The Barbeque and Bluegrass festival is August 19 through September 5 at Dollywood and will feature more than 300 free concerts and plenty of barbeque. The music-filled festival features 14 days of the best in bluegrass. You will find bluegrass at six stages throughout the park, including the WDVX Stage at the Back Porch Theatre. This year’s festival will feature the Front Porch Fellowship Stage, a bluegrass gospel stage on August 26, 27 and 28.
The park will also be filled with the mouth-watering aroma of fresh-from-the-smoker barbecue. The park’s Market Square area will be transformed into Barbecue Headquarters, where the plates are piled high with culinary headliners like ribs by the slab, quartered chicken and pulled pork, all prepared onsite and served outdoors so guests can soak up the sights, sounds and delicious aromas of this fun event.
The popular Backstage Restaurant will get a new menu for the festival featuring all-new barbecue dishes. The festival’s popular deserts return, too, including an astounding three-pound slice of apple pie cut from a whopping 25-pound pie. This year also offers a new twist on a delicious favorite—rich and creamy banana pudding served in a crispy waffle cone.
There will be plenty of old-fashioned family fun including watermelon and Sara Lee cobbler eating contests. Free food samples, demonstrations and grilling techniques vary by day. The Sauce Tastin’ Station offers for purchase the spiciest, tangiest and downright hottest-of-the-hot barbecue sauces, including several “made in Tennessee” products.