Renaissance Center and Local Table Host Artisan Food Fair

The Renaissance Center and the Local Table magazine will present the first annual artisan food fair on Saturday, October 27, to be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event, which is free to the public as well as participants, will include demonstrations by artists and craftspeople associated with the Tennessee Artisan Market at the Renaissance Center, as well as demonstrations, samples, and products available for sale by Middle Tennessee farm and artisan food producers.

All-day participants include the Old Spencer Mill from Burns, Tennessee, who will demonstrate their portable gristmill along with candle-dipping and cornhusk doll-making. The Clement Railroad Hotel Museum from Dickson also will have displays and demonstrations. Food vendors include local farm products, Pick Tennessee Products, Tennessee wineries, artisan foods, and some Nashville food trucks.

Demonstrations by artisans from the Tennessee Artisan Market will include pottery, jewelry-making, photography, woodturning, basket-making, stained glass, watercolor painting, fabric arts, soap-making, sculpture, leather work, gourd art, and other crafts. The Tennessee Artisan Market features art, crafts, and handmade goods made exclusively by Tennessee artisans. The consignment gallery store now includes over 160 artists from across Tennessee representing all areas of the state. Artisans interested in being represented in the market and demonstrating at the event should contact Lisa Wright at

Cooking demonstrations throughout the day will include Tammy Algood with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Pick Tennessee Products, and the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Association, and author of the Complete Southern Cookbook and Farm Fresh Southern Cooking. Debbie Watts, author of a new historical book on Betty Ryman, will appear in period 1800s costume and demonstrate how to make old-fashioned peppermint cakes. Maryann Byrd, author of the Rise of the Southern Biscuit: The Biscuit Dive Guide, will demonstrate biscuit-making and sign books. Other food and craft demonstrations will be announced closer to the event. Food vendors should contact Lisa Shively at the Local Table magazine:, 615-677-6645. There is no charge to participate this first year and tables and chairs will be provided.

Also at the Renaissance Center will be Alan LeQuire's Dream Forest exhibition in the rotunda, Sydney Reichman's sculpture exhibition in the visual arts gallery (both exhibitions are free), and a performance of the M.E.T. (Mind-Enriching Theatre) production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in the performance hall (tickets are $4). Safe Trick or Treating also will be provided by the Renaissance Players Community Theatre immediately following the M.E.T. show (free with ticket stub).