Best of Nashville

Food & Drink

Best New Food Event 

Franklin Food & Spirits Festival

Combining hot grills and heavy meats in blazing summer sun sounds like a recipe for misery (see also: Music City Hot Chicken Festival). But this winner-on-arrival made the noonday suffering worthwhile last May by luring legends of real-deal barbecue (such as Carolina pitmaster Ed Mitchell) to the Franklin town square. With the involvement of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Kansas City Barbeque Society setting a high bar for B-Q, the food rocked, the spirits tent overflowed, and the town's well-coiffed Americana made a picturesque backdrop. Kudos to Cookeville pitmaster and KCBS veteran Tony Stone, whose butter-soft, exquisitely crusted brisket beat any I've had before or since. —JIM RIDLEY

(No prior years awarded this category)

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