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Friday is fast approaching, which means it's time to start thinking about where you might dine out this weekend. We like to think Nashville's food scene is pretty iconic: hot chicken, biscuits, meat-and-threes ... we could go on. But how much of a foodie city are we? Well, according to personal finance website WalletHub, Nashville claims the No. 69 spot on the Best Foodie Cities in America for 2018.
So how did WalletHub identity the best and cheapest foodie scenes? It compared 182 U.S. cities—including the 150 most populated in the county, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state—across 29 indicators of foodie-friendliness, from the cost of groceries to affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita.
Nashville scored in the top 50 on “diversity, accessibility and quality” (no. 48). But when it comes to affordability, local foodies are paying more for those Instagrammable orders. Check out the study here or the map below to see how Nashville compares to other places, including fellow Tennessee cities Knoxville (No. 109) and Memphis (No. 140).
But before we talk about what's going on this weekend, we want to know what you think about Nashville's dining scene. Should Nashville be higher on WalletHub's top foodie cities? What do you love about the city's food choices ... and what don't you love? Are there any restaurants you want to see in Music City?
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1. 40th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair
When: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14, 10 a.m.
Where: Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville
This free event hosts more than 200 artists each year on Centennial Park's lawn. Shop around for artwork made from clay, glass, metal, wood and other materials. Visitors can also enjoy hands-on activities in the kids’ tent, try food from local vendors and watch live demonstrations from artisans. Learn more at www.tennesseecraft.org.
2. Songwriters Under the Stars at Cheekwood
When: Friday and Saturday, Oct 12-13, 6:30 p.m
Where: 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville
Cheekwood will host two evenings of song and symphony on Swan Lawn featuring the critically-acclaimed show Music City Hit-Makers. Backed by the Music City Symphony, famous songwriters will perform their chart-topping hits written for today’s biggest stars.
Drinks and food from Edley's Bar-B-Que and King of Pops Nashville will be available for purchase.
3. 30th Annual Southern Festival of Books
When: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14
Where: Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St, Nashville
The Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration for guests to meet their favorite authors and become familiar with talented new writers. The festival, now in its 30th year, attracts 25,000 attendees annually from around the world to experience an abundance of authors and their books, along with food, entertainment and culture.
4. Boo at the Zoo at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
When: Friday-Sunday, 5 p.m.
Where: 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
Grab your favorite Halloween costume for Nashville Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo event. The 11 nights of frightful fun kick off this weekend with hayrides, carnival games, carousel rides, trick-or-treating and more.
When: Oct. 11-14, 2-8 p.m.
Where: 998 5th Ave. N, Nashville
The 39th annual Nashville Oktoberfest has something for everyone, including German foods and brews, live music, a parade through downtown, a 5K race and more.
Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.
She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.