gatlinburg beans and cornbread festival

Gatlinburg celebrates it's Appalachian culinary past with the Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Festival! presented by Bush Brothers & Company.

Due to inclement weather, the Beans and Cornbread Festival has been cancelled. For refunds, contact the events office at 865-436-1127.

Gatlinburg will celebrate its Appalachian culinary history during a festive, fun-filled event on Thursday, May 12, 2016 – Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival presented by Bush Brothers & Company. The event will feature a Beans and Cornbread Cook-Off, antique engines and lots of beans and cornbread for the tasting! Beans and Cornbread Festival is happy to announce country music singer Tara Thompson as this year’s entertainment. Tara is a featured act in many of Nashville’s premier honky-tonks and has recently been the opening act in front of thousands for her cousin, the Queen of Country Music, Loretta Lynn. 

 “This is an event the community looks forward to year round,” said Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Vicki Simms. “People keep coming back every year, and this event could not have enjoyed the level of success it has without our presenting sponsor, Bush Brothers & Company. The whole festival has that old-timey Appalachian feel, and Tara Thompson’s music should compliment that very well.”

Of course, visitors will be able to taste plenty of beans and cornbread.  Area restaurants, businesses and caterers will be preparing traditional and original beans and cornbread recipes for tasting while vying for top honors in the cook-off. Bush’s Best will be featured in all the recipes served at the festival.
Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival presented by Bush Brothers & Company is Thursday, May 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Parkway between traffic lights 6 and 8.  While the festival is free, attendees can purchase a spoon for $10 and sample recipes from all booths while supplies last and children ages 7 and under can sample for free. 

More about Tara Thompson:
Tara Thompson has music in her blood.  As kin to the Queen of Country Music, Loretta Lynn, Tara was raised in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains where her passion for Country Music became evident early on. 

Influenced by thelikes of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and George Jones to name a few, Tara moved to Nashville as a teen and quickly became a featured act in Nashville's premier honky tonks, garnering a name for herself while honing her performance skills. Tara has recently enjoyed opening several shows for Loretta Lynn before thousands of fans. 

In addition to Tara's unique and compelling voice, she is a songwriter delivering a quirky tongue-in-cheek spin on her life experiences that fans relate to and love.

With Tara Thompson's talent, personality, beauty, and passion for music, she will undoubtedly carry her family's musical legacy on into the next generation.

Share This:


May 12, 2016


Downtown Gatlinburg

(865) 430-4148

Toll Free: