With Dollywood’s reputation for mouth-watering food, a new relationship with BUSH’S® Beans gives the park’s award-winning foods team a great new partner to help create even more tantalizing tastes for guests.
BUSH’S®, based in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee, now serves as presenting sponsor of Dollywood’s annual Barbeque & Bluegrass festival. The event, which runs May 25-June 10 this season, features the biggest names in bluegrass music, alongside expertly-prepared barbeque.
Thanks to the new partnership with BUSH’S®, Dollywood chefs also have created several unique side dishes to accompany the slow-smoked barbeque. Two of these are BUSH’S Hickory Pit Beans, a Dollywood-exclusive recipe featuring several varieties of beans, brown sugar and secret seasonings, and BUSH’S Cowboy Beans, another Dollywood-only item which consists of multiple varieties of beans, topped with BBQ pork, smoked sausage, and sautéed green and red peppers, and onions.
“We’re proud to partner with such an iconic brand,” said Dollywood Vice-President Phil Bernard, “BUSH’S® was established more than 100 years ago, and to work with a company with strong traditions—much like ours—is something we jumped at the opportunity to do. The fact that BUSH’S® manufacturing facility literally is just down the road makes this partnership even more special. Now, we’re just hoping Duke will share a few of those secret family recipes with our chefs!”
Bush Brothers & Company was founded in 1908 by A.J. Bush in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee. Originally created to can locally-grown tomatoes, the company has adapted their products to changing consumer tastes and wants over the years. BUSH’s® became nationally known when they introduced their Secret Family Recipe for BUSH’S® Baked Beans with the help of a certain talking dog.
“BUSH’S® is proud to partner with Dollywood on the Barbeque & Bluegrass festival. Like BUSH’S®, Dollywood is an East Tennessee company that started from humble roots and has grown into a household name,” said Drew Everett, Chairman of Bush Brothers & Company. “And there is nothing that goes better with bluegrass music and barbeque than BUSH’S® Beans!”
After their trip to the park, Dollywood guests should consider visiting the BUSH’S® Visitor Center in Chestnut Hill, housed in the original A.J. Bush & Company General Store. In addition to a museum and gift shop, the BUSH’S® Family Café features a number of bean-inspired dishes.
The opening weekend of Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’S® kicks off with The Gibson Brothers (May 25) and the “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (May 26-27). Dailey & Vincent (May 29-30), Molly Tuttle (May 31) and The Seldom Scene (June 5) are among the headliners during the festival. Seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Vocal Group of the Year Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (June 7) also makes an appearance during the event.
For more information, show times and menu information for Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’S®, please call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD, visit www.dollywood.com or download the new Dollywood App.