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Advice for How to Eat Your Meal at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

“I can eat with my hands? No forks?” With a huge smile, our picky 3-year-old dove right into her four-course feast! And what a feast it was!

The best insider tip we received was from Dolly Parton’s Stampede’s MC, Jay Teter. He’s been with the show for 25 years and still can’t get enough of the food! His secret: dip EVERYTHING in the soup! Yes, everything! Don’t sleep on this tip. We did it ourselves, and man was it good!

Right as the show starts, the food does too! With the excitement, the lights and the riders hanging off their horses while racing around the arena, you can’t help but feel like this must be the most fun place to eat a meal in the Smokies!

The soup comes first. If you’re not a soup-lover, this one will change you! It’s a creamy vegetable soup that’s loaded with flavor! Served in a bowl with a handle, you can slurp it right out!  This soup is so good that our 3-year-old finished her entire serving. Luckily, our server came back and gave her a little bit extra.

Following the soup, your plate will be loaded up with a whole chicken, pork loin, corn on the cob, baked potato and a yummy biscuit, all of which you can certainly dip into the soup.

After you attempt to finish all of the food (which is quite the task), you will be brought a warm apple turnover to ensure you leave completely satisfied. This is the only item we wouldn’t recommend dipping in the soup—although we were on the fence after eating that magical, creamy vegetable soup.

At the end of the show, our bellies were satisfied and our shy 3-year-old was stomping her feet while clapping her little hands as fast as she could, screaming at the top of her lungs cheering for our team: “We won!” “I want to be a cowgirl when I grow up!”

We weren’t 100% sure if our 3-year-old was old enough to enjoy Dolly Parton’s Stampede, but to our delight, the food and the show were a complete success!

We capped off the night with a pass through the gift shop and couldn’t leave without a toy horse and a cowboy hat to match Brooklyn’s new favorite cowboy, Mr. Jay Teter. We also highly recommend picking up your very own soup mix which can be found in the gift shop as well!

By | 2022-03-29T10:26:10+00:00 March 29th, 2022|Area Entertainment|0 Comments

About the Author:

Born on the East Coast, Buddy (Dollywood Insider 2021-Now) lived his first 25 years of life in Long Island, New York. He went to a small private school growing up where he excelled in sports and eventually went on to play college basketball for Queens College in New York City. At 25, Buddy decided to make a move to the other side of the country, landing in Huntington Beach, California. Initially, Buddy was not sure why he felt led to California, but after a few months it was evidently clear—God wanted him to find his wife Tasha there. Tasha shared the same excitement for travel and food, so the two of them started an Instagram page they named FoodieOC. What started as a fun page to showcase their travel and eats to friends and family quickly turned into a part-time job filled with lots of fun and food. Their food page has taken them all over the country and has been documented through their blog and Instagram page which now has more than 65,000 followers. Buddy is very excited to be part of this Insiders panel and plans to highlight all of the wonderful things Dollywood has to offer, especially their outstanding cuisine. You can follow him, Tasha, their 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn, and newborn Isabella on Instagram to get all the inside tips they share.
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