If there’s anything that can help make this crazy year a little better it’s football, cooler weather and Harvest Festival at Dollywood. It’s hard not to like fall and all the amazing decorations at the park this time of year.
If you see me at Dollywood, chances are you’re going to find me either eating something delicious or on my way to eat something delicious. This is particularly true when it comes to Harvest Festival. Dollywood is constantly innovating its menu and cooking up a fresh, fall-themed lineup. It’s well worth a trip just for the food. I have scoped out the new offerings and am here to help guide you through the Harvest menu and make sure you don’t miss your favorites.
In reviewing the new fall menu, lots of the items will be concentrated near the entrance around Showstreet and Rivertown Junction. So, get your eating in early on your way to see the thousands of pumpkins they have displayed throughout the park.
If you don’t get cinnamon bread from the Grist Mill, did you even really visit Dollywood? You’re going to have two excellent fall options this year with apple pie cinnamon bread and pumpkin spice cinnamon bread. Get your favorite or try both!
The place where you’re going to get the sweetest Harvest options is going to be Spotlight Bakery. There are many apple and pumpkin options to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here, you’re going to find apple cinnamon bread, pumpkin bread, apple Snickerdoodle Muffins, Pecan Pie Bars, Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin cupcakes, apple cider cupcakes, pumpkin cannoli, and a pumpkin cream puff with praline sauce. Whew, now I’m going to need to walk all that off.
Looking for heartier food options? You’re going to want to visit Aunt Granny’s Restaurant and Front Porch Café for more of a Harvest meal offering.
Aunt Granny’s Restaurant is offering an entree of Apple Glazed Carved Ham along with corn pudding, sweet potato casserole, BUSH’S® three-bean homemade chili, creamy vegetable soup, green beans and cinnamon apples. For dessert, your options are apple, blackberry or pear cobbler, and they also have pumpkin and sweet potato pie.
Front Porch Cafe has a center-cut pork chop topped with a jalapeño bacon jam and root vegetables. For dessert, you will find a wonderful apple cinnamon parfait.
There are also two Harvest Festival booths in Market Square that will be serving up some special fall foods. The first booth you’ll see will have a fried green tomato BLT with fire-roasted Corn Salad and the second booth will have Smoked Brisket with BUSH’S® three bean baked beans and spicy cabbage.
My kid is always craving the Dippin’ Dots and if you have kids or just are a kid at heart, you’re going to need to know where you can get the Spookies & Cream Dots. There are multiple locations where you can find this, so there is always one nearby and you won’t have to backtrack to get more.
I am getting hungry just talking about all this. What sounds good to you? What is your favorite Harvest Festival menu item? Me? I will be headed straight for Spotlight Bakery and then a s’mores dessert pizza at either Victoria’s Pizza or Lumber Jack’s Pizza. I look forward to seeing all your amazing food pictures!