Grains & Grits Festival

The Townsend Grains and Grits Festival is a celebration of southern spirits and gourmet grub. We have created a unique opportunity for you to experience our thriving craft spirits and gourmet food community, while discovering some of the region’s legendary distillers and blenders, taking place in the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.

This celebration represents the Tennessee Whiskey Trail launch for the East Tennessee region.

Distillers that will be in attendance: Jeff Arnett with Jack Daniels, Master Distillers with George Dickel, Kenner Shanton with Old Forge Distillery, Greg Eidan with Sugarlands Distillery, Jason Franklin with Thunder Road Distillery, Jeff Pennington with Pennington Distilling Company, Heath Clark with H Clark Distillery, Andy Nelson with Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery, Distillers from Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Corsair Distillery, Tennessee Legend, Chattanooga Whiskey, Short Mountain Distillery, Leiper’s Fork and many more.

Restaurants to Include: Blackberry Farm, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, Miss Lilly’s, Old Mill Pottery CafĂ© and many more.

Breweries to Include: Blackberry Farm Brewery, Bluetick Brewery and many other TN Breweries poured by The Casual Pint-Maryville.

21 and over event… Rain or Shine…NO REFUNDS


  • Location:   Townsend Visitors Center
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