Summer food festivals: 14 tasty events to check out in Nashville

Todd A. Price
Nashville Tennessean

What are you seeking this summer? Tasty bites? Cold beer? A crisp glass of rosé?

No matter what you are hungry or thirsty for, Nashville has a summer festival that will satisfy you. Check out our picks from May through September.


International Food Festival

Saturdays in May

Each week a different group of 15 to 20 vendors sets up with food from around the globe along with music and performances. Grown-ups can buy cocktails and tequila flights. Free admission.

Plaza Mariachi Music City, 3955 Nolensville Pike11 a.m.–9 p.m.plazamariachi.com

Troy Smiley of Smiley's Farm, a longtime vendor at the Nashville Farmers' Market, holds a flat of ripe strawberries during the annual Strawberry Jubilee.

Strawberry Jubilee

Saturday, May 13

The Nashville Farmers’ Market goes wild for strawberries with vendors selling strawberries dishes and products. The family friendly event features the bluegrass band Greenwood Rye. Free.

Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.10 a.m.– 2 p.m.www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org

The annual Tennessee Flavors festival benefits the Nashville State Community College Foundation.

Tennessee Flavors

Tuesday, May 16

Many of Nashville's top restaurants offer delicious bites at the annual tasting that benefits the Nashville State Community College Foundation. $100.

120 White Bridge Road6–8 p.m.tnflavors.org


Thursday, May 18

Dive into the delicious flavors of East Nashville. The 11th Yum!East shows off area restaurants and breweries. Proceeds benefit the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children. $60 for unlimited food and drinks. Discounted family passes are available.

East Park, 600 Woodland St., 5–9 p.m.www.yumeast.com

Nashville Rosé Festival

Saturday, May 20

Rosé always pairs well with warmer weather, and at this outdoor tasting you can sample bottles from scores of producers. Not a wine drinker? Cocktails and beer will also be served. Food can be purchased from local trucks. Benefits the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition. 21 and over only. $65 in advance and $75 at the gate.

East Park, 700 Woodland St.3–7 p.m.www.nashvillerosefestival.com

Pups and Pints

Saturday, May 20

The dogs drink water and their owners drink suds at the beer festival benefitting the Nashville Humane Association. Admission is free with beer, cocktails and food on sale. Don’t have a dog? You can adopt one at Pups and Pints.

The Yard at OneC1ty, 8 City Blvd.12–4 p.m.www.pupsandpints.com

Whiskey, Wine & Whiskers

Saturday, May 20

Bring along your pooch for a tasting of local wine and spirits along with food and DJs. The event benefits Dismas House, which helps the formerly incarcerated re-enter society. Must be 21 or over. $65; $25 for designated drivers.

Wilburn Street Studio, 307 Wilburn St.12–4 p.m.dismas.org


Drink some beers and visit the wild animals at Brew at the Zoo.

Brew at the Zoo

Friday, June 2

You’ll find lions, and tigers and beers when the grown ups take over the Nashville Zoo. The tasting features samples from more than 60 breweries. Food can be purchased from trucks. Ticket includes free carousel rides and entry to DinoTrek After Dark. $85.

Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike7:30–10:30 p.m.www.nashvillezoo.org/brew


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Chicken cooks on a grill at the 2022 Music City Jerk Festival. This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 1.

Music City Jerk Festival

Saturday, July 1

The annual event takes your taste buds on a trip to the islands with Caribbean and Jamaican fare. The free festival has live music and activities for kids.

Walk of Fame Park, 121 Fourth Ave. South1–7:30 p.m.www.facebook.com/nashvillejerkfest/

The Music City Hot Chicken Festival features a fire truck parade and includes music, Yazoo beer, games for kids and all the tongue tingling chicken you can handle.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Tuesday, July 4

The summer heats up with the 17th annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival. The day starts with a fire truck parade and includes music, Yazoo beer, games for kids and all the tongue tingling chicken you can handle. Less spicy food will also be available for those who can’t take the heat. Free admission.

East Park, 700 Woodland St.11 a.m.–3 p.m.www.hot-chicken.com

Festivalgoers flock to the shade to enjoy their meals during the Music City Hot Chicken Festival.

L’Eté du Vin

Thursday, July 27 to Saturday, July 29

Serious sippers gather each year for the annual L’Eté du Vin, which benefits cancer research and treatment. The high-end, three-day event includes a tasting, an auction and paired dinners. This year’s featured winery is Château Léoville Barton and Barton Family Wines. $275–$1,300.

Various locationsnashvillewineauction.com/lete-du-vin/


Vehicles pass by during the Tomato Art Fest Porch Parade in the East Nashville. This year's event is scheduled for Aug. 11-12.

Tomato Art Fest

Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12

The festival “unites fruits and vegetables” with art, music, a parade, contests, kids activities and plenty of food all in celebration of the mighty tomato. The festival is free, although the Pre-View Part and the Bloody Mary Garden Party require tickets.

Five Points5-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundaywww.tomatoartfest.com


A bartender mixes drinks at the Nashville Cocktail Festival.

Nashville Cocktail Festival

Saturday, Sept. 9

Masters of mixology show off their skills at this festival dedicated to drinks shaken and stirred. This year, the festival will be only one day. Ticket prices and a schedule will be announced this summer.

East Park, 700 Woodland St.www.nashvillecocktailfestival.com

Sumner Food+Wine Festival

Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23

The team behind the Nashville Cocktail Festival launched a new event with a farm-to-table dinner on Friday prepared by local chefs and a grand tasting on Saturday. Tickets go on sale in July.

Sanders Ferry Park, 513 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville7 p.m. on Friday; 4–10 p.m. on Saturdaywww.sumnerfoodandwine.com

Did we miss one of your favorite food festivals? Email taprice@gannett.com.