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TennesseeCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Tennessee is a hot spot for great eating adventures with cuisine to speak to all of your senses. With great restaurants, fantastic food festivals, products made in Tennessee, or homegrown goodies fresh off the farm, you are sure to find a special place in your vacation for some Tennessee tastes. Sink your teeth into some down-home cooking with Tennessee classics like juicy barbecue, famous country hams, and flaky biscuits. Or treat yourself to our upscale or trendy urban eateries with international cuisine and creative twists on traditional southern cooking. Get your culinary groove on with the best in comfort food, from local favorites to satisfying soul food. Whether you are looking for the best breakfast to start your day, great diner food, or a relaxing, casual family dinner, a taste of Tennessee can help you make your vacation unforgettable.

— Tennessee Cooking Schools —

Glass Bazaar
Knoxville 865-584-9072
Since 1970, we have been supplying distinctive gifts for the table and the gourmet kitchen from our store in Knoxville, Tennessee. We also offer a variety of cooking classes, which include recipes, instruction and samples of each meal prepared.
Julie’s Cooking Service
Murfreesboro 615-631-2252
Each class will focus on a specific topic such as chicken, beef, pork, sauces, appetizers, desserts, etc. We will cover different methods of preparing ahead, shopping tips, stocking your freezer, and recipes that are easy and wholesome. My hope is that you will leave with a renewed joy of cooking.
Mantia’s Cooking Classes
Memphis 901-762-8560
When it comes to fine food, whether you like to eat it, cook it, or just talk about it, Mantia's is the place for you! While we will only schedule a few classes through August, it is our plan to fill up our cooking class schedule for the fall.
River Oaks Restaurant
Memphis 901-683-9305
River Oaks is modern French-American bistro where the traditions of French cuisine meet the flavors of the American market. You can watch the chef in action while he prepares your meal in the kitchen with our white tablecloth covered “Chef's Table.”

Taste What's Happening!

World's Biggest Fish Fry

4/18/2015 - 4/26/2015
Over 5 tons of catfish served. The history of the "Fish Fry" started with the farmers and their mules.

National Cornbread Festival

South Pittsburg
4/24/2015 - 4/25/2015
This festival honors cornbread with the National Cornbread Cook-Off. Sample cornbreads and main dish recipes.

Tennessee Strawberry Festival

5/2/2015 - 5/9/2015
The annual event includes a parade, carnival, golf scramble, concerts, pageant and more.

Annual Evening for Dove House

Features local restaurants who provide amazing culinary delights. Live music and live auction to benefit Children's Advocacy Center.

A Toast To Tennessee Wine Festival

Nashville Shores
With award winning Tennessee wineries offering samplings of their finest wines, this continues to be one of the area’s most anticipated events!

West Tennessee Strawberry Festival

5/3/2015 - 5/9/2015
Recipe contest, Barbeque Cookoff, Horse Show, Music, Tractor Show, Parade, Entertainment, much more.

Annual Cosby Ramp Festival

The festival celebrates the ramp, a vegetable of the lily family that looks like a little green onion, but, tastes like powerful garlic.

Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

5/8/2015 - 5/9/2015
The annual event includes a parade, carnival, golf scramble, concerts, pageant and more.

Gatlinburg Beans And Cornbread Festival

A beans and cornbread cook off, foot-stompin’ Smoky Mountain music, fun and games, and lots of beans and cornbread!

International Biscuit Festival

5/14/2015 - 5/16/2015
The festival celebrates the heritage of home cooking through the most perfect of foods--the biscuit. Enjoy food, fun, music and more.

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

5/14/2015 - 5/16/2015
The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the Granddaddy of Grilling...where on this given Saturday, it's anybody's game.


We have Cajun favorites such as: boiled crawfish... fried alligator... jambalaya... and boudin.

Annual RC and Moon Pie Festival

Bell Buckle
There is plenty of country and bluegrass music, clogging dancers, Moon Pie games, crafts, and the ever popular "Synchronized Wading Extravaganza".

Taste of Music City

Samples from some of Nashville’s best restaurants and an opportunity to taste some of the best beverages that call Music City home!

Big BBQ Bash

6/26/2015 - 6/27/2015
Live music and food vendors.  All Proceeds from this event benefit Helen Ross McNabb Center, serving families of Knoxville and East Tennessee.

Annual Tomato Festival

7/10/2015 - 7/11/2015
Live Music, Tomato Contest, Tomato Tasting, 5-K Run, Pageant and Tomato Farmer of the Year.

Grainger County Tomato Festival

7/24/2015 - 7/26/2015
Tomato and produce sales, three stages of entertainment, tractor show, living history area, art, children's activities and Tomato Wars.

Music City Brewer's Fest

Samples from the best local, regional, national, and import breweries in the world.

Music City Festival & BBQ Championship

8/21/2015 - 8/22/2015
Over 100 BBQ cook teams competing in a TN State Champion event sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network and the KC BBQ Society.

Wine on the River World Tour

Held on the beautiful Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, the perfect place with breathtaking views overlooking downtown Nashville.
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