out. For this awesome week-and-a-half, the price of admission at Dollywood includes round-the-clock performances from Backline, Flatt Lonesome, The Boxcars, The Steeldrivers, Loose Strings Band, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle and almost two dozen additional artists playing throughout the park and the best in pulled pork, smoked sausage, chicken and much more served at Market Square. See more on this at www.dollywood.com.
Pigeon Forge – Wilderness Wildlife Week
5/18/16 – 5/22/16
This used to be a Winter event in Pigeon Forge, but this year they’ve moved it to spring. The new Spring version of the Wilderness Wildlife Week, other than the seasonal change is every bit the same as we’ve always enjoyed. The hikes, lectures, workshops and special guest appearances continue to exceed our expectations. You can get more information on that at www.mypigeonforge.com/events/wilderness-wildlife-week/.
Sevierville – Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass
5/20/16 – 5/21/16
There aren’t many special events that shutdown downtown Sevierville around the Sevier County courthouse, but the Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass makes it count with a one-and-one-half day festival where dozens of cooking teams will be providing the food, entertainers will provide the aural culture every hour the festival is in play, and the avenues around the courthouse will have arts and crafts vendors showcasing a variety of worthwhile things to look at and consider for yourself. www.bloominbbq.com