Festival of Nations kicks off March 16 at Dollywood

Dollywood’s 2019 season is getting started with the park’s annual Festival of Nations event.

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Kick off 2019 with the return of Dollywood’s annual Festival of Nations.

Running from March 16 – April 14, this year’s event will feature new headline shows, the return of Passport to Foods, and cooking demonstrations – including the chance to see world-renowned Chef Pepin create his favorite dishes.

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Guests can start their Festival of Nations adventure by taking in the new headlining shows visiting Dollywood this season. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is a fusion dance and music company that combines Caribbean and Hispanic cultures into every performance. The group has been together for more than 25 years and has performed on five continents. Guests can see this group in DP’s Celebrity Theater.

Drumkstruck is another new headliner for this year, which will make guests a part of the show. Performing at Showstreet Palace Theater, guests will find drums placed in each seat. The audience can use these drums to become a part of the performance, playing along with those onstage. This high-energy show combines South African music and culture with West African rhythms.

With the Passport to Food offering, guests can enjoy an international menu filled with dishes from a number of countries, including cheese curds from Canada, beef bulgogi nachos over wonton chips from South Korea, and grilled beef skewers from Trinidad. A variety of drinks are also available to complement the dishes, and guests can finish off their sampling with a range of international pastries and desserts.

Chef Pepin, a celebrity chef from Cuba, will host several cooking demonstrations during the opening weekend of the festival, while other chefs will share their secrets every following weekend of Festival of Nations. Cooking demonstrations are currently scheduled for each Saturday and Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. in Dollywood’s Market Square area.

Check out the rest of this year’s Festival of Nations show and performance lineup below:

  • Invaders Steel Orchestra – one of the world’s oldest and most respected steel drum bands
  • Atahualpa – this group combines native Incan instruments with contemporary backups
  • De Temps Antan – this Canadian group performs melodies from Quebec’s musical past
  • Les Grands Hurleurs – this trio brings together classical, Manouche, electronica, and folk music to bring audiences to their feet

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations runs from March 16 – April 14. A season passholder preview will be held on March 15.

To learn more about Festival of Nations, or to purchase your tickets, visit Dollywood.com.


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