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UT’s Culinary Institute is partnering with Cowgirl Creamery to host the inaugural Great Smoky Mountain Food Days event October 6–7 at UT’s Visitors Center.

“This event celebrates the food of the Smokies, which has been shaped by the people and climate of our region,” said Ann Fairhurst, department head of retail, hospitality, and tourism management in UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. “It’s a time to celebrate the rich culture and food traditions of the Great Smoky Mountains.”

The two-day event will offer sessions and demonstrations on preservation, fermentation, wild edibles, and Smoky Mountain history. Sheri Castle, award-winning professional food writer, will be the keynote speaker Saturday, October 7.

Other events include a bean and cornbread supper, farmer’s market luncheon, and live music by guitarist Steve Kaufman.

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online.


Tyra Haag (865-974-5460,