Fish Fry 2018


Friday July 20, 2018 ticket schedule: Tickets available in the church office through 2:00 pm today at advanced prices (adults $10 / children $6); Tickets available at the door beginning at 4:00 pm at walk up prices (adults $13 / children $6).

44th Annual Bethlehem UMC Fish Fry July 20, 2018

All-You-Can-Eat Catfish, Free Children’s Game Area with Admission Performances by Kandi Peppers and her Band and the Bethlehem Bluegrass Band.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (June 1, 2018)—The biggest backyard party with over 1,800 pounds of fresh catfish is set for Friday, July 20 in the Grassland Community of Franklin as Bethlehem United Methodist Church hosts the 44th BUMC Fish Fry on the church’s shaded grounds at 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road off Hillsboro Road.

One of the longest running events in Williamson County, Bethlehem’s new minister, Dr. Craig Goff, will be joining the church as senior pastor in July just in time for the good old-fashioned social with bluegrass and R&B/jazz music, all-you-can-eat catfish, free children’s game area – all helping support church missions.

“I am excited about attending and I’m grateful for the support of all the friends and neighbors of BUMC. It is a blessing to be part of such a wonderful tradition which brings together the entire community for fellowship and fun while ultimately help those in need,” Goff said. “Each year, proceeds from the event help support the church’s mission abroad and locally including Kathy’s Backpacks which provides new backpacks and supplies for area school needing assistance.”

In addition to the Bethlehem Bluegrass Band, the popular Kandi Peppers and her band will be playing on the main stage and Pied Piper Creamery returns again with their delicious ice cream.

Over 1,800 pounds of pond-raised catfish will be served at the fish fry along with hushpuppies, sliced tomatoes, white beans and delicious cole slaw made from a secret church recipe. The incredible silent auction includes beautiful artwork, sports tickets, home décor, themed gift baskets and more.

The bake sale is always a very popular spot with a variety of items from cupcakes and bread to brownies and cookies. Jan Speer, co-chair of the Bake Sale, said one of last year’s cookie contest finalists is our featured recipe of the year prepared by BUMC baker, Nancy McNulty, and it is an Oatmeal, Cherry, White Chocolate Pecan Cookies. (Recipe is below.) Speer said the church is known for some of the best bakers in Franklin and will have a huge variety of delicious treats.

With live music, all-you-can-eat farm-raised catfish and an incredible free children’s play area, the Bethlehem UMC Fish Fry is Friday, July 20 on the shaded grounds of the church off Old Hillsboro Road in the Grassland Area from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin (37069). Tickets for adults are $10 in advance at the church and $13 the day of the event. Children 10 and under are always $6 and children under three are free! Hot dogs are available for children and a separate carryout serving area is provided.

For more information, contact the church at (615) 794-6721 or check back here.



2018 Bethlehem UMC Fish Fry Featured Bake Sale Recipe

White Chocolate Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

By Nancy McNulty, Franklin, TN


1 cup of flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons of butter

½ cup of sugar

½ cup of packed dark brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 ½ cups white chocolate chips

1 cup dried tart cherries

½ cup of toasted, chopped pecans


Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together. Beat the unsalted butter, sugar and brown sugar in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until creamy. Add in the flour and oats and mix until smooth. Add chips, cherries and pecans into the mixer or mix by hand.

Drop rounds of mix 2 inches apart onto a cookie sheet lined – optionally lined with baking parchment. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes or until light brown.