Taste 50 2017

6 Events You Should Attend

1 PENSACOLA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 

Photo courtesy of Fiesta of Five Flags

Each year when the summer days dwindle, locals and tourists flock to historic downtown Pensacola, Florida, to send the season out with a bang. Held at the end of September, the annual Pensacola Seafood Festival offers three days of admission-free musical acts, local goods, cooking demonstrations, and, of course, the most delicious seafood the Gulf has to offer. Gearing up for its 40th year, this festival is one you don’t want to miss.

INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL 

You won’t want to miss the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, each May. Stroll down Biscuit Boulevard and sample signature biscuit creations from local restaurants, cheer on your favorite in the Biscuit Baking Contest, and vie for the pageant title of Miss or Mr. Biscuit.

NATIONAL PEANUT FESTIVAL 

Most of the nation’s peanuts are grown within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Alabama, earning it the nickname, “The Peanut Capital of the World.” And each November the people of this south Alabama town celebrate that notion at the National Peanut Festival. From chainsaw sculptures to a parade complete with peanut queens, there’s plenty to see and do at this nine-day festival, honoring the humble peanut.

DELTA SUPPER CLUB 

Photo courtesy of Rory Doyle

Can you imagine sharing a meal prepared by a renowned Southern chef such as Edward Lee, at a restaurant that pops up for one day (and one day only), in an airplane hangar, a cotton gin, or a blues museum in the Mississippi Delta? That’s the idea behind the Delta Supper Club, the brainchild of David Crews, Kimme Hargrove, and Stewart Robinson. Members gather five times a year for extravagant nine-course meals staged at historic venues in the heart of the Delta. But act fast—tickets to each event sell like hotcakes.

BRADLEY COUNTY PINK TOMATO FESTIVAL 

It all started with a tomato more than 60 years ago. Farmers and merchants in Warren, Arkansas, were looking for a way to promote the easy-to-ship tomatoes grown locally, so they decided to organize a festival. More than half a century later, it has become a June tradition with something for everyone—from food, arts and crafts, a carnival, beauty pageants, and a parade to a street dance and an all-tomato luncheon.

RED BEANS ROAD SHOW 

Photos courtesy of Nicole Lang

For Pableaux Johnson, Monday nights in New Orleans always consist of two staples: red beans and rice with cornbread, and good company. He’s taking his tradition on the road with his Red Beans Road Show. This pop-up dinner series pairs Pableaux with a host chef in various cities, and serves up his Louisiana classic combo, a chef’s choice starter and dessert, and plenty of good conversation. By the end of the night, there’s not a stranger left at the table.

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