Each restaurant will also be competing for a trophy and bragging rights in several categories including: Best Tent Décor, Judges Choice, Best Commercial Taste, Best Local Taste, Best Dessert and People’s Choice.
The Taste of Rogersville will be Friday evening from 5-8:30 p.m. on Main Street in historic downtown Rogersville.
Downtown Main street will be closed at 1 p.m. Friday between Church Street and Hasson Street so competitors can set up their tents.
Among this year’s participants are: Sweet Tooth Café Catering, Miss Bea’s Perk and Pies, Home Plate Café, Sonic, Tennessee Jack’s, My Father’s Table, Domino’s, Food City Deli, Bojangles and last year’s People’s Choice award winner, Mckinney’s Fine Dining at the Hales Springs Inn.
Judges will pick the winners of the other categories, but patrons will choose the People’s Choice winner by filling out the back of their food ticket packets and turning them in.
Rogersville Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker said the Taste of Rogersville event gives folks an opportunity to sample some of the best food in Northeast Tennessee.
“It’s going be a fun night,” Barker said. “We’ve got a great band, and downtown Rogersville is always a great atmosphere to come hang out and enjoy some great food. I think a few of our restaurants are going to be trying some different things that they’re thinking about putting on the menu. We’re very lucky to have restaurants in our community that really go all out for this event every year, and of course they’re trying to win the trophy. It’s all about bragging rights for them.”
The Beth Snapp Band will be performing on Courthouse Square.
Barker said the band plays blues and was so popular at last year’s Taste of Rogersville that many people asked organizers to bring the group back.
There will also be a Kids Fun Zone with bounce houses, weather permitting.
Although doggy bags are encouraged, organizers ask patrons to leave their dogs and other pets at home.
Taste of Rogersville will take place rain or shine, and patrons are invited to bring lawn chairs and an umbrella if the weather forecast deems it necessary.
A 12-pack of tickets can be purchased in advance until 5 p.m. Thursday for $10 at the following locations: Givens Nelson Realty, Mountain Star Mall, Rogersville Vision Clinic, The Rogersville Review, Luella’s Gift Market and the Chamber of Commerce.
During the event, 10-packs of tickets will be sold for $10.