Annually drawing more than 1,000 food and fun lovers, the 10th Taste of Farragut runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, at 11240 Kingston Pike (in the old Kroger parking lot across from Farragut High School).
Shop Farragut and Town of Farragut will host this event (formerly known as Farragut Food & Wine Fest), which is presented this year by Tennova Healthcare’s Turkey Creek Medical Center.
“This year’s goal for the Festival is to showcase all of Farragut life,” said Stephen Krempasky, executive director of Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance.
“An impressive line-up is committed to bringing the best culinary delights to this annual event,” he added about Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille, Restaurant Linderhof, Newk’s Eatery, The Cutting Edge Classroom, Jet’s Pizza of Farragut, First Watch Café, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, The Juice Bar, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Clean Juice, Don Delphi’s Pancakes & Restaurant, Water Into Wine bistro & lounge, Big Kahuna Wings, Longhorn Steakhouse, Clean Eatz, Buddy’s BBQ, NHC Cavette Hill, Tropical Smoothie Café, The Blue Heron Restaurant, Dunkin’ Donuts and Zaxby’s Turkey Creek.
The popular beer lounge featuring beverages from The Casual Pint of Farragut and Mind Yer P’s and Q’s will return.
Live entertainment will be provided by ROUND 2, recreating sounds of the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. (https://www.facebook.com/Round2Knoxville/) There will be plenty of room to dance.
The exclusive “VIB” Tent, which will serve as home of the “Very Important Bites” experience, is back. “Your $75 ticket gets you access to the separate V.I.B. Tent with seating limited to 100,” Krempasky said. “Already The Shrimp Dock has committed to a fine appetizer. You will be treated to a four-course offering provided by separate chef’s, who will be on hand to explain their dish as it is being served by Festival volunteers.”
General admission tickets are $30 for adults (if purchased in advance) or $35 if purchased at the gate. Admission for children under 12 is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, with children under 5 free. All patrons will leave with a goody bag of offers, discounts and items from area businesses.
Tickets go on-sale Monday, April 1, and are available at all Knoxville Ticket locations, online at https://tinyurl.com/y58xtt46 or by phoning 865-656-4444 or stopping by Knox Graphics, 10965 Kingston Pike; Goin’ Postal, 11519 Kingston Pike; Water Into Wine bistrio & lounge, 607 N. Campbell Station Road, or CH Interiors & Gifts, 12556 Kingston Pike. Tickets will be exchanged on-site for punch cards giving a record of samplings.
Major sponsors are SouthEast Bank, MINI of Knoxville, TDS Telecom, Sitel, TN Bank, Pinnacle of Turkey Creek, Milestone Event Center and EXIT Realty.
“The Festival has many volunteer opportunities,” Krempasky said. “Receive complimentary admission and a Festival T-shirt for a few hours of your valuable time.” Contact Shop Farragut at email@example.com to volunteer, of if you are a business owner looking to participate.