Gatlinburg’s 16th Annual Taste of Autumn takes center stage with a new twist on tradition on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 5–8 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Nan Kelley, Great American Country television network celebrity, will emcee the evening events which feature cooking demonstrations by some of Gatlinburg’s top chefs with the assistance of local celebrities who will be will be judged for their culinary skills. Attendees will also enjoy unlimited sampling of the best foods and drinks to be found in the Smoky Mountains.
“Traditionally, Taste of Autumn is an excellent opportunity to sample some outstanding food and beverage offerings, support the United Way of Sevier County, and have a great time doing it,” said Darrell Manis, Gatlinburg CVB Special Events director. “This year, we are giving Taste of Autumn a new twist by providing professional, Top Chef style cooking demonstrations with GAC celebrity host Nan Kelley as the emcee. This is going to be a fun event!”
Nan Kelley is a popular host on the Great American Country network. Her warm southern charm has made her a fixture in the Nashville Country music scene. She’s the television host of Opry Live from the Grand Ole Opry and a handful of series including the fan-voted GAC Top 20 Country Countdown. She has also served as a host for the Shop-At-Home Network, Fine Living, HGTV Dream Home specials among others.
Tickets are $25 (children under seven are free). 100% of the proceeds from Taste of Autumn benefit the newly reorganized United Way of Sevier County.
Attendees can indulge from some of the area’s finest restaurants and attractions. This year’s participants include: Vista Grill, Park Grill, Peddler Steakhouse, Seasons of Ober Restaurant, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Mellow Mushroom, Fuddruckers, Fox & Parrot Tavern, Dick’s Last Resort, Zi Olive, Charles Richard Resources, Climbworks Canopy, Coca-Cola, Smoky Mountain Ice Cream, Uncommon Grounds, Smoky Mountain Winery and Sugarland Cellars.
The United Way of Sevier County focuses on improving lives by involving our communities to create lasting change in community conditions. Beneficiaries of United Way funding include the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains and Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.
Tickets are available at the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce office at 811 E. Parkway, the Gatlinburg branches of Home Federal Bank, Sevier County Bank, Tennessee State Bank, Citizens National Bank, and the Gatlinburg Welcome Centers on the Spur and at the Aquarium as well as on-line at www.gatlinburg.com. Tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling 865 436-4178 and will also be available for purchase when the doors of the event open at 5 p.m.