Visit Dollywood This Spring and See the World
By Jon Hoffman © 2013, All Rights Reserved

Exotic cuisine, a taste of different cultures, and the promise of great memories lead many to travel the world in search of adventure each year. But if your budget (or vacation schedule) doesn't allow for the jet-setting lifestyle you dream about, you can still enjoy the excitement of world travel while venturing no further than eastern Tennessee.

In the spring of 2013, Pigeon Forge's favorite family vacation spot will be hosting an entire month of food, art, and entertainment from more than two dozen countries. Dollywood's Festival of Nations kicks off March 22, and offers you a chance to see the world without leaving home. Your family will love learning about the diversity of cultures around the world through the fabulous artwork on display as well as the traditional dance and ethnic celebrations.

An International Street Party

Each day throughout the month, performers from all over the world converge on Showstreet dressed in their native costumes and wowing the guests with dance and song. You'll enjoy dancers from Argentina, music from Ireland, stilt dancers from Germany, and a host of others in this colorful, energetic parade of performances.

To top off your day, grab a seat for one of several shows highlighting a variety of cultures. Cirque Shanghai is a treat for the entire family, as a cast of talented acrobats take the stage for this delightful show. Brilliantly colored costumes bring to mind the pageantry of the Far East, while the fast-paced tumbling and aerial escapades will have you cheering for more.

Mystic India offers a glimpse inside the rich cultural history of a truly exotic nation. Traditional costumes combine with spectacular choreography to delight every audience member. You'll leave the show with the music still playing in your head and a bounce in your step.

Sample Food from Around the World

All that excitement sure can build up an appetite, and the Festival of Nations offers plenty of options for exotic cuisine. During the monthlong event, you'll find traditional foods from all over the world just waiting to tempt your taste buds.

The World Passport to Food, Dollywood's expanded international menu, features such favorites as beef empanadas from Mexico and shepherd's pie from Ireland. For those willing to try something a little more exotic, the Philippines offer fried rice and shredded chicken, or dig into a genuine rib-eye steak, served Argentine style with chimichurri sauce. And if the kids are looking for something a little more familiar, fried pork chops or chicken tamales are a good bet.

There's plenty more excitement at Dollywood as well. You'll soar like a bird of prey above the treetops on Wild Eagle, or take a kid-friendly excursion aboard the Dollywood Express, a 110-ton coal-powered passenger train. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest will find something fun at Dollywood this spring.

The Festival of Nations will certainly satisfy the world traveler in you. With music, dancing, art, and food representing 25 different countries, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for. And, best of all, you don't have to leave home.  

Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Wears Valley cabins. Visit us today at to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.