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'Taste' food festival Saturday

By By Lisa Tindell
Food and entertainment go hand in hand and the sixth annual Taste of the South event will be providing both for citizens of Atmore Saturday at Heritage Park.
Sharon Smith, president of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Atmore Class of 2004, said the community response is what keeps the event on the calendar for the group she represents.
Smith said other events in the area are geared toward arts and artists, but this event is all about food.
For those who like it hot, one highlight of the evening will be the return of the pepper-eating contest.
Several vendors have already made commitments to participate in the event with others expected to join in.
Already planned as part of the event are Women of Distinction, Winn Dixie, the Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Wing House, Cutie Pies Bakery, Annie’s Community Cup, Escambia Academy Athletics, Weatherford’s Sports Grill, Pintoli’s and Pepsi of Atmore.
Entertainment will also be plentiful, Smith said. Local entertainers are lined up to begin performances at 7 p.m.
Scheduled to perform are Kristy Taylor, Abbie Akins, Ashley Dawn and the Shane Lassitter Band.
The Atmore Chamber Ambassadors will be providing face painting to entertain the children during the event as well, Smith said.
The event will get under way at 6 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Park near downtown with entertainment to begin around 7 p.m., Smith said.
Some vendors will walk away with coveted honors including Best Taste, Best Dessert and Best Decorated Booth awards.
Children will also have an opportunity for some special activities at the event, Smith said.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Atmore Chamber of Commerce offices or by contacting Sharon Smith. The Chamber offices are located at the Atmore Lion’s Club Community Center on Pensacola Avenue.