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|Taste of Franklin on tap Tuesday|
The fifth annual "Taste of Franklin" will bring the area's finest chefs, cooks and restaurateurs together Tuesday, March 11, to prepare and share their signature specialties with the public. This "all-you-can-taste" evening has become one of the parish's most anticipated and well-attended events, and is a premier activity for the April 12 Franklin Parish Catfish Festival.
As a tie-in to the festival, the popular Catfish Cookoff will be held in conjunction with the "Taste of Franklin."
The doors open at 6 p.m. at the Family Life Center of United Pentecostal Church on Loop Road.
"We are almost filled to capacity with vendors and the tickets are selling fast," said Lindy Price, vice president of the Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the event's committee. "We've got some new restaurants this year, which will add some spice to the excellent line up we've had in the past."
Price said a special feature this year is a photo display of scenes from around Franklin Parish by local artist Rodney Smith.
"I think people will be quite impressed with the talent this young man exhibits," said Price.
Adding to the event will be some unique door prizes from chamber members, including some surprises.
"We'll have some new and exciting specialty items showcased by our local chamber merchants and a very special door prize give-away promises to make some lucky ticket holder very happy."
That special door prize is a two-ticket package to the Richard Petty NASCAR Driving Experience in Dallas. Donated by channel 11-KARD, the winner of the tickets will have the opportunity to make up to eight laps driving a NASCAR car at speeds of up to 141 mph.
"This is a fabulous door prize, but you must be present to win and be ready to hit the road because the tickets are for Saturday, March 15 in Dallas," Price said. "But it will be well worth it for the thrill of driving a race car."
Tickets are $15 and are available at the chamber of commerce office or by calling 435-4488.
The Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Parish Catfish Festival and Franklin Parish Tourism sponsor the "Taste of Franklin."
Still room for catfish cookers
There are still some slots available to compete in the Catfish Cookoff at the "Taste of Franklin" on Tuesday, March 11.
According to Paul Price Jr., director of the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival, the cookoff is for catfish recipes of all kinds, except for fried fish. The exception to that rule is if there is a special topping served on a fried catfish fillet.
"This is an opportunity for amateurs to show off their catfish cooking skills to a very appreciative audience," Price said. "Everything from catfish casseroles to barbequed catfish goes in this contest."
Prizes will be $250 for the first place, $125 for second, $75 for third. The first place winner will also appear with Darrel Teats on KNOE - Channel 8 the week of the festival.
To sign up for the Catfish Cookoff, please Price at 435-4105.