TOWNSEND, Tenn. – Grains & Grits, a festival of southern spirits and gourmet grub takes place Nov. 3 at the Townsend Visitors Center.
This year, attendees can expect a new addition. High-profile chefs in the area offer tastings of their renowned fare and tickets for dinner-sized portions will be available.
The festival will continue to have a focus on bringing together whiskey lovers and distillers from across the country to celebrate the culture of whiskey, spirits and distilling in Tennessee. However, the additional emphasis on food will enable the festival to reach a broader audience, highlight the area’s unique culinary offering and ensure guests at the event are satiated.
Chefs from throughout the region will team up with distillers to demonstrate how whiskey can be used as a culinary ingredient, providing tastings for attendees. The tastings are included in the Grains & Grits Festival ticket price, but for attendees who would like a dinner-sized portion of their favorite fare, additional $10 food tickets will be available for purchase at the event and online through pre-sale.
Vendors like J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works will also be present. This high-end salt provider located in the West Virginia harvests all-natural salt by hand trapped below the Appalachian Mountain. The salt is incorporated into many of the chefs’ dishes.
The festival is arranged and hosted by the Tennessee Distillers Guild and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority. The 2017 festival saw more than 700 whiskey and spirits enthusiasts and foodies. Each year the organizations spearheading the event seek to make it even bigger and better.
Tickets for Grains & Grits are $65 online or $75 the day of the event and include live entertainment, whiskey and food tastings. Tickets for dinner-sized meals are $10.
For tickets and more information, visit the www.grainsandgrits.com.
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