Gatlinburg’s Taste of Autumn celebrates the great outdoors

taste of autumnGATLINBURG (press release)—Gatlinburg’s 17th Annual Taste of Autumn takes center stage with a new twist on tradition Tuesday, October 28, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Attendees will enjoy unlimited sampling of the best foods and drinks to be found in the Smoky Mountains.

In addition to tasting great food and beverages, attendees have the opportunity to experience the event at a more hands on level. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to sign up as a team and test their outdoor skills in a timed competition. Teams will be challenged to pitch a tent, cast a fly rod, climb a rock wall and shoot a bow and arrow.

“As always, Taste of Autumn is a great opportunity to sample some of Gatlinburg’s outstanding food and beverage offerings and support the United Way of Sevier County,” comments Jim Downs, Gatlinburg CVB Special Events Director. “Celebrating the Great Outdoors brings to the forefront the unique outdoor activities that Gatlinburg offers as a gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Nan Kelly

Nan Kelly, popular host on Great American Country

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. Famous for her quick and easy cooking style, Nan has recently launched her own cooking brand, “One Pan Nan.” 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.

Attendees can indulge from some of the area’s finest restaurants and attractions including: The Vista Grill at The Park Vista Hotel, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Dick’s Last Resort, The Fox and Parrot, The Cabin Café, Great Smoky Mountain Catering Company, Mellow Mushroom, Fudruckers, Doc Collier’s Moonshine Distillery, Sugarland Cellars, Paula Deen and the Gatlinburg Garden Club.

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 $25 (children under 7 are free). One hundred percent of the proceeds from Taste of Autumn benefit the newly reorganized United Way of Sevier County.

Tickets are available at the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce office at 811 E. Parkway, the Gatlinburg Welcome Centers on the Spur and at the Aquarium as well as on-line at www.gatlinburg.com/taste. Tickets may also be purchased from any United Way of Sevier County board member or 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.

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