The National Banana Pudding Festival takes place in Centerville every year, and it’s one of the most prominent exhibitions of the creamy, custardy dessert in the history of the nation. Tennessee is a proud supporter of our ultimate southern comfort food, and you can be too – if you make it out for this party.
The National Banana Pudding Festival & National Cook-Off happens in Centerville on the first weekend of October. It's a festival that's looked forward to by the thousands of patrons that bust through the gates every autumn.
There's music on two different stages, which means that you will be regaled with Tennessee twang throughout your whole weekend of excessive calorie consumption - oh, and fun. Fun too.
There is a banana pudding cook-off every year, as well as lots of games for the kids, puppet shows and arts and crafts. There's an excess of entertainment and fun for all at this state fair-esque celebration.
Not looking to cook? Then you can just taste around! There is plenty to taste on the Puddin' Path, the festival trail of eating, per se. Your money is your vote, so you can help choose the path winner!
You'll find some of the most decadent banana pudding concoctions this side of the Mississippi from the sweetest people you've ever met. There's a whole lot of sugar going on here, folks. And in our book, that's a good thing.
Need some examples? Last year there were tastings of "Puddin’ & Pearls Banana Puddin'," "Cinnamon Roll Banana Puddin’," and "Good S'more-itan Banana Puddin'." There's also the forever delicious, "Classic Southern Banana Puddin'," which no festival would be complete without.
This is not just a festival that caters to your tastebuds - it's one with a heart. A portion of all the proceeds go to local non-profits, so spend away! This is for the good of the community.
You can visit for yourself at 979 Grinders Switch Road, from October 7th to October 8th, 2017. It may seem like it's far off, but hey - you have enough time to perfect your family pudding recipe. You know you want to...