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Tennessee Events 2013

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June Festivals and Events in Tennessee

June 13-15, 2013  2013 TGCSA Annual Convention & Expo – Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association is the only food trade association that represents all segments of Tennessee’s food market.

June 15, 2013  19th Annual RC and Moon Pie Festival – Bell Buckle, Tennessee
A jam packed day of fun for the whole family awaits you. There is plenty of country and bluegrass music, clogging dancers, Moon Pie games, crafts, and the ever popular “Synchronized Wading Extravaganza”. Cutting of the worlds largest Moon Pie rounds out the day.

June 21-22, 2013  Queen City Barbeque Cookoff – Clarksville, Tennessee
All proceeds of this Kansas City BBQ Society event benefit the Wounded Warrior Project whose mission it is “To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.” We will be asking each team to host a wounded warrior as an honorary team member for the weekend.

June 21-22, 2013  Big BBQ Bash 2013 – Maryville, Tennessee
The 7th Annual Big BBQ Bash is Back!  Live music and a variety of food vendors sure to please all guests.  All Proceeds from this event benefit Helen Ross McNabb Center, serving the children, adults, and families of Knoxville and East Tennessee.

June 22, 2013  Taste of Music City – Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville’s largest Food and Drink Festival is celebrating 11 years!  Tickets include food samples from some of Nashville’s best restaurants and an opportunity to taste some of the best beverages that call Music City home!

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July Festivals and Events in Tennessee

JULY 4, 2013 – There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 12, 2013  Oak Grove 64th Annual Fish Fry – Oak Grove, Tennessee
Fried catfish or barbecue chicken, french fries, white beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies, cake, lemonade or tea.  Oak Grove Methodist Church.

July 12-13, 2013  30th Annual Tomato Festival  – Ripley, Tennessee
Lauderdale County Tomato Festival.  Includes Carnival Rides, Petting Zoo, Games, Baby Crawling Contest, Food, General and Craft vendors, Live Music, Tomato Contest, Tomato Tasting, 5-K Run, Pageant and Tomato Farmer of the Year.

July 19-21, 2013  World Music and Food Festival 2013 – Nashville, Tennessee
A multicultural festival that explores food and music from across the globe. Live music and dance entertainment from across the globe.

July 25-27, 2013  10th Annual Foothills Country Fair – Cleveland, Tennessee
Events may include Concerts, Beauty Pageants, Cultural Arts Contests, 4-H Poultry Show, Antique Tractor Show, Lawn Mower Racing, Dog Show, Demolition Derby, Various Animal & Livestock Exhibits, Friday Night Concerts and more. All ages are welcome.  Back for 2013, the Backyard BBQ Bash (see separate listing).

July 26-27, 2013  Backyard BBQ Bash – Cleveland, Tennessee
The schedule includes both the Tennessee State Championship event, sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, and the Amateur Backyard BBQ Bash, open to non-professional teams only.

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August Festivals and Events in Tennessee


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September Festivals and Events in Tennessee

September 6-15, 2013  Tennessee State Fair – Nashville, Tennessee
106th Tennessee State Fair. This year’s State Fair will showcase the culture and promise of the entire state of Tennessee, making it a true state fair. It will epitomize the best of Tennessee, emphasizing agriculture and youth, heritage and future, all in an educational and entertaining atmosphere. During the fair, the Tennessee State Fairgrounds will come alive with traditional competitions, thrilling rides, and a wide variety of must-see events. Attendance: 230,000.

September 22, 2013  Best Memphis Burger Fest – Memphis, Tennessee
Best Memphis Burger Fest is Memphis’ biggest and best in eating and cooking competitions. Live music.

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October Festivals and Events in Tennessee

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November Festivals and Events in Tennessee

November 2, 2013  Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival 2013 – Nashville, Tennessee
Beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’.

November 13-14, 2013  10th Global Bottled Water Congress – Nashville, Tennessee
The Global Bottled Water Congress, now in its 10th year, is a two day event incorporating market briefings, conference sessions and a Gala Awards Dinner . With a focus on consumer trends, innovation case studies and growth opportunities, the Congress also provides excellent networking for business directors, suppliers, customers and analysts. It will run alongside the IBWA Annual Business Conference and Trade Show and the NAMA Coffee, Tea and Water Show.

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