Taste of Tennessee



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The Tennessee State Fair is bringing a bigger & better Taste of Tennessee Festival back to opening weekend of the 2014 Fair.  Craft Beer, Artisan Spirits, Local Music, Native Food and Tennessee-made goods will all be showcased Friday & Saturday, September 5th & 6th on the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. No other Festival gives you all that Tennessee has to offer in one venue!

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Craft Brewers Fest – Friday, September 5th

Kay Bob’s Grill & Ale presents the 2nd Annual Taste of Tennessee Craft Brewers Festival on Friday, September 5th. Craft Breweries are taking off in Tennessee and this year’s Festival will include more than 35 brewers from across the state!  Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Franklin, Sparta, Chattanooga, Tullahoma, Knoxville, Bristol, Kingsport, Maryville and Jonesborough all converge for this largest gathering of Tennessee brewers ever!  Come to sample your favorites, chat with the brewers and discover new brews.  Well over 100 beers will be on tap for your sampling pleasure!

The cost of admission will include admission to the Fair, a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited samples for the duration of the event. Admission for designated drivers will be available and will include complimentary N/A drinks. The festival will only be open to people aged 21 and over.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild.

SIP tickets will allow a limited number of guests access an hour earlier than the public, as well as the chance to sample some special beers and talk with the brewers.  $20 of each SIP ticket goes to support the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild.

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Artisan Distillers Fest – Saturday, September 6th

Tennessee Whiskey, gin, rum, rye, vodka and, of course, moonshine distilleries have been popping up like wildfire across Tennessee since the legislature changed state law in 2009 to expand legal liquor production to fourty-one counties from three.  The Tennessee State Fair is proud to bring them all together for the first time! The Artisan on 18th presents the Inaugural Taste of Tennessee Artisan Distillers Festival on Saturday, September 6th! Benefiting the Tennessee Distillers’ Guild, 20+ distillers converge for this first ever celebration of all Tennessee Spirits.

The cost of admission will include admission to the Fair, a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited samples during the tasting hours.  A cash bar will also be available. Admission for designated drivers will be available and will include complimentary N/A drinks. The festival will only be open to people aged 21 and over.  A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Tennessee Distillers’ Guild.

SIP tickets will allow a limited number of guests access an hour earlier than the general public, as well as reserve tastings and the chance for more intimate conversations with the Distillers.  $20 of each SIP ticket goes to support the Tennessee Distillers’ Guild.

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Homebrew Competition

The Tennessee State Fair is now accepting entries to its Inaugural Homebrew Competition! Tennessee homebrewers have the chance to compete in this first statewide competition for the chance to win Tennessee’s Best of Show. Prizes will be awarded to each of 28 categories in this BJCP sanctioned contest. Online entries must be received by Friday, July 18th to be eligible for judging.

Judges and stewards needed for August 16th judging.

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Family Friendly Fest

Saturday brings shopping, facial hair, snacking, sipping and food wars to Taste of Tennessee! Our very first Tenne-Flea Market will feature the goods and artisan crafts of over 25 Tennessee vendors, displaying their uniquely southern designs and products. A Gentleman’s Beard & Mustache competition will highlight the art of the ‘stache & more in a battle for the best beard in Tennessee. The Tennessee Better Beer Garden and local food trucks will be on hand to satiate your palate while you watch the contestants of the World Food Championship Super Regional in a battle of their own for a chance to compete in Las Vegas. It’s a day full of Tennessee fun and is open to all Fair goers from 10 until 3.30!

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World Food Championship Super Regional

As the growth of competition food explodes across the country, the World Food Championships equally has grown in size and scope. In 2014, the World Food Championships will introduce Super Regional Qualifiers to help funnel the growth of the event into other exciting destinations that are known and respected for their culinary heritage. Super Regional events are multi-category live event cooking competitions that will bring cooks and chefs from across the country looking to win cash prizes and qualification to compete in the World Food Championships.

We are thrilled to host a Super Regional qualifier at the Tennessee State Fair during the Taste of Tennessee Festival! Competition categories are Bacon, Dessert and Seafood and will span over Friday & Saturday, September 5th & 6th. Fair goers are welcome to come down and watch the excitement as it’s filmed for a new FYI network series.

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What are the hours of the festival and when is it?
September 5th & 6th, 2014- Gates open each night at 6p for SIP ticket holders (Super Important Patron) and 7p for General Admission. Events conclude at 11p

What does the festival Cost?
$45 General Admission, which includes entry to the festival, tasting glass, and samples. 300 SIP tickets are available for $65, allowing guests entry one hour earlier than the public, and the chance to sample special offerings while visiting with the makers. Prices are per event.

Will there be Designated Driver tickets?
Yes, they will be $20 and you still must be 21+. You will not receive a tasting glass. However snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  Limited number of DD tickets available for each event.

Who benefits from the Festival?

The Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild and the Tennessee Distillers’ Guild will each benefit from their respective events.  $5 from every General Admission and Designated Driver ticket and $20 from every SIP ticket will be a direct donation to the Guilds.

Will discounted tickets be available?

Yes, but we’ll make you work for them!  Sign up for our newsletter to get all the current promotions.  Follow us, our sponsors and our brewers & distillers on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to get Early Bird pricing codes.

What about parking?
There is a $5 charge per vehicle to park at the fairgrounds.

Do you have to be over the age of 21 to attend?
Yes, with no exceptions.  All IDs will be checked at the gate. Please don’t bother to buy a ticket if you are not 21.

Are children allowed at the event?
Sorry, no children. Call the babysitter in advance!

Are pets allowed at the event?
No. As much as we love our dogs, cats, goats, and fish, please leave them at home.

What happens if it rains?
The show must go on. Rain, snow or shine, no refunds. The event may move to a sheltered area if severe weather threatens the safety of our guests.

Will there be food at the event?
Yes, a variety of food trucks and vendors will be present at each event.

Will there be bathrooms at the event?
Yes, we have lots of real bathrooms.

What do I need to bring to the Festival?
You can bring lawn chairs, sunscreen, cameras and a thirst for all things Tennessee.  Bring cash for vendors & food (ATM at Fair entrances).  Do Not Bring backpacks, outside alcohol or food, or any type of weapons.

Is Smoking Allowed?
For the comfort of our guests and the best tasting environment possible, smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted in the Festival areas.  Guests will be directed to an area behind the stage to smoke.

Am I allowed to leave the Racetrack and Re-enter?
There is no re-entry to the Festival.  You are free to enjoy the rest of the TN State Fair before and/or after the Festival, but you will not be allowed to return once you leave.

Will there be After Parties?
Coming Soon!

How can I submit a Media Request?
Media requests must be submitted BEFORE the festival and an article or blog post must be made to promote the on sale date of the event.  Email requests to the address below.

How can I contact the Festival Organizers?
Please send any and all questions, concerns, vending requests, or sponsorship requests to caryann@tnstatefair.org.

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