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Bryson Alcocer poses with a large cotton candy treat for his father during the 2019 Taste of Tullahoma. This year’s event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

This Thursday will see downtown Tullahoma put its best culinary foot forward during the annual Taste of Tullahoma and Business Expo, hosted by the Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce and Master of Ceremonies/Christopher Equipment.

The annual event is designed to gather the surrounding community to see what the city has to offer by way of food, drinks, and business.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 on West Lincoln Street between Jackson and Atlantic streets – right by the chamber office downtown.

Chamber Director Hope Sartain said this year’s event will feature samples from staple restaurants such as Emil’s Bistro, the Sundrop Shoppe and Luncheonette and O’Charleys.

Yes – even Manchester businesses will be available, Sartain said. She added that collaborating with the community’s neighbors helps to strengthen bonds between participating communities.

“The surrounding areas are getting in on this as well,” she said.

Other tastings will include Cascade Hollow Distillery, the home of George Dickel Whisky, and L & H Distributing, so there will be “plenty to eat and plenty to drink” for all who attend.

Last year’s event was held in the spring to great success, but Sartain said this year’s event was pushed back to the fall in order to add to the “street fair” aesthetic and to take advantage of milder weather.

“We’re trying to give it a more fall festival … feel,” she said. “We’re just trying to give the community another great event to attend.”

As for the business side, Sartain said Master of Ceremonies and Christopher Equipment, Stan McNabb Automotive Group and more will come together to “showcase what they have” to offer the area.

The event isn’t only for adults. Sartain said there will be a kids’ zone full of inflatables, games and other activities for young ones to enjoy while the grown-ups are getting their expo “passports” stamped at each booth.

Those passports, Sartain said, will allow expo-goers to be eligible to win door prizes. All they have to do is visit every booth, get that booth’s special stamp and turn in the completed passports.

The majority of the booths that are confirmed to attend are chamber members, but anyone is welcome to attend, Sartain said.

Admission is $15 and includes “full access” to all the samples available, Sartain said, but children 10 and under will receive free admission. Tickets will be available at the door

For more information on the festival, contact the chamber office at 455-5497

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.

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