by VICTORIA HENLEY
Dollywood, the creation of the legendary country music icon, Dolly Parton, has firmly cemented its status as one the largest, most well- attended, and most critically acclaimed theme park attractions in North America.
Featuring a staggering array of world class, award-winning theatrical productions (performed within the confines of the parks’ state of the art theaters), dozens of high-octane, thrilling carnival rides and roller coasters, and a plethora of gift shops featuring official, licensed Dolly Parton merchandise as well as locally made artisan goods, housewares, and much, much more, this dynamic, undeniably unique, and one of a kind theme park is sure to offer something to excite and delight everyone in your family.
Dollywood is also known for its stellar line-up of festivals throughout the season, featuring rousing, rampaging music festivals celebrating genres ranging from country, to bluegrass to gospel and Americana music, highlighting some of the most talented and burgeoning musicians, spanning a wide range of mediums.
The park is also known and beloved for producing many other award-winning festivals as well, including the Harvest Festival, which highlights an impressive line up of entertainers, artisans, and foods, as well as, arguably one of Dollywood’s most famous festivals, the Great Pumpkin Luminights, where the park is set aglow with hundreds of pumpkins and festive Halloween decor.
Perhaps the most magical seasonal event of all to grace this beautiful theme park is Dolly’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, a stunning celebration of the holiday season featuring millions of dazzling lights, a stellar line up of world class musical productions, and the wildly popular Smoky Mountain Tasting Pass, where guests are afforded the exclusive opportunity to enjoy chef-inspired creations ranging from satiating and savory main courses, to sweet treats, beverages, and much more.
Backstage Pass at IHeart Radio/CTFashionMag was afforded the exclusive opportunity to experience the holiday tasting pass to scope out the very best of the best items that you absolutely must try on your upcoming visit.
Some of our favorites were:
DOLLYWOOD TASTING PASS:
Turkey Thigh Campfire Skillet: This Christmas campfire skillet is a plentiful pot roast featuring tender turkey, skillet-style white and red potatoes, onions, and peppers.
Sweet Italian Sausage Skillet: The savory taste of a sweet Italian sausage rope combines with red and white skillet-style potatoes, onions and peppers for a perfect holiday dish.
Christmas Shaker Salad: Shake up your holiday meal with a flavorful salad of Arcadian-style greens, almonds, cranberries and feta cheese topped with pomegranate maple vinaigrette.
Gingerbread churro: Sweet churros are made more delectable topped with ginger-cinnamon sugar dredge and a side of peppermint eggnog dipping sauce.
Christmas Tasting Passes afford guests the to sample generous portions of up to five festival foods. The Christmas season closes Jan. 1.
Special thanks to the wonderful Ellen Liston for facilitating our visit for this spotlight feature.
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