“All things edible, all things Appalachian!” That is the motto of this year’s “Taste of Tennessee” festival, taking place on Saturday, June 18th in downtown Jonesborough from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Taste of Tennessee is a celebration of Appalachian food and foodways, highlighting the history and culture surrounding the region’s cuisine.

The festival will include live musical performances, food, special guest presentations, vendors, and contests. One of the festival’s central features is a cake-baking competition for homecooks, professionals, and children, where local residents are encouraged to show off their skills, as well as their favorite dishes.

In addition to highlighting the work of local chefs, farmers, historians, and food experts, this day-long celebration also serves as a fundraiser for The Heritage Alliance and will benefit local hunger-fighting initiatives.

A complete program for Taste of Tennessee will be released shortly. Confirmed speakers include prominent chefs, “foodies,” farmers, historians, interpreters, to name a few.

Taste of Tennessee promises good times, good company, and good eats. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about our local food heritage on June 18th—and bring your appetite for Appalachia!


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Speaker Series

The Taste of Tennessee will include a speaker series that day with five speakers talking about various aspects of Appalachian cuisine. Some speakers will do live demonstrations. A full schedule will be available soon. Tickets for the Speaker Series are $5.00 and can be purchased using the drop down menu below. You can also bring five, non-perishable food items for the JAMA Food Pantry to the event in lieu of the ticketing fee.


Vendor and Food Truck Information

If you’d like to register to be a vendor or food truck for this event, please complete the registration form and pay the required fee using the drop down menu below. Please note, the fee is $50.00 for vendors and $75.00 for food trucks.


Take the Cake Entry Form

If you’d like to enter your cake for the “Take the Cake” competition, please complete this registration form and pay the required fee using the drop down menu below. We have three categories in this competition, Homecook, Professional, and Kids.



We really heavily on our sponsors for this event. We want to thank the Wild Women of Jonesborough and the Jonesborough Area Merchants and Service Association for their support. Sponsors receive prominent placement on all publicity for the event, including signage, programs, on social media, in print media, and more. If you would like to sign up to be a sponsor, please complete this form and donate the desired amount in the drop down menu below.


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