If you are planning to be in the Townsend, TN area the first week of November, you can’t afford to miss the 3rd Annual Grains and Grits Festival. The is an annual celebration of Southern-style spirits and gourmet foods. It’s going to be a day that celebrates grub and spirits in true Tennessee style, and it brings together distillers, whiskey lovers, foodies, and families from around the country in celebration of our Tennessee traditions of crafting and distilling the finest whiskeys and spirits in the world.

On the Peaceful Side of the Smokies

For those coming in from out of the neighborhood, Townsend sits on the “Peaceful Side of Smokies” and is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This event is a chance for you to enjoy some of the finest craft spirits in the world along with an incredible selection of gourmet foods. Along with sampling their wares, you get to meet some of the men and women behind the spirits, the master distillers and blenders.

The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival has something for everyone, from the curious consumer to the spirit experts, and of course, the foodie in everyone. Among the many “celebrities” attending the event are Master Distiller for Jack Daniels, Jeff Arnett; George Dickel Distillery’s Head Distiller, Nicole Austin; and Old Dominick Head Distiller Alex Castle (among others who are here to say hi and talk spirits).

Let’s Talk Food

No special event like the Townsend Grains & Grits Festival would be complete without a few tasty treats. This event is not just about whiskey; it’s about feeding your taste buds with tempting dishes. The south is home to its own unique style of cuisine, most commonly referred to as “Southern-Style” or even just good old-fashioned “down home” cooking. But the chefs who will be preparing dishes for you during this event all have their style that is sure to delight.

This year, we have many great chefs coming in from all over the south, including Chef Geoff Kenny, Chef Michael “Sully” Sullivan, Chef David Rule from the Walnut Kitchen, and Chef Shelly Cooper from the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, among others. Each will prepare a selection of dishes intended to complement the event and the fine spirits being offered.

Not Just Spirits and Grub

The Townsend Grains & Grub Festival is more than just fine spirits and foods; it’s about craftsmanship. Along the many distillers who will be representing their brands here, the festival includes handcrafted beers from Sevier County Home Brewers and Blount County Home Brewers. And for those who prefer wine, Cades Cove Cellars Winery will also be here with a selection of their fantastic wines.

To add even more fun to the festival, we will have live entertainment throughout the two-day event. The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival is a 21+ event, and valid I.D. is required. Rain or shine, the festival will take place. It’s going to be one spectacular weekend in Townsend, make sure you get your tickets now and mark the dates on your calendar.