Springfield Brings Taste of Country USA to Tennessee
Hungry for delicious food and great tunes? The historic downtown square in Springfield, in the heart of Robertson County, hosts the 3rd annual Taste of Country USA festival this coming weekend on June 8. Non-stop music and authentic country cookin’ provides the backdrop to a jam-packed program fit for the whole family.
The festivities kick off with Spirits of the South on Friday evening – Wine, Bourbon and Beer Tasting, limited to 200 tickets at $60 each. Early risers on Saturday, June 8 can catch the best bargains at the Historic District Yard Sale and charge their batteries at the Kiwanis Club Annual Pancake Breakfast. What better way to start your weekend!
For those who need to earn their breakfast, sign up for the Rotary 5K Run which starts at 7:30 a.m. and goes through historic downtown Springfield. Registration is $25 and opens Saturday at 6am.
The Taste of Country USA goes all day Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 7p.m., and there’s so much going on, you’ll need to pace yourself. Snap up your week’s supply of fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market.
Have childhood memories of your mother or grandmother making the best fluffy Southern biscuits this side of the Mason-Dixon line? At Biscuits and Such, you’ll have chance to taste a little nostalgia and discover all the creative dishes made with melt-in-your-mouth biscuits.
You really can eat your way through the day. At What’s for Lunch, you vote on the variety of Southern lunch specialties. The next one would have been my husband’s favorite. Pies, Cakes and Puddin’. I don’t know if they’ll be serving ice cream, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask!
The serious tasting contest, Man Eat Meat, begins at High Noon. Many of these entrants focus their livelihood on producing premium quality beef. Josh & Kathy Gunn raise natural grass-fed beef on their sixth generation Century farm, Gourmet Pasture Beef, in Springfield, and service Nashville restaurants like Margot’s, Lowe’s Vanderbilt, Baja Burrito, Gabby’s and Tays. You can also purchase meat to take home.
The Farmers Olympics is new this year. Come and cheer them on as they compete in relays, stacking hay bales, carrying feedbags and water buckets, and the old time egg and spoon race.
No festival is complete without music, and Taste of Country USA has a great lineup planned. Local gospel, Bluegrass and country artists will play throughout the day on the Electrolux Stage at West Court Square and East Fifth, and the Main Street Stage. While you’re enjoying the music, browse local artisans’ booths displaying arts and crafts, and Folk Art from North Carolina.
Robertson County is a major agricultural area, so not surprisingly there will be antique tractors on display and an antique car drive-in. Check in with the organizers ahead of time if you’d like to participate in the Corvette Rally or the Motorcycle Ride around Robertson County.
While CMA Fest is happening in Downtown Nashville, discover ‘Authentic Country’ in historic Springfield, one of Nashville’s quaint satellite towns. Tell us what you enjoyed the most!