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Satisfy Your Cravings at Tennessee’s Fall Food Festivals

It’s all about comfort food when we enter the colder months. Warm, delicious stews, chilis and soups are in a continuous rotation in many households as we try to keep Mr. Jack Frost at bay for as long as possible. Here are some Tennessee food festivals to go to when you get a hankering for barbecue, chili and other delectable, stick-to-your-ribs fare.

 East

Local, fresh food abounds during Chattanooga’s Fresh on Fridays. Home-grown produce, food trucks, local restaurants and artisans are showcased every Friday. Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 are the last two Fridays for this event so be sure to swing by and have a taste of something local.

Kodak, Tenn. can now add “winery” to its list of attractions as the Eagle Springs Winery has its grand opening Oct. 25. It’s a perfect way to spend your day sampling some of the winery’s dry and semi-sweet wines for free. The winemaking area is always open for public visits. Take home a bottle of wine along with honey, fudge and other treats.

Middle

Nothing says autumn quite like a bowl of steaming, yummy chili. Get your chili fill at the Annual Chili Cook Off from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in Franklin. There will be plenty of chili to go around as competitors have to make at least 15 gallons. There’s also a salsa recipe contest and live music. Admission is $5 and the tastings start at 12 p.m.

 

Want to sample some of the best barbecue in the world? Head on over to Lynchburg, Tenn. for the finger-licking-good Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue Oct. 27.

This is one of the biggest barbecue competitions in the world, according to fans and competitors. More than 90 international and national barbecue teams will smoke and sear for the coveted title of Grand Champion.

West 

From local to global, the River Arts Fest 2012 in downtown Memphis Oct. 26 to Oct. 28 brings a food connoisseur’s dream to reality. Sample food from eight gourmet stations of locally-based food and global food stations in three food courts throughout the festival. Peruse artisan vendors and listen to toe-tapping music.

While you’re in Memphis, take advantage of the always available, mouthwatering barbecue hot spots like Rendezvous, Interstate, Central and A&R.

What are some of your favorite fall foods?

About the blogger:

Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of Nashville. My family and I vacationed in East Tennessee every year when I was young. Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains, staying in cabins in Gatlinburg, horseback riding in Pigeon Forge and Dandridge instilled in me a love for this state at an early age. I now have the privilege of working and living in Tennessee. My blog posts will center on what’s happening around this great state. I’d love it if you joined me! 

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    John Blackburn

    Another food festival in middle Tennessee is the award winning National Banana Pudding Festival held the 5-6 Oct 2013 in Centerville, TN. In 2012 the festival was selected as one of the Top 20 events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and in 2013 was selected the Best Festival with a budget under $75,00 by the Southeast Festival and Event Association. Go to bananapuddingfest.org for more info. Thanks

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