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|'A Taste of Franklin' scheduled March 11|
It's time to pick up a fork and sample the tastes and treats of Franklin Parish.
The Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce will present its annual "Taste of Franklin" all-you-can-taste event Tuesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. This year's "Taste of Franklin" will be held at the United Pentecostal Church Family Life Center in Winnsboro.
Event chairperson Lindy Price said the event is a great way for local chefs to show the people of the parish what they can do.
"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," Price said.
A special treat at this year's event will be the "Catfish Cookoff," organized by "Taste of Franklin" co-sponsor, the Catfish Festival.
"We've had a lot of fun with this event the last three years, and we're certainly pleased to do it again this year in conjunction with the chamber's 'Taste of Franklin,' which is such a popular event," said Catfish Festival director Paul Price, Jr.
Entry in the catfish event is open to anyone living in or working in Franklin Parish, and is limited to the first 15 entrants. The Catfish Festival will provide five pounds of Louisiana pond-raised catfish for each entrant, and the fish can be prepared any way but fried.
"The only exception to the 'no-fry' rule is if the fried fish fillet is served with a topping of some sort," Price said.
All recipes must be prepared off-site and brought to the "Taste of Franklin" ready to serve. Those purchasing a ticket for the "Taste of Franklin" will be among those able to sample a small piece.
2008 marks the fourth year the catfish cookoff has been held in conjunction with the "Taste of Franklin".
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.
Tickets for the 2008 "Taste of Franklin" are $15 each and are limited in number, so those interested in an evening of good food in an informal "all-you-can-taste" setting should contact the chamber office as soon as possible.