Thousands wash down hot barbecue with cold beer at Racks by the Tracks

Jeff Bobo • May 20, 2017 at 6:03 PM


KINGSPORT — The wine now flows like beer while the beer still flowed like wine during the 10th annual "Racks by the Tracks" festival Saturday on Clinchfield Street and in the Kingsport Farmers Market Pavilion.

Racks by the Tracks was launched 10 years ago as an idea event founder Kanishka Biddanda had to bring together things he liked - barbecue, craft beer and live music.

It eventually evolved into a massive public party to raise money and awareness for some local nonprofit organizations.

In its first year back in 2008 Racks by the Tracks had 450 spectators, and it grew by about 2,000 every year.

Saturday's event was at capacity at 15,000 spectators.

"It's a great combination of events," Biddanda said. "We have a large free event where it's a barbecue taste and people can just pay the vendors and eat whatever they want. If they want they can buy a pass to attend a full day of concerts with Sawyer Brown headlining at 8 p.m. We also have a five hour craft beer tasting (for an additional ticket price) with over 75 craft beers.

Biddanda added, “And, there's a wine tasting featuring 20 styles of wine and sangria sponsored by Barefoot Wines, which is limited to just 500 people."

Other performers Saturday included "Faithfully: Journey Tribute Band" which went on at 6 p.m.; Webb Wilder; Hundred Acres; and Russell Clark.