BBQ Festivals - Tennessee
Sevierville Bloomin' Bluegrass & BBQ; image by Jeaneane Payne
Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass
This 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. The Barbeque Cook-Off is an official barbeque championship of the state of Tennessee.
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. The Chester County Barbecue Festival, founded as a family celebration, focuses on great BBQ, entertainment, community involvement and good times for all ages.
Dumplin Valley Bluegrass BBQ
Experience great bluegrass music at the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass BBQ in 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 World Championship Invitational Barbecue
From near and far, barbecue aficionados will visit Lynchburg, Tennessee year after year for the 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 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 Music City BBQ Fest to compete for a spot at the Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg in October. More than 16 bands are ready to jam.
Tipton County Bar-B-Que Festival
Tipton County Bar-B-Que Festival - The world's oldest bar-b-que cook-off. 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 in Covington, Tennessee.