ROGERSVILLE — Historic downtown Rogersville will be rocking on consecutive Friday nights beginning with good meals on May 17, followed by hot wheels on May 24.
This coming Friday, downtown Rogersville will host the third annual Taste of Rogersville food festival. It will be the biggest yet with 15 vendors providing sample-size meats and treats with an emphasis on variety.
On Friday May 24, downtown Rogersville will host the first of its monthly Cruise-Ins with music, food, and an expected 200 classic cars lining Main Street.
But first comes the food.
In its inaugural year, Taste of Rogersville had nine vendors, and last year that number increased to 10.
Among the eateries participating in this year’s Taste of Rogersville are Big Creek Farm Restaurant, Faith Baked Cakes, Sonic, The Brick Oven, Food City Bakery, Java and Cream, Sunshine Sandwich Shop, Miss Bea’s Perks and Pies, Arby’s, McKinney’s Tavern by Troutdale, The Home Plate Cafe, Route 66 Grille, Sweet Tooth, Mood Dogs Hotdogs, and the Dinner Bell.
This year all 15 vendors will be competing for your vote and bragging rights in the People’s Choice contest. There will also be a judge’s panel contest and a contest for best decorated booth.
Prior to Friday, 12 tickets can be purchased for $10 from the Chamber of Commerce and at several businesses including the Mountain Star Mall, Givens-Nelson Realty, Rogersville Vision, the Rogersville Review, and Sharits Realty.
On the day of the event, tickets will be $10 for 10 tickets, and most food items will cost one, two or three tickets each.
Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker noted that although Rogersville is best known for its history, many visitors don’t realize there are some excellent places to eat in and around town.
She said the “Taste” event will showcase what Rogersville has to offer.
“We’ll have, cakes, hot dogs, ribs, collard greens, pizza — you name it,” Barker said.
Aside from the food, there will be live music performed by the Shane Band as well as inflatables for the kids to play on.
Main Street from Church Street to Hasson Street will be blocked off beginning at 1 p.m. for setup, and the actual event will run from 5-8:30 p.m.