Countdown to Hot Slaw Fun - April 6, 2024 Noon-8 p.m.








Cleveland, Tennessee, hosts a fun, unique and totally unexpected food and art festival, Hot Slaw and Art Y’all! Hot Slaw is now the first official State Food of Tennessee and Cleveland is now the Hot Slaw Capital of Tennessee! The dish was invented at the Star Vue Theatre in Cleveland and is now a staple in the community, where it is served in more than two dozen local restaurants.

Cleveland Hot Slaw Festival 2023

Hot slaw is a unique side dish or topping not familiar to many menus… UNLESS you are in Cleveland, Tennessee. The mustard, mayo, secret sauce concoction is famous and common around these parts, but that is apparently not the case elsewhere. Organizers plan to celebrate the community’s hot slaw heritage with the National Hot Slaw Festival, dubbed Hot Slaw and Art Y’all! The event is set for April 5, 2025 in Downtown Cleveland, Noon – 8 p.m. and will stretch from Central along Ocoee to Parker along First with the Courthouse in the center.

Check out the links for details on festival activities including live music, artist exhibitors, pop-up street performances, family games, contests, food vendors, and yes, HOT SLAW! 

If your business is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Melissa Woody at, Mary Tom Jenkins at or Sharon Marr at

Thank You, Sponsors!

Food City
TN Arts Commisssion
Renewal by Andersen
American Home Improvements
Direct Auto Insurance
Coldwell Banker
Community Foundation
Bender REalty
Alive 96.9FM
Mix 104.1
All Safe TN
andrew Johnson Bank
Magnify Internet Marketing
Twice The Ice
Winn Smiles Dentistry

Organizing Partners

Cleveland TN Seal
Visit Cleveland And Charleston
Mainstreet Cleveland TN
Art Is Here