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Your Guide to Anakeesta’s New United Tastes of America Festival

Anakeesta has a brand new festival to help you celebrate summer and the spirit of America! Anakeesta’s United Tastes of America lets you explore different regions of the country with food, drinks, and live entertainment. To help you prepare for your visit, we’ve put together this guide of everything you need to know about the United Tastes of America festival at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg. 

What to Expect

Anakeesta’s United Tastes of America is a brand new food and drink festival in Gatlinburg taking place this summer. This seasonal festival lasts through the summer and gives guests a chance to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of different regions of the United States. You’ll see famous Americana landmarks throughout the mountaintop adventure park as you “travel” across the country, listening to live music and visiting various culinary locations that are serving the distinct flavors of 12 different states. These stops can be found throughout Firefly Village, Black Bear Village, Vista Gardens, and Stone Village.

Food and Drink Options

overlook beer garden at AnakeestaAs you make your way through Anakeesta during the United Tastes of America festival, your taste buds will enjoy a culinary “road trip” around the country! You have the chance to experience flavors from 12 different states across the U.S., from the coast of Maine to the islands of Hawaii. You can find signature dishes, sweet desserts, and crafted drinks that encompass the flavors of these states. Some of the tasty offerings to try from each state include:

  • Maine’s Morning Catch Lobster Roll
  • Kentucky’s Bluegrass Bourbon Bread Pudding and Winner’s Circle Bourbon Flight
  • Louisiana’s The Bayou’s Meanest Gumbo and New Orleans’ Signature Hurricane Cocktail
  • Hawaii’s Big Island Dole Whip
  • Illinois’s Classic Chicago Dog
  • Washington’s Hand-Picked Apple Fritter
  • Georgia’s Sweet Georgia Peach Ice Cream
  • The Carolinas’ Mama’s Biscuits & Gravy and The Carolina’s Cheer Maker Cocktail
  • California’s Napa Vineyards Frosé
  • New Mexico’s Santa Fe Churro Bits and Four Corners Margarita
  • Colorado’s Specialty Craft Beer
  • Texas’s Everything’s Bigger Chicken Fried Steak and Lone-Star Paloma Cocktail


Enjoy daily Americana-inspired performances during Anakeesta’s United Tastes of America! Live musical performances from The Tennessee Line, The Pixie Belles, The Anakeesta Gnomes, and The Peak! will have you singing and dancing along to your favorite country, bluegrass, pop, and classic rock hits. Every Thursday through Sunday night during the festival, you can also experience the Born in the U.S.A Block Party. This party celebrates America with festive decor and exciting music and dancing that you won’t want to miss!

Ticket Information

gondolas at AnakeestaAdmission to the United Tastes of America festival is included with an Anakeesta General Admission ticket. To get to the festival, you will need to purchase a General Admission ticket and ride the Chondola or Ridge Rambler to the top of Anakeesta. To add to your experience, you can also purchase a United Tastes of America Tasting Card. This card gives you access to your choice of seven food or drink offerings so you can sample flavors from around the country. This tasting card also comes with a commemorative souvenir lanyard that you get to keep!

More Things to Do During Your Visit to Anakeesta

Anakeesta’s United Tastes of America is an event you won’t want to miss this summer! There are lots of other fun things to do while you’re there, including mountain coasters, ziplines, and much more. Check out these 7 fun things to do at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg you can’t miss to make the most of your visit!