It’s one of the top tourist draws in the country, with the allure of the Great Smoky Mountains and two of the cities most key to America’s musical heritage. Tennessee is a diverse place, offering the unexpectedly cosmopolitan pleasures of Nashville and rural communities where growing and making food is serious business. Southern foodways are alive and kicking in Tennessee, with plenty of festivals and producers of artisanal Appalachian favorites. Click through our gallery to discover fun facts and Tennessee food history.
Sara Bir is Paste’s contributing food editor and the author of The Pocket Pawpaw Cookbook. She thinks quality country ham makes a fine gift. Follow her on Instagram @Sausagetarian.