Taste of Tennessee: A Virtual Appalachian Food Celebration
August 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
What’s cooking at the Heritage Alliance of NortheastTennessee and Southwest Virginia? The organization is serving local residents anew event that highlights the history and culture of Appalachian foodways. “Taste of Tennessee” is a new virtual programthat promises to bring people together to explore and celebrate Appalachian cuisine from thecomfort of their homes. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event iscompletely online and is scheduled forSaturday, August 22nd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This day-long digital celebrationis full of education and entertainment,and also serves as a fundraiser for The Heritage Alliance. As part of theevent, The Heritage Alliance will present a variety of offerings via Facebookand Zoom, including lectures, demonstrations, cooking classes, and more.
“Whenwe first conceived of the idea of Taste of Tennessee, it was envisioned as anin-person Appalachian food fair,” says Executive Director Anne Mason.“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has forced us to re-conceptualize the event, but westill wanted to keep the intended spirit of the event alive.”
“Ourgoal is to get people excited about Appalachian cuisine, past and present,”adds Programming Coordinator Megan Tewell. “That’s our main objective with thisevent—to connect people to food and to each other.”
Acomplete program for “Taste of Tennessee” will be released shortly, althoughconfirmed speakers include prominent chefs, “foodies,” farmers, historians,interpreters, to name a few. Tickets for special Zoom events are available onthe Town of Jonesborough’s website. Featuring historic recipes, techniques, and ingredients, as well as modern spins on Appalachian classics,the Heritage Alliance hopes that “Taste of Tennessee” helps the public to cometogether around a virtual “table” andenjoy a sense of community once more.
The Heritage Alliance is also continuing tocollect recipes for their community-curated cookbook, as part of “Taste of Tennessee.” Do you have a favorite recipethat you would like to contribute? Please contact programming coordinator Megan Cullen Tewell at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to share. And don’t miss this exciting opportunityto learn more about our local foodheritage on August 22nd— bring your appetite for Appalachia!