No Smoky Mountain cookbook would be complete without a few chapters on beans and cornbread. This simple but delicious meal is a stable of Appalachian cuisine. In May, the city of Gatlinburg will celebrate this down home favorite with a brand new festival: the Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast! Read on to learn everything you need to know about this exciting Gatlinburg event.
When and Where
The Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast will be held on May 8, 2014. Tents and booths will line the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg for this big bean cook-off. The festivities will last from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Best Beans
This festival sets out to answer an age old question: who has the best beans and cornbread in the Smokies? Guests at the Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast will discover the answer by sampling bowl after bowl of everyone’s favorite dish. Local venders will whip up their very best recipes as they try to win the popular vote and launch their cooking into the history books.
In addition to plenty of food, the Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast will also feature live music and games. In between bites, you’ll be clapping your hands and stomping your feet to the excellent bluegrass music planned for the event.
After chowing down on some cornbread, you can also play some cornhole. There will be an official Corn Hole Tournament to benefit the local Humane Society, so start practicing your bean bag tossing now!
For $15, guests will be able to sample all of the different beans and cornbread recipes while supplies last. To get tickets, visit the official event website.
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