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Taste of Rogersville participants put best food forward

May 14th, 2014 12:10 am by Jeff Bobo

Taste of Rogersville participants put best food forward

Organizers estimate that 1,500 people were fed during last year's Taste of Rogersville. Photo courtesy of Sheldon Livesay.

ROGERSVILLE — Taste of Rogersville is an opportunity for restaurants and caterers to show off samplings of their best entrees while competing for one of the coveted "Best of..." awards.

The event, which is sponsored by the Rogersville Main Street Program, is scheduled for Friday 5-8:30 p.m. in historic downtown Rogersville.

Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker said every participant will be putting their best food forward hoping to impress judges and diners alike.

The People's Choice Award will be judged by everyone who attends. Ballots are attached to food tickets.

Participants are also competing for the Judge's Award, Best Decorated Booth award and new this year, the Best Dessert Award.

"We've got everything from ribs to sliders, to pastas, pizzas, fried green tomatoes and some wonderful desserts," Barker said. "Last year we probably fed 1,500 people. Downtown Rogersville was packed, and everybody left satisfied."

Among the establishments confirmed for Friday's Taste of Rogersville are: Amis Mill/Sweet Tooth Catering; Ms. Bea's; McKinney's Fine Dining (Hale Springs Inn); Jubilee Point; Route 66 Steakhouse; Food City Cafe; Sunshine Sandwich Shop; Faith Based Cakes; Home Plate Cafe (Hawkins County Memorial Hospital cafeteria); Cherokee High School's culinary arts department; Kay's Delights and Happy Herbivore; Domino's Pizza; Green Tomato Grill; Java and Creams; and a couple more that haven't confirmed as of Tuesday.

"It's a sample of a lot of different foods from the different restaurants," Barker said. "You don't realize how much variety we have in Rogersville as far as types of restaurants until you see them all together downtown like this. Some of them are trying new things to see if it's something they want to add to their menu."

Barker added, "We'll have live music, wonderful food, and the weather is supposed to be perfect. I just hope everybody shows up hungry."

There will also be hot dogs for children whose pallet's may not be ready for an adventure. While mom and dad are sampling treats, they are welcome to drop their children off at the Kid Zone, which features inflatables to entertain children.

Tickets can be pre-purchased at a discounted rate of 12 tickets for $10 until right before the event at participating Main Street business locations, including Rogersville Vision Clinic, Givens Nelson Realty, Mountain Star Mall, The Rogersville Review, the Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce and the Rogersville Depot.

Tickets purchased at the event are 10 for $12. For more information, call (423) 272-2186.

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