3rd Annual Fresh Taste of Anderson
The stronger the bonds between the men and women that produce our food and those who prepare it, the stronger, fresher and more delicious local food system we enjoy. The Fresh Taste event in Anderson takes this idea a step further and asks the question, “Just how closely can these folks work together, and what would the results be?” The answer is A) side by side, and B) a true re-imagination of farm-to-table cuisine.
Presented in cooperation with the City of Anderson and the Anderson Area Farm & Food Association (AAFFA), Fresh Taste is both a farmers market and a cooking competition celebrating all of the area’s best eateries. Local restaurants team up with their favorite area farm to share their talents with the public. While the farms are doing business as they would at any weekly market, they also provide the inspiration and ingredients for their companion’s featured dish. Guests cast their votes on their favorite plates and the winner is the Fresh Taste champion.
Approximately 10 teams will compete this year, with pairings as unique and diverse as the restaurants and farms themselves. Last year saw Tavern Under The Bridge (now Earle Street Kitchen and Bar) win with an old childhood favorite in meatloaf and mashed potatoes, supported by the provisions of Split Creek Farm. They had just a two vote edge on Summa Joe’s and Polecat Farms's pulled pork cakes. In the event’s opening year, My Taco Mexico enhanced their tacos with the freshest tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and garlic from Hurricane Creek Farms. Friends Catering teamed with Walker Century Farms's beef for a candied jalapeno brisket. This year’s teams are all new.
Fresh Taste also showcases local artists and musicians, with handcrafted goods and live music throughout the event. Naturally, you’ll need something to wash down the plates you sample. Growler Haus, Carolina Beer and Kitchen Emporium will be on hand with craft beer and wine for your imbibing pleasure.
Admission is free if you want to treat this like another Tuesday at the farmers market and just enjoy the scents of 10 kitchens while stocking your own shelves. But our guess is that your taste buds will demand a piece of the action. For only $7 you can taste five dishes, or purchase individual tickets to sample more or less of the evening’s offerings.