This is the premier event for downtown Sevierville—and 2019 didn’t disappoint. There were crowds, great food, music, and a few storms. However, it looked bigger and better than last year. I am ‘limited’ when it comes to heat and crowds so I didn’t linger, but I did manage two quick visits and a few photos.
I parked near Sevier County Bank and walked in the back way. In doing so, I passed several trailers that housed the cooking competitors. The signs and slogans were fun to view. Here are a few examples in collages.
This is a local competitor based in Gatlinburg. It is family owned and operated. Must visit this summer!
Another well known local competitor.
My other interest was the chalk art that would be happening on Bruce Street.
I saw competitors carrying covered dishes to a secret location on Bruce Street.
There was tight security for the competition. Would love to be a judge for that!
There were all kinds of gift ideas.
I really appreciated the Bush Beans company for the freebies. There were working hard both days handing out free individual servings of baked beans—perfect for barbecue.
The company even let you take a photo with their mascot, Duke. What a good dog!
Local businesses, like Courthouse Donuts, were open for extended hours during the event.
There were several vendors, but this one has the largest sign and draws the longest lines.
I got a brisket combo to go. It will last all weekend. So good! I will go back to them next year.
That looks like enough sauce.
Tents lined Court Avenue. I thought that all the vendors had good things to offer.
Non-stop entertainment on the Bush stage.
The Sevier County Courthouse had a crowd and non-stop entertainment as well.
A tip for next year: there was nice shade on the sidewalk across from the courthouse on Court Avenue. This would be a nice break or meet-up area out of the sun. If the dining tent were crowded then I spied a few shady steps here on which to sit.
Sorry that I didn’t get any people pictures—I am just not good in heat and crowds! However, these photos will give visitors a glimpse of what to enjoy next year. It is one of the best ways to be out and about in Sevierville.