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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 —

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

Paris
4/19/2014 - 4/27/2014
Over 5 tons of catfish served. The history of the "Fish Fry" started with the farmers and their mules.

National Cornbread Festival

South Pittsburg
4/26/2014 - 4/27/2014
This festival honors cornbread with the National Cornbread Cook-Off. Sample cornbreads and main dish recipes.

Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival

Portland
5/2/2014 - 5/10/2014
The annual event includes a parade, carnival, golf scramble, concerts, pageant and more.

Annual Evening for Dove House

Mooresville
5/3/2014
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
5/3/2014
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

Humboldt
5/4/2014 - 5/10/2014
Recipe contest, Barbeque Cookoff, Horse Show, Music, Tractor Show, Parade, Entertainment, much more.

International Biscuit Festival

Knoxville
5/15/2014 - 5/17/2014
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

Memphis
5/15/2014 - 5/17/2014
The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the Granddaddy of Grilling...where on this given Saturday, it's anybody's game.

National MooFest Dairy Festival

Athens
6/7/2014
Dairy recipe, mooing and other contests, entertainment and a street dance.

Taste of Music City

Nashville
6/21/2014
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

Maryville
6/27/2014 - 6/28/2014
Live music and food vendors.  All Proceeds from this event benefit Helen Ross McNabb Center, serving families of Knoxville and East Tennessee.

Backyard BBQ Bash

Cleveland
7/25/2014 - 7/27/2014
Both the TN State Championship event, sanctioned by the KC BBQ Society, and the Amateur Backyard BBQ Bash, open to non-professional teams only.

Grainger County Tomato Festival

Rutledge
7/26/2014 - 7/27/2014
Tomato and produce sales, three stages of entertainment, tractor show, living history area, art, children's activities and Tomato Wars.

World Music and Food Festival

Nashville
8/22/2014 - 8/24/2014
A multicultural festival that explores food and music from across the globe. Live music and dance entertainment from across the globe.

Music City Festival & BBQ Championship

Nashville
8/22/2014 - 8/23/2014
Over 100 BBQ cook teams competing in a TN State Champion event sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network and the KC BBQ Society.

Wine Over Water

Chattanooga
9/27/2014
Tennessee's premier wine tasting festival, with all proceeds benefiting Cornerstones for Historic Preservation in Chattanooga.

Cumberland Homesteads Apple Festival

Crossville
9/27/2014 - 9/28/2014
Everything Apple with fried apple pies, cold cider, apples by the bag or by the bushel, and a variety of baked goods and treats featuring apples.

National Banana Pudding Festival

Centerville
10/4/2014 - 10/5/2014
National Banana Pudding Cook-Off & Auction. Lots of really good Southern comfort food Come taste the sweetness!

Crossville Oktoberfest

Crossville
10/10/2014 - 10/11/2014
Great German food & beverages & great German polka bands. Rated one of the most authentic Oktoberfests in the area.

Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival

Nashville
10/18/2014 - 10/19/2014
Molasses cooking & tasting at the sorghum mill, bluegrass music, dancers, crafts, sheep herding, grist mill, log cabins, and great food.
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