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|Taste of Franklin scheduled Thursday|
The sixth annual "Taste of Franklin" held by the Winnsboro-Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Thursday, March 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at the United Pentecostal Church Family Life Center in Winnsboro.
The event features local and area chefs, restaurants, caterers, and entrepreneurs who will prepare their signature dishes for the public. This year, guests will have a chance to sample the fares of Bamboo Garden, Big John's, Bobtails, Karl Broussard, Brown's Landing, Celebrations Bakery & Shoppe, Leigh Cureington Catering, Crawdad Hole, Darrell Teats Catering, Don Terry-Entergy, Franklin Medical Center, Greer's Family Restaurant, Haring's Pride Catfish, Hatton Meats, Jackson Street Guest House, Jesse's Steak & Seafood, Kaye's Food Mart Deli, Kinloch Plantation Products, Louisiana Cattlemen's Association, PoBoy Meats, Rick's Best Stop, R.V.'s Café, WalMart Deli, Winnsboro Elementary School Cafeteria, Daffodils, Something Special, Sweet Peas, and Coax Baptist Church.
"Ticket holders to this year's event are in for a treat not only by sampling the delicious food prepared by our local 'food folks,' but also with the great door prizes being given away," said Lindy Price, who has chaired the yearly event since its inception.
Included in the door prize drawings will be a two-basket top-of-the-line fish fryer donated by Winnsboro State Bank.
Only ticket holders are eligible to participate in the door prize drawing. A limited number of tickets are still available at the Chamber office.
Franklin Parish Tourism Commission is sponsoring this year's Taste of Franklin, which will again be held in conjunction with the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival "Catfish Cookoff".
Those interested in an evening of good food in an informal "all-you-can-taste" setting should contact the Chamber office for tickets as soon as possible.
In addition, the fifth annual Franklin Parish "Catfish Cookoff" will be held in conjunction with the event.
"These two events – the Catfish Cookoff and the Taste of Franklin – go hand-in-hand," said Chamber President Lindy Price, who has chaired the Taste of Franklin since its inception. "This is a great way for local chefs to show the people of the parish what they can do, and is a great kickoff event for the festival."
"We had a large number of participating chefs and caterers last year plus numerous specialty food product merchants who put on quite a show for our ticket holders," she said.
According to Price, those attending last year's event had a great time sampling a wide variety of delicious food ranging from barbeque to fried catfish to casseroles to homemade pies, and everything in between.
"This year's event will also be open to those folks who just enjoy cooking," Price said.
"There are quite a few 'good will ambassadors' in our area who cook delicious dishes for various events just because they enjoy it. We would really like to have them be a part of our event."
"So, if you love to cook, or just want to share a recipe, let us know and we'll find a spot for you."
Another feature of this event is an open invitation to churches and other non-profit groups who have published cookbooks that they would like to sell.
"We're inviting them to come and offer their cookbooks for sale, as well as furnish a sampling of sweets prepared from their recipe selections," Price said.
Space is limited so interested participants in the Taste of Franklin are urged to contact the Chamber office at 435-4488 for registration information as soon as possible.