Once a year, the first weekend of November, something special happens in Townsend, Tennessee. This small town pulls out all the stops, delivering Grains & Grits, a festival of gourmet food and classic, small-batch Smoky Mountain spirits. This year, the 4-hour flavor free-for-all takes place on November 3rd, 2018. Read on to find out more about what you can expect!

Expect a Taste of the Best – And Then Even More

Restaurateurs at Grains & Grits are expected to give a little if they want to get a little, but at this festival “a little” means 1000 samples, minimum. They’ll have larger portions available, too, if sampling your way through the festival doesn’t cut it for you. The food is gourmet; restaurants like the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, the Old Mill Pottery Café, Blackberry Farm, Balter Beerworks, and others are well-represented at the event.

Don’t Be Afraid to Take the Whiskey Trail

The Tennessee Whiskey Trail isn’t a relic of the old Prohibition days, it’s alive and kicking throughout the state. The approximately 30-odd members of the Whiskey Trail are all premium distillers located throughout Tennessee, and many of them will be offering up their wares at Grains & Grits. If you’ve been looking for a mini-tour of the Whiskey Trail you can take in one evening, with no driver necessary until you’re ready to head home, Grains and Grits is your golden opportunity to “hike” that trail.

What’s a Drink if You Can’t Dance?

Whether the entertainment is finger-snapping or eye-popping, there’s always something to keep you on your toes at Grains & Grits. Entertainment from past years has included everything from live music, fire spinners dancing with flaming sticks, and relaxed lawn games to play in between conversation, to appearances from and photographs with the stars of the Discovery show “Moonshiners.” Expect the unexpected and expect to have a good time.

It’s Not Just About Taste, but Tastemakers

The Grains & Grits Festival isn’t just about new tastes, but about new experiences. Part of the fun of attending is talking to distillers and chefs about what they’re offering, what makes them special, and why there’s nowhere else they’d rather be than in Tennessee and at Grains & Grits. They don’t just care about dishing out orders – they want you to enjoy the details of their craft.

It’s all about Southern hospitality, friendliness, and good conversation, which you can experience for yourself at the festival. If you’re coming from farther away, make sure you book your lodging and buy your tickets in advance; accommodations aren’t always available on short notice during special events. For more information, check out Grains and Grits on their website or Facebook page. See you there!