The Franklin Noon Rotary’s Third Annual Great Americana BBQ Festival has added a new feature making it a weekend long event.
Kicking it off on Friday, Aug. 24, will be a celebration of the Flavors of Franklin at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm from 6- 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at www.greatamericanabbqfestival.com/tickets or at the event.
According to Flavor of Franklin chairman Tony Urbanek, the event is a party for the public showcasing local restaurants’ appetizers, entrees and desserts and a chance to meet some of Saturday’s barbecue contestants, who will be working on their entries.
It’s also an opportunity to enjoy great local music by 31/2 Men and Jessica Miller while supporting culinary arts programs in area high schools.
“Proceeds from Flavor of Franklin will go directly toward [culinary] scholarships for students and to support culinary activities in local high schools,” Urbanek added.
Participating restaurants include five in the A. Marshall Family Hospitality group — Homestead Manor, Puckett’s Boathouse, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, Scout’s Pub and Deacon’s New South. Among several other restaurants serving samples are Tito’s Pub, Judge Bean, Jose’s Mexican Grill, Barbara’s Home Cooking, Five Daughters and Hogwood.
Cocktails and craft beer by Mantra Artisan Ales will be available for purchase.
The Flavor of Franklin was created to provide contestants who arrive early to set up and begin preparing their entries, with something to do as their entry evolves; it gives the public a chance to meet the contestants and an additional way to raise money for high school culinary arts programs.
“Everybody likes a party, especially when the components have music, food and alcohol," Urbanek said.
Flavor of Franklin is hosted by the Franklin BBQ Society and the Franklin Noon Rotary Club.