Have you ever been to Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass in Sevierville, Tennessee? If you have, you can already attest to the family fun that this festival of sorts is known for. If you haven’t…well, we need to change that!
Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass 2018
Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 10pm
Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass is a family-oriented event celebrating the beauty of spring, amazing barbeque and good ole bluegrass music. Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass takes place during Smoky Mountain Springfest in historic downtown Sevierville, Tennessee. The Barbeque Cook-Off is an official barbeque championship featuring the best equipment, including electric smokers for the state of Tennessee and it is coordinated by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.
The Mountain Soul competition is an event honoring the songwriting of Sevierville’s own Dolly Parton. Contestants from all over the nation may enter and compete by performing one of some 3,000 songs written by the country music icon – in his/her own musical style.
There are two divisions: 13 and up and 12 and under. It is the only vocal competition known in the world honoring Parton’s songwriting talents. Each contestant may offer two songs written by Dolly per entry and all of the songs she has written are eligible.
Make Plans for the Event
Need a place to stay? Bring the kids and make a long weekend full of memories staying at the Sevierville Waterpark Resort – Wilderness at the Smokies! It’s the state’s largest indoor waterpark and also sports two outdoor waterparks as well as an indoor haven of attractions from a ropes course and bowling lanes to an arcade and laser tag PLUS so much more! Dine onsite or at one of Sevierville’s fantastic eateries.
In keeping with the festival theme of barbeque, a good choice for a meal in Sevierville is Tony Gore’s Smoky Mountain BBQ & Grill. A Southern Gospel singer, Tony Gore has always loved cooking, especially when he was on tour with his group Majesty. In 2006, Gore opened his restaurant and combined it with music to create his Smoky Mountain barbeque dream come true. Cooks prepare the food just the way Gore wants it and, let me warn you, the portions are HUGE! Enjoy appetizers like Southern favorites Fried Green Tomatoes and T’s Loaded Tater Chips as well as main entrees such as pork plates, brisket or Baby Back Ribs. Tony Gore’s has a little of everything and it’s a casual dining atmosphere where kids are welcome. Save room for some banana pudding or a delicious piece of cake or homemade pie.
Also, take time for a local whiskey run! Wow, did I really say that? Let me explain. Thunder Road Distillery is a tasting room for locally-crafted spirits. Themed to Robert Mitchum’s moonshine film Thunder Road, you’ll find this venue fun, clean and inviting! You will also find yourself trying to choose which unique flavor to take home with you: Watermelon Falls, Banana Shine, Summer Strawberry and many, many more.
Video and photos courtesy of Visit Sevierville and/or Wilderness at the Smokies unless otherwise noted.