New Food Festival in Gatlinburg Celebrates Southern Flavor

Beans and cornbreadNothing sticks to your ribs like a big bowl of beans and cornbread. This classic Smoky Mountain dish is finally getting the recognition it deserves with its very own food festival in Gatlinburg! Coming to the Smokies this spring, the Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast will feature music, games, and endless bowls of everyone’s favorite Southern meal.

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Where and When

The Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast will take place on Thursday May 8 in downtown Gatlinburg, just minutes away from our Smoky Mountain hotel. The festivities will kick off at 1 p.m. and last until 8 p.m.

Beans, Bluegrass, and Beanbags

The highlight of the Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast is, of course, the food! Local vendors will be serving up heaping helpings of the event’s signature dish throughout the day. As a guest at the festival, you are are also an official judge! So be sure to cast your vote for the recipe that made you come back for more.

As you sample the best beans in the Smokies, you will enjoy some excellent music. A local bluegrass bland will keep up the energy with some catchy Appalachian tunes.

After you’ve had your fill, you can move from beans to beanbags with the festival’s Corn Hole Tournament. This friendly competition is your chance to win big while supporting the local Humane Society.


If you plan on sampling the food, you can purchase a tasting pass on the official Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread website. Tickets are $15 each.

Where to Stay

The River Edge Motor Lodge is right around the corner from this awesome food festival in Gatlinburg! Our Smoky Mountain hotel is close to all of the best attractions, restaurants, and events in the downtown area. With a heated pool, high speed wireless internet, and private balconies, we have everything you need for a remarkable vacation. To book your stay with us, visit our Reservations page or give us a call at 1-800-544-2764.

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