10th Annual Taste of Farragut

The 10th annual Taste of Farragut, presented by Turkey Creek Medical Center by Tennova Healthcare returns to the Old Kroger Parking Lot at 11240 Kingston Pike on Friday, May 3rd from 6:30-9:30pm. Hosted by Shop Farragut and the Town of Farragut, the festival will draw more than 1,200 attendees to sample the “best bites” of Farragut’s area restaurants and food providers. Patrons can pair those bites with wines, beers and ready-to-drink cocktails (ID required) from Farragut’s wine stores and their distributors.
Attendees can enjoy general admission to taste the varied food vendors and beverages or the “VIB” admission offering a sit-down plated course tasting that is paired with wines. All attendees will be given a rate card upon entrance for scoring the tastings and the cards will be tabulated to determine the winning Taste of Farragut. Water into Wine Bistro & Lounge took home the award last year and is back to battle for the “Best of Farragut.”
It’s a showcase of Farragut Life, not just the culinary arts but also a unique gathering
of retail and service providers. There is something for all ages including live music to enjoy while new friends are made, old friends reconnect, and Farragut shares it’s best
with everyone.
General admission tickets are $30 for adults (if purchased in advance) or $35 if purchased at the gate. VIB seats are limited to the first 100 sold and are $75. Admission for children under 12 is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, with children under 5 free.
11240 Kingston Pike | Friday, May 3 | 6:30pm-9:30pm
Buy Tickets: www.KnoxvilleTickets.com or call 865-656-4444

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Spring 2019 Festivals

Townsend Spring Festival & Old Timers Day
May 3-4
Each Spring and Fall Townsend celebrates its rich Appalachia history through music, crafts and foods. This free event includes two days of Bluegrass music, handmade crafts and food. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy all of the Spring Festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.
Parking is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. Parking passes may be purchased at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend), the Maryville Welcome Center (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) or at the parking gate on event days.
www.smokymountains.org/what-to-see/spring

New Midland Plaza Spring Craft Fair
May 10-11
Up-cycled & recycled creative art, photography, candles, soaps, jewelry, paintings, hand-sewn items, sculptures, quilts, glassware, knitted novelties, crocheting, woodworking, & much more are showcased at one of the largest and most enjoyed craft fairs in the region. Enjoy unique and yummy food offerings from multiple food trucks, & local participants like the fire & police departments.
It’s two days of family friendly fun!
www.newmidlandcraftfair.com/

Come Celebrate Our Historical Railroad Heritage
Niota Model Railroad Show
May 4-5
Niota, Tennessee is home to the oldest railroad depot, built in 1854. Originally named Mouse Creek Station, it is the oldest standing depot in the State of Tennessee and one of the oldest in America.
During the Civil War it was used by both the Confederate and Union soldiers as a place of safety and rest. Today, the depot is owned by the City of Niota and used by city departments.
This May 4th – 5th, the depot will host the 2nd annual Niota Model Railroad Show, a free to the public event showcasing train model exhibitors and vendors from around Tennessee and beyond. Last year’s inaugural event featured around 400 businesses from cities including Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Crossville, Knoxville, and Maryville.
The event will be held at the Niota Depot and the Memorial Building- Saturday, May 4th 2019 9am-5pm and Sunday, May 5th 2019 10am-4pm.
tennesseeoverhill.com/niota-depot/

Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival
June 1-2
The 57th Annual Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival will be held in beautiful Lenoir City Park on June 1st and 2nd, and it promises to be better than ever! The quality of the event and superb reputation of the 240 crafters have made this one of the area’s most popular events. Items range from ceramics and glassware to metal work and jewelry,to baskets and much more! A wide array of fast food and home baked delicacies will be available throughout the festival. Your taste buds will delight in old favorites and new flavors. And plenty of cold beverages to satisfy a summer thirst!
lenoircityartsandcrafts.com/

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Smoky Mountain Lights

The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged soft-bodied beetles, commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey.Did you know that Tennessee is one of the only places in the world that is home to a rare type of firefly? They light up together, completely in sync with each other. Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns. Once fireflies reach the age for which they can fly around and light up, they only live for about 21 days. That means the phenomenon that happens in Tennessee is only viewable for about three weeks per year.The largest population of these synchronous fireflies in the Western Hemisphere is right here, close to home at Elkmont Campground. Every year, in late May and early June, the Elkmont fireflies (sometimes also referenced to as Sugarlands Visitor Center fireflies) light up the sky. Located eight miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Elkmont Campground is the largest and busiest campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At an elevation of 2,150 feet, the area enjoys a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers.For the last few years the National Park Service has used a lottery system to allow only 1,800 cars to park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center during the 8-day event (225 per day). The lottery works like this: You apply on their page during the three-day application period, choosing two possible dates that you would like to attend. About a week later you will receive notice whether your application was accepted or not. If you were accepted you will pay a $20 reservation fee. On the day you are scheduled for, you will show your ID and your parking pass at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Then you will board a trolley for Elkmont Campground.If you are not fortunate enough to score parking passes for the main event at Elkmont, don’t be discouraged. Consider visiting within three days either side of the event when passes are not required. The synchronous fireflies can also be found at the backend of Cades Cove (near the Abrams Falls trailhead) or at Cataloochee Valley. It also appears in recent years that the famous fireflies are showing up in surrounding locations, so as the time approaches stay in touch with your local media outlets or the internet to learn about other locations.Most of us have memories of running around outside on summer nights to watch and catch the fireflies lighting up around us. The synchronous fireflies event is a memory of a lifetime. If you want to experienced it make plans this year to light up your life.

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2019 Memphis in May Festival

Each May Memphis brings the world to Memphis to experience one of the largest festivals in North America. They have something for everyone – from lectures and exhibits, to movie screenings and our core events. Attendees come from all 50 states and several foreign countries during the month of May to our city, one that’s rich in history and experience. This year the focus of the 2019 Memphis in May International Festival will be Memphis and Shelby County. This s a break from the tradition of honoring international countries. This year they celebrate Memphis’ bicentennial and the start of a new century for the city and county.Memphis in May is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 206 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association, and has been named to Travel +Leisure’s International List of Festivals Worth Traveling For. The Beale Street Music Festival was named one of the World’s Top Festivals by Fest300.Memphis in May hosts the city’s largest events like the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.Celebrate Memphis has been added to the Festival lineup, promising to be spectacular salute during the month-long event. On May 25, Celebrate Memphis will honor the past and celebrate the future with the music, food and art that make this part of Tennessee unique.Memphis in May salutes Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, celebrating 200 years and a new century of soul!www.memphisinmay.org

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22nd Annual National Cornbread Festival

On April 27th and 28th of 2019, over 27,000 festival-goers from throughout the southeast gather in South Pittsburg to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the 23rd Annual National Cornbread Festival. Located 30 miles west of Chattanooga, TN, this quaint southern town hosts a celebration of cornbread, often considered the cornerstone of southern cuisine.In 1996, the National Cornbread Festival started to promote civic engagement and help local businesses. Lodge, local maker of world-class cast iron cookware seemed the perfect fit for a food-oriented festival. The community created a non-profit organization with volunteers, businesses and organizations joining in to produce the first annual festival in 1997.Now over 350+ community volunteers of all ages put on this wonderful festival every year. Over 15+ committees drive the planning and execution of this fun-filled weekend. All proceeds are distributed into the community through donations and other improvement projects. To date they have built and supported athletic facilities, supported boy scouts, schools and day cars, donated to theaters, churches and libraries, restored historical buildings and much more.The festival is packed with great family fun including a Kid’s Corner with games, face painting, and inflatables. There are games, carnival rides, and booths hosting cornbread, handmade crafts, honey, fudge and rock candies that line the streets of historic South Pittsburg, live entertainment throughout the festival with tours of the historic homes and the Lodge® Cast Iron Foundry as well.Major events during the festival include the National Lodge® Cast Iron Cornbread Cook- off, Cornbread 5K race, Classic Car Cruise-in and Cornbread Eating Contests. The best part is strolling down Cornbread Alley to taste amazing variations of this staple of southern cuisine.Feeling creative…give it try! Take this basic three ingredient cornbread recipe and add you own special touch like cheese, bacon, peppers, oranges, or add them all. Bake your amazing original cornbread to your family’s delight!Southern Cornbread RecipeIngredients:1 Cup White Self-Rising CornmealEgg1 Cup – Enough buttermilk to make thin batterDirections:Bake for 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

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Celebrate the Season Thursday, December 6 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Get ready for Christmas with cookies, music, and, of course, Santa! Town Hall is beautifully decorated for this annual free event, hosted by the Farragut Arts and Beautification Committee. In addition to sweet treats and musical performances by local school and church groups, children can make crafts and get their photo taken with the man in red. The Farragut Museum is also open for tours. See visitfarragut.org/events for more information.

Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive
Thursday, Dec. 6 4:30-7:00 p.m.

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Monroe Life Balloon Fiesta

NEW BIGGER LOCATION
SEQUOYAH BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, VONORE

The 6th Annual Monroe Life Balloon Fiesta will return to East Tennessee at The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee. Enjoy balloon rides, live music, food, games, an inflatable Kid’s Zone and much more all while supporting CASA Monroe. The two-day Balloon Fiesta begins on Saturday, September 1st from 2pm – 10pm, and runs through Sunday, September 2nd, from 2pm – 10pm. The finale each night will be a Balloon Glow set to music with over 22+ colorful hot air balloons beginning at dusk. “We are delighted to be bringing back a fall family favorite to East Tennessee,” says Lisa Bingham, publisher of Monroe Life Magazine and owner of The Bingham Group, a long-time supporter of CASA Monroe. “We have 22+ of the most talented balloon pilots in the country excited to entertain the community. We invite everyone to come out and join in the celebration!”

Buy tickets EARLY or at the gate.
We will have separate gates for attendees that already have tickets.

www.monroelifeballoonfiesta.com

This is a rain or shine event. No Refunds. Balloons will fly weather permitting.

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Chef Omar Samawi And Water Into Wine Win Farragut Food and Wine Festival

SHOP FARRAGUT and the Town of Farragut presented the 9th Annual Farragut Food & Wine Festival again this year to rave reviews.

The Farragut Food & Wine Festival is an event of the Farragut Business Alliance aka SHOP FARRAGUT. Their mission is to positively impact Farragut’s economic growth by assisting new businesses, supporting and promoting existing businesses and, in coordination with the Town of Farragut, aiding in the economic development and promotion of the community.

The much anticipated evening brought more than 1,200 food lovers to 11240 Kingston Pike, area across from Farragut High School, for an evening of culinary arts from over 24 local restaurants and bakeries.

The festival introduced attendees to amazing flavors with a showcase of samples from each food provider that could be paired with wine & beer, if desired. The great line-up bringing those flavors to savor included Restaurant Linderhof, The Cutting Edge Classroom, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Seasons Café, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Citico of Wind River, Clean Eatz, Don Delphi’s Pancakes & Restaurant, Water Into Wine, Longhorn Steakhouse, Buddy’s BBQ and The Casual Pint just to name a few.

Attendees enjoyed general admission to walk around tasting the varied food vendors and beverages or the “VIB” admission to the Very Important Bites tent offering a sit-down 4 course plated tasting from different Chefs. The VIB tent paired each food selection with a wine as volunteers were available to provide details on the chef selections and beverage pairings. All festival attendees were given a rate card upon entrance for scoring the tastings, each card was submitted and tabulated to determine the winning Taste of Farragut.

Food is not all there was to be enjoyed at this event, Live music entertained from the center of the festival where a tent with banquet style seating was available. There was something for all ages to enjoy and the festival setting allowed attendees to enjoy family, friends and even make new friends from Farragut and the surrounding region.

The 9th Annual Farragut Food & Wine Festival closed with a celebration for the winning dish, Prime Rib Crostinis by Water Into Wine, Bistro & Lounge located at 607 N. Campbell Station Rd. Also voted Best Wine Menu in Knoxville, Water Into Wine offers a full bar, local craft beers, artisan food pairings in addition to fresh cocktails and over 100 wines that change monthly. The mission at Water Into Wine is to provide a warm, cozy, social lounge and eatery which promotes relationships, connection opportunities and local patronage, all while offering the enjoyment of wine and artisan food pairing in the heart of the community. Congratulations to Owner, Candace Viox and Chef Omar Samawi on being the Taste of Farragut!

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Lenior City Arts & Crafts Festival

Join The Team That Presents One of East Tennessee’s Most Popular Events!

The members of the GFWC Suburbia Women’s Club (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) organize and execute an extremely successful annual festival. The Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday June 2nd, 9am-5pm amd Sunday June 3rd, 10am – 4pm. In 2018, we will celebrate 56 years of holding this festival at the Lenoir City Lake Park along the peninsula of Fort Loudoun Lake. The average yearly attendance is between 5,000 and 7,000 people. Anywhere from 150 to 200 artists, craftsmen and food vendors participate in the festival offering a variety of foods, culinary choices and outstanding artistry from all over the Southeast.

The Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival is a tradition in the East Tennessee area that has garnered the respect and support of the surrounding community and region. In the last 55 years, the money raised by the GFWC Suburbia Women’s Club has been used to help the local communities.

By supporting this festival, it benefits everyone in four ways: first, proceeds are given back to the community via financial donations to charitable organizations and college scholarships; second, you provide a venue for artisans to promote and sell their crafts; third, you bring awareness of the resources that are available within the local community; and finally, visitors can enjoy taking in the scenery of an award-winning lake community.

Join Us In Supporting Our Community By Becoming A Sponsor!

For more information visit: www.lenoircityartsandcrafts.com

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28th Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest

Draped in more than 5 million lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the end of February.

From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Winterfest Celebration.

Visit Dollywood to see more than 4 million lights shine during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, when the park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, a nightly Parade of Lights and much more to celebrate the season. Dollywood recently announced the addition of Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors, featuring new floats, specialty characters and songs. The park also adds a new show to its entertainment lineup with the stage production It’s a Wonderful Life.

Old Mill Square features a light display depicting its own version of a covered bridge, one made of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge. The Smoky Mountain Opry is decked out for the holiday season with giant trees, wreaths and more, all covered with sparkling lights. You might even catch Old Saint Nick making a rooftop delivery.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede pulls out all the stops when it comes to decorating for the holidays. One of the highlights is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top. Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with all new decorations including approximately 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. Guests are treated to three new Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their new workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures puts a new spin on the holidays with an all-new Christmas dinner and show. This year, it is Christmas in Timber Ridge and the competition is on to see which lumber camp family is the best at growing and supplying the best Christmas trees in all the land.

And the best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway.

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