ROGERSVILLE — Nearly a dozen Rogersville restaurants will be offering samples of their best culinary creations at Friday’s second annual “Taste of Rogersville” festival.
The event takes place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in historic downtown Rogersville and will also include a “Kids Zone” with games and attractions for children, as well as live rock and country music from the Tone-Rods.
But the main attraction will be the food booths manned by a variety of different type eating establishments ranging from burger joints to fine dining.
Event co-organizer Melissa Nelson said food tickets will be sold $10 for 10, and samples at each booth will range in cost from one to three tickets.
Although there were only seven booths in last year’s inaugural Taste of Rogersville, the event was well-attended and a big success.
Anticipation for this year’s event was so great, all pre-sell tickets have been sold out. But tickets will be available for sale during the event.
Participants this year are the Home Plate Café, Big Creek Farms, Mountain Star Mall, Miss Bea’s Perks & Pies, Burger Bar, Cherokee High School Culinary Arts, Sweet Tooth Café, Food City, Papa John’s, Faith Baked Cakes, and McKinney’s by Troutdale from the Hale Springs Inn.
The only participants to pre-announce their menus are McKinney’s and Faith Baked Cakes.
McKinney’s will be offering two dishes — lump crab hush puppies, and hickory-smoked pork butt with slow-cooked local collard greens and homemade cornbread.
Faith Baked Cakes will be featuring their most popular line of cupcakes and cake-pops along with other sweet treats.
There are also three contests for the restaurants including People’s Choice, in which the customers vote for their favorite restaurant. Last year’s winner has since gone out of business, so the people will crown a new champion Friday evening.
There will also be secret judges hidden among the crowd determining a separate judged championship for individual item. Burger Bar is back to defend its victory last year with its “pizza omelet” in the judged category.
The third award will be given for the best decorated booth, which went to Home Plate Café last year.
Nelson said the restaurants go all out to give diners a good value for their money.
“Last year it wasn’t even ‘taste’ portions. It was almost full meal portions. So for a $10 book you could try three, four or five different things and really get a lot to eat,” Nelson said. “The organizers wanted to create a fun event for downtown Rogersville, but we also wanted to showcase the variety and quality of restaurants we have here in town. The restaurants are out for bragging rights, and what we’re going to see is the very best of what they have to offer.”