2018 festival

Festival attendees crowd around the Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass stage in 2018.

SEVIERVILLE — The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the 2021 Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, which was initially scheduled for May 14-15.

It’s the second year in a row the festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After much work and planning, we have come to the conclusion that because of the limitations caused by COVID-19 we simply won’t be able to produce an event at the level our guests, sponsors, and stakeholders have come to expect,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce CEO Brenda McCroskey.

“For that reason, we will not be moving forward with this year’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass event.”

Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass has become a favorite event in the community, welcoming BBQ cook teams and judges from around the United States as well as major bluegrass entertainers and festival attendees from all over the world.

Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass started in 2005, celebrating its 15th year in 2019, the last year the city was able to hold the festival.

Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass was initially conceptualized in 2003 by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce marketing committee.

The first festival took about a year and a half to plan and produce.

“Our goal was to create a signature event for Sevierville and — thanks to the support of the city, county, community, and all the cook teams, judges, and vendors who joined us in 2005 — Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass has become one of Sevierville’s favorite events,” said Amanda Marr, director of marketing and communications for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.

The festival’s first headliner was Marty Raybon, lead singer of Shenandoah, performing as a solo headline act. This year the full Shenandoah was scheduled to perform at the festival.