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‘Taste of Farragut’ lineup takes shape

Line up, line up to explore the tastes of Farragut.

Stop by the second-annual Taste of Farragut from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, in the old Kroger parking lot off Kingston Pike.

“This is about the personalized tastes of Farragut,” David Purvis, an event planner, said.

“The buzz is pretty big about this,” he added.

Taste of Farragut highlights the many food establishments in Town limits, and will feature wine distributors who pair different wines with the foods.

Participating businesses so far include Seasons Café, Oskie’s Bar and Grill, Cookies by Design, Newk’s Express Café, Captain Ernie’s, The Shrimp Dock, Meksiko Cantina, Border Taco and VG’s Bakery.

Admission ticket prices are $25 for adults (including food and drink), $20 for adults (food only), $10 for children 12 and under, and children 6 and under are free.

“The goal is not to feed everyone a whole meal on a plate — it’s tastings. We’ll have a lot of restaurants there,” Purvis said.

“It was a great success last year,” Seasons Café owner and chef, Deron Little, said.

The planners of Taste of Farragut are seeking additional food vendors from any food retail or restaurant establishment in Farragut. Vendors can apply to Purvis, 865-599-1817 or additional planner Phil Dangle, 865-384-8666. Space is limited; apply quickly.

“We’re trying not to be in competition with one another — we’re working together,” Purvis said at a meeting with restaurant owners.

“It helps,” Ernesto Rodriguez, owner of Captain Ernie’s, said.

“Everything helps right now,” Purvis said.

Any food vendors in Farragut are welcome to participate. There is no cost to participate, but vendors are asked to donate food for the event, and a 10-by-10 foot tent will be provided to each vendor.

Some electricity will be available if a vendor requires it.

Planners will ask vendors for details on what they will be serving about 30 days before the event, to ensure no one offers the exact same items, and to allow the wine distributors to decide the best wine pairings. More than 400 people attended last year’s inaugural Taste of Farragut, and event planners are hoping for double that number this year.

“We could probably get 800 people, maybe more,” Purvis said.

Taste of Farragut will have a rain date from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12.

i105.3 WFIV will have a live remote from the event and farragutpress is the media sponsor. Event sponsors are Town of Farragut and Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce.

The event proceeds will benefit Farragut Business Alliance.


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