Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Festival Grows In Recognition

Monday, December 14, 2015 - by Marci Claude
Tunes and Tales from the stage
Tunes and Tales from the stage

The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Festival Presented by Bush Brothers & Company as one of the ‘STS Top 20 Events’ in the Southeast for May 2016.  The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: EscapeToTheSoutheast.com and Travel Media Press Room.

“Gatlinburg is known for hosting crowd pleasing events,” said Chad Netherland, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing director.  “With the support of Bush Brothers & Company, the Beans ‘n Cornbread Festival brings to life Gatlinburg culinary heritage in an entertaining way that is a draw to visitors of all ages.” 

Slated for Thursday, May 12, Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Festival celebrates our Appalachian culinary past with a festive, fun-filled Beans n’ Cornbread cook off, complete with foot-stompin mountain music, fun and games and of course, lots of Beans and Cornbread.  The street festival is on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg.  Visitors can sample all the different recipes, while supplies last, for a small fee. 

“The Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for the Southeast’s visitors and residents.  Events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in our region,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.  STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information about Gatlinburg events, visit Gatlinburg.com or call (800) 588-1817.



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