Beans and cornbread to be served in Gatlinburg

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GATLINBURG (WATE) – Food lovers will be eating Appalachian cuisine in Gatlinburg on Thursday.

The Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“This is an event the community looks forward to year round,” said Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Vicki Simms. “People keep coming back every year, and this event could not have enjoyed the level of success it has without our presenting sponsor, Bush Brothers & Company. The whole festival has that old-timey Appalachian feel, and Tara Thompson’s music should compliment that very well.”

The festival will consist of a cook-off, food tasting and a showcase of antique engines. Also, there will be a performance by country singer Tara Thompson, the cousin of Loretta Lynn.

East Tennessee restaurants, businesses and caterers will be competing in cook-off. Competitors will serve traditional beans and cornbread, as well as unique recipes.

The free festival will be on the Parkway between traffic lights six and eight. To sample food, attendees can buy a $10 spoon. Children ages 7 and under can sample food for free.

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