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2019 Vanderbilt University Employee Picnic


  calendar icon  Tuesday, May 14 | 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Magnolia Lawn 

Topping last year’s picnic may seem impossible, but we’re FAIRly certain this will be the best year yet. This year will include fun new events such as a baking contest. Prove you have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe and earn bragging rights over your colleagues. Also new this year, a craft fair. Want to show off a hidden talent? Are you secretly the Picasso of macramé? Enter the craft fair! Not up for a competition? This is just a small preview of the fun you will have, come to the Employee Appreciation Picnic: At the County Fair for more prizes, games, food and fun!

Take a trip to the County Fair! Enjoy baking contests, a craft fair, line dancing, a livestock petting zoo, and more! Come for the food (food trucks and a buffet) but stay for the fun (games and prizes). 

Baking Contest

Want to prove you're the best? Is that legacy chocolate chip cookie recipe your grandmother gave you really the best recipe this side of the Mississippi? Find out at our baking contest! Learn more here.

Craft Fair

Are you a crafter? Do you want to show off some of your work? Learn more about the craft fair here

Food Trucks


Hoss Burgers

Mac Attack

Opry Back Porch

Roscoe's Smoked BBQ

Slims SmoQue BBQ

Aryeh's Kitchen


Fire & Ice

King Tut's

Muay Thai

Rolling Feast

Rustic Kitchen


KFC Hot Chicken

Pressed for time? Famous Dave's will be catering a buffet. Grab a to-go plate! 

Bring your valid Vanderbilt University ID to the ticket booth under the main tent on Magnolia Lawn to enjoy a free food truck meal, games, prizes and lots of fun!

Vanderbilt University uses this event as an opportunity to express thanks to the employees for playing an integral part in Vanderbilt’s purpose and mission. 

Visit the Employee Appreciation event gallery and check out the Employee Appreciation home page for upcoming events.

Download a flyer.