Overton Square Crawfish Festival. Photo Credit: Andrea Zucker

Memphis Food Festivals

Come for the BBQ and stay for – everything else.  From hot wings to crawfish to beer – if you can consume it, we probably have a Memphis food festival to honor it. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite annual culinary festivals here.
 

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Dubbed “America’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competition,” the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is the ultimate competition for pitmasters from around the world. Individual tents (some three stories tall!) set up in Tom Lee Park for invite-only tastings by day and dance parties by night. While non-competitors can buy tickets for entry into the festival grounds, however you'll need to arrive with a personal invitation to a team tent in hand, or you’ll be limited to food trucks, concessions, and beer carts throughout the park. Keep an eye out for new events that will give visitors and inside look (and taste) of the competition. Find out more about the upcoming contest.

Cooper-Young Beerfest

Grab your official mug at the gate and fill it up as many times as you’d like during this afternoon festival. Over thirty breweries (all within driving distance of Memphis) set up shop at this annual celebration of regional brews. No kids, no pets, and no – rain doesn’t stop us from partying in one of the most eclectic entertainment districts in Memphis. Learn more.

Harbor Town Crawfish Festival

Memphis loves crawfish. Every year, festival goers cross the Mighty Mississippi to Harbor Town for delicious crawfish, live music and street vendors. The event costs just $5 (plus the cost of all the crawfish you can handle), but admission is waived if you donate two canned goods. Learn more.

 

Beers on tap at Hammer & Ale, Memphis, TN

MEMPHIS CARRIBEAN JERK FESTIVAL 

Benefiting the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, not only will you get to try a variety of Jerk and Caribbean foods but there will be live entertainment featuring top local Caribbean musicians, jerk cooking competition, both a Dominos and Chess tournament and an exotic car show. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and kids 12 and under are free. Learn more.

Healthy Memphis Food Festival

If you’re looking for a Southern take on wholesome food options, the Healthy Memphis Food Festival is for you. Take a walk down the Broad Avenue Arts District and discover a mini-marketplace of wellness, healthy food vendors, musical entertainment and more. Admission is free and great food is guaranteed. Attend the next festival.

Overton Square Crawfish Festival

Did we say Memphis loves crawfish? The Overton Square Crawfish Festival dominates Midtown streets with over 4,000 pounds of crawfish. Admission is free but there is always plenty of great Cajun food for sale. Just remember to leave your coolers in the car and your pets at home. You’ll find everything you need to have a great time on Madison Avenue. Plan your visit.

Memphis Brewfest

What’s a baseball stadium without beer? Join us as we turn Autozone Park, the South’s finest Minor League Baseball stadium, into a tasting room for the very best beers from all over the world. Admission includes beer samples throughout the Park and food is for sale. Beer connoisseur can purchase a limited number of VIP passes that include express entry, access to a private club and hors d’oeuvres. If by the end of the fest you've found you've had a few too many, there’s transportation to get you home safely and several hotels nearby. Learn more about the festival.

Southern Hot Wing Festival

Organizers of the Southern Hot Wing Festival say that they do for the chicken what the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest does for the pig. Every year, thousands of participants demonstrate that they agree. The wing appreciation event celebrates every part of the chicken wing – “the drummy, flap, flat and everything in between” – with over 70 teams, a cornhole competition, live entertainment and more. Attend the next event.

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

Have you lost count yet? That’s THREE crawfish festivals in Memphis. But you don't have to love crawfish to have a good time. This Downtown festival attracts over 35,000 attendees every year in an over-the-top display of all things Cajun. Adult guests can enjoy margaritas, hurricanes and more. Plus, there’s plenty of carnival food, grilled corn and barbecue to round out your experience. Plan your visit.

BreakFest

Do you think breakfast shouldn't just be an a.m. meal, or that bacon should come with everything? Great! There’s a Memphis food festival for that. The annual event takes place in the Memphis Medical District and features a cooking contest, People’s Choice Bloody Mary contest, breakfast-themed food trucks, live music, games and more. Come for the fun.

Memphis Food & Wine Festival

Celebrate extraordinary local, renowned regional and national chefs in a show-stopping display of food paired with wine selections from certified sommeliers and wine enthusiasts from around the country. The outdoor culinary festival features locally-sourced live entertainment for a soulful good time. Learn more.
 
Here’s a little more food for thought: These cultural festivals feature themed food as a part of their annual celebration, too!