Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast Set For May 8

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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, Mr. Raybon 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.

Mr. 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! 

“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,” said city spokesperson, Marci Claude. “In addition to good food and great music, there will be a corn hole tournament benefitting the Humane Society. It’s going to be a fun event.”

The Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Blast presented by Bush Brothers & Company will be Thursday, May 8, on the Parkway between traffic lights number 6 and 8. The music begins at 1 p.m. with beans and cornbread being served up at 4 p.m. Visitors can purchase a spoon for $15 and sample all the different recipes while supplies last. For more information call 800 588-1817 or visit the website www.gatlinburg.com.


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