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Farragut tastes, picnics
Hundreds turn out for Farragut festive weekend events

John Randazzo visits food vendors with his daughter, Joy, and wife, Judy, at the third annual Taste of Farragut.
In its third year, Taste of Farragut saw amazing growth, event planner David Purvis, of Farragut Business Alliance, said.

The event featured 23 Farragut restaurants handing out tastes of their signature dishes; 1,044 people attended the event and the FBA brought in receipts of a little more than $19,000.

Taste of Farragut is a fundraiser for the Business Alliance, a non-profit Farragut merchants’ association.

“I think everybody had a real positive experience. I didn’t hear anything negative,” Purvis said.

Alderman Jeff Elliott, attending the event for the first time, agreed.

“This is great. The location is really great,” he said.

Garrett McKinney said, “This is a really good way to get a taste of a place without a full meal.”

Gaye Clingingsmith said the event helps local businesses get word about their restaurants out to people who otherwise might not have heard of them.

“I just found out that Restaurant Linderhof has a brunch. And I never would have known that,” she said.

“And now people will be going to those restaurants, since they’ve tried them,” she added.

Each restaurant donated food for Taste, and local wine and liquor distributors donated drinks, with sponsorship from Farragut’s three local wine and liquor stores.

Participating restaurants included Archer’s BBQ, Border Tacos, Cookies by Design, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Hibachi Factory, Jet’s Pizza, Kroger Marketplace, Meksiko Cantina, Newk’s Express Café, Oskie’s Sports Bar & Grill, Restaurant Linderhof, Scoop’d Ice Cream, Seasons Café, Shrimp Dock, Snappy Tomato, Southernly Sweet, VG’s Bakery, Vietnamese Bistro and Webster’s Deli.

Robin Purvis said in an e-mail to event participants, “Thank you to everyone for your hard work, great food, delicious wines and spirits and fun music. Without all of you, this event would not be the success that it was.

“Hopefully, it will bring added recognition to your restaurants and businesses and lead the way for an even bigger and better event next year,” she added.

Participating beverage distributors were Knoxville Beverage, B&T Distributing, Beverage Control and D&V Distributing.

Other donors included Junk Bee Gone, Lenoir City Utilities Board and Waste Connection.

Music was provided by Pro Audio Mobile DJ’s and sponsored by BB&T.

Sponsors of the event included Campbell Station Wine & Spirits, Dixie Lee Wine & Liquors, Farragut Wine & Spirits, Town of Farragut, Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, farragutpress, i105.3 WFIV and WATE.


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