Feels like there are a bunch of great food/spirits festivals happening in the coming weeks, and I’m drawn to many of 'em. Here are five fests that sound particularly great, from bacon and barbecue to whiskey and wine.
Music City Bacon and Barrel Festival
A thorough celebration of tastes that have long been beloved in the South: bacon and alcoholic stuff that’s aged in barrels. You’ll be able to taste 15 different kinds of quality bourbon and a mix of bacon-y dishes while enjoying live music from Trent Summar & the New Row Mob. (If you’d like to purchase drinks post-tastings, proceeds will go to help Hands on Nashville.)
When: 6 - 10 p.m., October 25
Where: Nashville Farmers' Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, Germantown area
26th annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue World Championship
You’ll need to trek out to Lynchburg for this one, but if you’re a big fan of barbecue and whiskey, it probably won’t feel like too much of a sacrifice. More than 90 domestic and international teams will be competing for the barbecue title, and attendees can take part in distillery tours, cooking demos, games, auctions, a petting zoo and other fun. (Oh, and eating barbecue.)
When: 10 a.m. start with awards presentation at 5 p.m., October 25
Where: Wiseman Park & Lynchburg Square, Lynchburg
Admission: voluntary donation to the Moore County School system
The new Nashville City Winery celebrates the harvest season by hosting an evening festival focused on their namesake beverage, with more than 80 wines on offer from almost a dozen countries, along with the requisite cheese and charcuterie.
When: 6 - 8 p.m., October 28
Where: City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., downtown Nashville
A pretty perfect way to sample a broad collection of Nashville’s fine food and drink offerings while doing good for the community (Taste of Nashville benefits Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee and Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee). Chefs, distillers and confectioners from around town will be on hand showing off their stuff, including folks from East Nashville’s Treehouse, Melrose/Berry Hill area’s Sinema and The Sutler, Etch downtown, Germatown’s Silo and many others.
West Nashville farm Green Door Gourmet hosts its second annual event to benefit the James Beard Foundation and further the embrace of agriculture in culinary students (funds raised go toward a scholarship for students with that focus). Six prominent local chefs — included Lockeland Table’s Hal Holden-Bache and celebrity chef Dale Levitski of Sinema — will compete in a whole-hog competition, and attendees will get to enjoy tastings of their creations, along with sides and local beer. (The “beards” component is a nod to Movember, and all chefs will be bearing bearded faces, some real, some fake.)
When: 4 - 8 p.m., November 9
Where: Green Door Gourmet, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville
Admission: $50 for James Beard Foundation members, $75 for non-members, available online
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