Acrylic painting of a bear dressed as a chef dancing with a pig wearing a flower necklace in the Appalachian mountians

Bacon at the Bear

July 31, 2021

Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro

You won’t want to miss this Appalachian Culinary and Cultural Experience showcasing some of the most sought-after regional chefs and featuring widely acclaimed Benton’s Bacon! Bacon at the Bear will be held in Townsend, Tennessee at the idyllic Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro with event programing to include a local artisan marketplace, chef demonstrations, bourbon and wine tasting, and a musical performance by Cat’s Away Band.

Our exciting lineup of chefs includes Jeff Carter, Alex Gass, Christopher Huerta, Kent Graham, Danielle McGinnis & Shannon Johnson.

In addition to the previously mentioned programming, your ticket also includes two complimentary beverages curated or house crafted in Dancing Bear’s full-service bar.

This unique event benefits New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center in their mission to restore hope and healing to child victims of abuse and their supportive family members.  We hope you will join us to mingle and dine amidst the sprawling beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains all in support of an organization that protects and facilitates healing for our community’s most vulnerable children.

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We want to give a big shoutout to all of our sponsors! Thank you for supporting Bacon at the Bear and helping us raise funds so that children who have experienced abuse can find hope and healing at New Hope.

Presenting Sponsors

Whole Hog Sponsor

Baby Back Sponsors

Tenderloin Sponsors

We have sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals that would like to make a significant donation. Please contact Vanessa Painter at to sponsor today!