The Mountain Empire: Fast Cars in Bristol
and Cornbread at the Carter Fold
June 25-27, 2009

In June 2009, the SFA explored the foodways of the northeastern reaches of Tennessee and the southwestern reaches of Virginia. Bristol, which straddles the two states and is known as the birthplace of country music, was our headquarters.

We took fast laps around the track at the Bristol Motor Speedway, and feasted on Ridgewood Barbecue in the infield. We had lunch at the Burger Barn, where Hank Williams enjoyed his last meal, and learned about everything from pickled beans to Bristol’s music history at SFA workshops. As for food, there was a trout dinner at the Bristol Train Station and a fresh vegetable lunch at the Flaccavento Farm outside Abingdon, Virginia. An evening at the Carter Fold, complete with old time music, homemade cakes, and soup beans and cornbread wrapped up the weekend.