A Festival of Southern Spirits and Gourmet Grub.

The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival is a festival 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. 

The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival provides an intimate sampling event, offering something for consumers, foodies, bartenders and spirit professionals alike.

There will be plenty to offer, from live entertainment guaranteed to get you moving, savory bites and sweet treats from local restaurants and food purveyors and a vast selection of sample craft spirits from regional legends along the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. 

Join us for an historical celebration of southern spirits on November 4, 2017, as we launch the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. This celebration represents the Tennessee Whiskey Trail launch for the East Tennessee region. 

Participating distilleries are: 

Jeff Arnett with Jack Daniel Distillery • Keenar Shanton with Old Forge Distillery • Greg Eidam with Sugarlands Distilling Co. • George Dickel Distillery • Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery • Heath Clark with H. Clark Distillery • Andy and Charlie Nelson with Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery • Jug Creek Distillery • Leiper’s Fork Distillery • Nashville Craft Distillery • Old Glory Distilling Co. • Billy Kaufman with Short Mountain Distillery • Jeff Pennington with Pennington Distilling Co • Pritchard’s Distillery • Southern Pride Distillery • TennSouth Distillery • Bootleggers Distillery • Chattanooga Whiskey Co. • Cocke County Moonshine Distillery • Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery • Knox Whiskey Works • Post Modern Distilling • Tennessee Legend Distillery and Thunder Road Distillery


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