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Taste of Wilson County combines with Batch and Bushel for huge turnout

Jacob Smith • Oct 26, 2017 at 7:26 PM

More than 85 vendors came out for the ninth annual Taste of Wilson County at the Mill as the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and Wilson Bank & Trust raised money for education Thursday night.

Taste of Wilson County annually offers the chance to sample the best Wilson County has to offer, from tasty treats to local boutiques and more.

This year’s event combined with the Batch and Bushel Farmer’s Market, a first year event offering local goods weekly.

About 30 of the more than 85 vendors were from Batch and Bushel.

“Now we’re taking all of the outside and then the inside,” said Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce CEO Melanie Minter. “We have people from all parts of Wilson County, so we have Watertown, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon.”

One of the special events of the evening was the grill-off. Grill masters face off for a team of judges who pick a champion griller.

“There will be a grill master tonight that will be the winner of the best grilling,” said Minter. “So, some of these grill masters have bought their own sauces to put with the meat we gave them.”

Many people came out to enjoy the event and sample the different foods as well as see the crafts that Wilson County has to offer.

“The turnout has been really great. We had a lot more presales this year than we’ve had in the past, but we tend to get a lot of people that we double that or triple that once they come,” said Minter. “We do put a lot of work into this event. We plan for it probably about six to eight months in advance. We just make sure that we have all the vendors. Every year we want to try to balance marketplace and food because people come out to try and get a true flavor of what Wilson County is all about.”

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