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Date: 9/05/2019

Record Crowd Enjoys 18th Annual Taste of Blount

On a pleasant late summer's eve, a record crowd of nearly 700 people gathered to enjoy some of the best food in Blount County as 25 area restaurants, food trucks and caterers took part in the 18th annual Taste of Blount hosted by the Blount Partnership at the Theater in the Park in Maryville, Tenn.

 

"It was great to see the community come out to support our local restaurants and gourmet shops," said Blount Partnership president Bryan Daniels. “The friendly competition among the vendors is great and Taste of Blount really shows off the wide variety of places we have to eat here."

 

Sponsored by the City of Maryville, CBBC Bank, Food City, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, WNOX-FM, The Daily Times, Cirrus Aircraft, Shanks & Associates, C2RL, Kizer & Black Attorneys, K12, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Regions Bank and Jackie Mills Homes, attendees voted for winners in seven categories while three culinary experts handed out the Culinary Excellence Awards.

 

Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise took home Best Overall for the seventh straight year and Best Main Course for the ninth consecutive year with its jerk chicken breast.

 

Lambert’s  Southern Pies and Bake Shop was named the Best Dessert for the fourth consecutive year while also winning for best presentation.

 

Best Appetizer and Sandwich went to REO Cheesewagon, while McAlister’s Deli won Best Beverage for the fifth straight year.

 

The Culinary Excellences Awards were judged by three culinary experts -- Susan Headrick, Sherri McCall and Eric McNew – who put their professional taste buds to the test and anointed winners in Five categories. Vendors were asked to submit one food item for the judges to determine which topped their chart.

 

Two time winners included DaddyO’s Fresh Filipino Food Truck for best main course, Mattie Moox the Coffee Camper for best beverage. REO Cheesewagon took top honors for best appetizer, Sullivan’s won for best sandwich and best dessert went to Snoring Bear Diner Hayden’s Sweet Shop.

 

 

2019 Taste of Blount People’s Choice Winners

Best Appetizer: REO Cheesewagon

Best Sandwich: REO Cheesewagon

Best Beverage: McAliter’s Deli

Best Main Course: Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise

Best Dessert: Lambert’s Southern Pies and Bake Shop

Best Presentation: Lambert’s Southern Pies and Bake Shop

Best Overall: Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise

 

 

2019 Taste of Blount Culinary Excellence Award Winners

Best Appetizer: REO Cheesewagon

Best Sandwich: Sullivan’s

Best Beverage: Mattie Moox the Coffee Camper

Best Main Course: DaddyO’s Fresh Filipino Food Truck

Best Dessert: Snoring Bear Diner Hayden’s Sweet Shop