Gatlinburg will celebrate its Appalachian culinary past with a new festive, fun-filled event on Thursday, May 8 – the Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast presented by Bush Brothers & Company. The street festival in downtown
Gatlinburg will feature a beans and cornbread cook off, foot-stompin’ Smoky Mountain music, fun and games, and lots of beans and cornbread!
Appalachian food needs good old Appalachian music. Headlining the entertainment is bluegrass and country gospel artist Marty Raybon and Full Circle. Throughout his career, spanning three decades, Marty has produced a remarkable list of accomplishments including: multiple number of singles, top selling albums, CMA, ACM, IBMA and Grammy Awards, along with scores of other accolades. His soulful country bluegrass music will be the perfect accompaniment to beans and cornbread.
Raybon will be joining a great line up of entertainers including: 2013 Country Music Independent Artist of the Year, Brad Puckett, Nashville songwriter and entertainer Marc Alan Burnette, East Tennessee rising stars Emi Sunshine and Logan Murrell and Gatlinburg based BAMM!
Main Stage Entertainment Schedule:
1 - 1:45 pm Logan Murrell
2 - 2:45 pm Marc Alan Burnette
3 - 4:15 pm BAMM!
4:30 - 5:15 pm Brad Puckett
5:30 - 6;15 pm Emi Sunshine
6:30 - 8:00 pm Marty Raybon
“Visitors will find that not all beans are created equal! Participants in the bean cook-off can create anything they want as long as it features Bush Beans and cornbread,” says city spokesperson, Marci Claude. “In addition to good food and great music, there will be a cornhole tournament benefitting the Humane Society. It’s going to be a fun event.”
Cook Off participants will be competing for top honors in the Best Beans, Best Cornbread, Best Other Food Entry, Best Booth Decorations and People’s Choice categories.
$10 per team of two to enter - 100% of proceeds will go to Sevier County Humane Society. Registration will be on site - a booth will be set up in front of The Village beginning at 1 pm on Thursday, May 8th. Registration will be open until 2:30 pm. The tournament will go from 3-5 pm, and then the finals will be at Gatlinburg Inn at 5 pm. The winners will be announced at 7:15 pm.
This event is sponsored by Bush Brothers & Company, the Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Gatlinburg.