Awards handed out in seven categories

On a warm, beautiful late summer’s eve, a crowd of nearly 600 people gathered to enjoy some of the best food in Blount County as 21 area restaurants and grocers took part in the 15th annual Taste of Blount hosted by the Blount Partnership at the Theater in the Park in Maryville, Tenn.


“It was great to see the community come out to support our local restaurants and gourmet shops,” said Blount Partnership president Bryan Daniels. “The friendly competition among the vendors is great and Taste of Blount really shows off the wide variety of places we have to eat here.”


Sponsored by MK Russell & Abbott, CBBC Bank and Asbury Place, attendees voted for winners in seven categories.


Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise took home Best Overall for the fourth straight year and Best Main Course for the sixth consecutive year with its curry chicken, red beans and rice and macaroni and cheese.


Full Service BBQ won Best Sandwich for the fifth straight year with its pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, while Lambert’s  Southern Pies and Bake Shop was named the Best Dessert.


Best Appetizer went to Lemon Grass of Maryville with its walnut shrimp.


Metz Catering won for Best Presentation and McAlister’s Deli won Best Beverage for the second straight year.


2016 Taste of Blount Winners

Best Appetizer: Lemon Grass of Maryville

Best Sandwich: Full Service BBQ

Best Beverage: McAlister’s Deli

Best Main Course: Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise

Best Dessert: Lambert’s Southern Pies and Bake Shop

Best Presentation: Metz Catering

Best Overall: Rocky’s Jamaica Sunrise