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Tenth Annual Pesto Festo
Knoxville Botanical Garden
Knoxville, TN
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Tenth Annual Pesto Festo
Slow Foodies: can you believe Pesto Festo is turning 10 this year? My, how time flies when you're promoting good, clean and fair food.

To mark this momentous occasion, this year's Pesto Festo will be a multi-day celebration! More on that later; let's start by talking about the main event.

Our Pesto Festo dinner will be held at the Dogwood Center of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum on Saturday, Sept. 9th, from 6pm-9pm. We're honoring Pesto Festos past by having some of our favorite chefs from previous years each prepare a course of the meal, as well as bringing in a fresh face. Update: this year's chefs will be Drew McDonald of The Plaid Apron (new this year), Meg and Shaun Parrish of Wild Love Bakehouse & Old City Java (providers of coffee for many Pesto Festos past), Kiki and Byron Sambat of Savory and Sweet Truck (from our eighth annual Pesto Festo), and Ben Willis-Becker, Executive Chef, Scripps Networks Interactive (from our sixth annual Pesto Festo). And don't forget, your very own SFTV board will be creating an amuse bouche and cocktail to greet you as you arrive (yes, in the early years the board did the cooking for Pesto Festo!).

Of course, it wouldn't be Pesto Festo without our annual pesto contest. All guests are encouraged to bring at least one pint of their best pesto to be tasted by our judges and their fellow attendees. Prizes will be awarded for the "best traditional" and "most creative" pestos (judged categories) and "people's choice" (audience vote). For rules and judging criteria, please visit

And as always, we will have a silent auction featuring food-focused items from amazing local businesses. Speaking of amazing businesses, long-time SFTV supporters Hexagon Brewing and Old City Java will once again be providing beer tastings and coffee, respectively. Guests are also welcome to bring their own wine/cocktail to enjoy with dinner.

We'd also like to thank you, awesome and loyal Slow Foodies, for supporting SFTV and Pesto Festo all these years, so we're offering all tickets to this year's dinner at the member price of $45! Tickets can be purchased online or watch for our booth at a farmers' market near you.

Remember, we strive for zero waste events, so please remember to bring your own place settings, including plate(s), silverware, wine/beer & water glasses, and napkin.

Last but not least, as mentioned above we can't contain our excitement about the 10th year of Pesto Festo to just one day! Please join us on Friday evening, Sept. 8th, at 6 pm for our Pesto Festo Movie: "Big Night", with dinner provided by Snail of Approval awardee Tootsie Truck. And the celebration begins Sept. 2nd with a Pesto Festo Pesto Crawl; sample pesto-themed dishes from 5 snail-approved restaurants and food trucks the whole week leading up to the Pesto Festo dinner. Pesto Festo is turning 10, so get ready to celebrate all things pesto!


Knoxville Botanical Garden (View)
2743 Wimpole Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914
United States


Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Fundraisers

Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Slow Food Tennessee Valley
On BPT Since: Apr 30, 2013
Slow Food Tennessee Valley

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