Grains & Grits Spirits and Food Festival Returns to the Smokies

first_imgTennessee whiskey has a rich history. It’s so ingrained in the culture that Chris Stapleton even wrote a song about it, singing “you’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey.” It’s no wonder Grains & Grits, a festival of southern spirits and gourmet grub that draws whiskey lovers from across the region, has grown in popularity. On November 3, 2018, the festival will return to Townsend, a quaint and scenic town nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.Grains & Grits will continue to have a focus on whisky, attracting distillers from across the state to celebrate the culture of whiskey, spirits and distilling. However, this year, the festival will introduce an added emphasis on food, highlighting the area’s unique culinary offering and ensuring guests are satiated.Chefs from throughout the region will team up with distillers to demonstrate how whiskey can be used as a culinary ingredient, providing tastings for attendees. The tastings are included in the Grains & Grits festival ticket price, but for attendees who would like dinner-sized portions of their favorite fare, additional $10 food tickets will be available for purchase at the event.Dancing Bear Lodge Executive Chef Shelley Cooper is spearheading the culinary aspect of the event and will be joined by high-profile chefs like Ryan and Catherine Kline of Zambra in Asheville, North Carolina who will share their farm-to-table, Western Mediterranean-inspired fare, and Geoff Kenny, corporate chef for Nama, Shuck and Cru Bistro and Wine Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee.Food purveyors will also be present like J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works. This high-end salt provider located in the West Virginia harvests all-natural salt by hand trapped below the Appalachian Mountain. The salt is incorporated into many of the chefs dishes.Although food and regional wineries and breweries will add to the event’s appeal, whiskey remains at the heart of the event. Distillers like Jack Daniel’s, George Dickel, Old Forge, Sugarlands, H Clark, Corsair, Ole Smoky Moonshine and many more will be present offering samplings of their craft spirits.The festival is arranged and hosted by the Tennessee Distillers Guild and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority. The 2016 and 2017 festivals were a hit with over 700 whiskey enthusiasts and foodies. Now in its third year, the festival is expected to be even better as the added culinary component will ensure there’s something for consumers, foodies, bartenders and spirit professionals alike.Set against the background of the Great Smoky Mountains at sunset, the event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Townsend Visitors Center located at 7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend. With the growing popularity of the festival, people are encouraged to purchase their tickets prior to the event. General admission tickets are $65 in advance or $75 the day of the event. More information and tickets are available at grainsandgritsfest.com.last_img read more

Tens of thousands rally against Belarus president in ‘people’s inauguration’

first_imgLukashenko retorted that, under Macron’s logic, the French leader should have resigned two years ago when the “yellow vest” protest for economic justice began and that mass demonstrations had become commonplace in France.He offered to help negotiate a peaceful transfer of power between Macron and those protesting against the French authorities.”As an experienced politician – to an immature one – I want to advise Mr. Macron to look around less, and instead finally deal with the internal affairs of France,” Lukashenko was quoted by the official Belta news agency as saying.Russia said the EU’s decision not to recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president contradicted international law and amounted to indirect meddling in the country.Buoyed by the support from traditional ally Russia, the 66-year-old Lukashenko, a former Soviet collective farm manager who has been in power for over a quarter of a century, shows no inclination to resign.Police action prompts hacker retaliationRiot police pulled people out of crowds and hauled them away into vans, a Reuters witness said. Several metro stations were shut and the mobile internet disrupted. Some protesters wore fake crowns to mock Lukashenko’s inauguration.”We came to celebrate the people’s inauguration of the people’s president,” said Alexander, a 30-year-old logistics worker, while protesting in Minsk. “First he falsified the elections, and then he falsified the inauguration.”Police said they used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse “disobedient” protesters in the eastern city of Gomel, the Russian agency TASS reported.Local media footage showed masked security forces spraying a substance from a can into the faces of people in Gomel, while the protesters retreated shouting “fascists”. One detainee managed to escape from a prison van as people cheered.In Minsk, helmeted security forces went inside a pizzeria to detain someone as customers looked on.A group of anonymous hackers has started leaking the personal data of police officers in retaliation for the crackdown on protests since the election.On Sunday, it released another batch of data from more than 1,000 police stationed in Gomel in revenge for the treatment of the protesters there.The Belarusian government typically releases the data for the total number of people arrested on the day after a protest.Police detained 150 people during protests on Saturday, the interior ministry said.Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on Saturday accused western countries preparing to impose new sanctions on Minsk of attempting to sow “chaos and anarchy”.Topics : Lukashenko denies electoral fraud and was inaugurated on Wednesday in a ceremony held without any prior announcement, sparking more protests and condemnation from the European Union, the United States and Britain.French President Emmanuel Macron said in comments in the French press Lukashenko must step aside.”We are witnessing a power crisis in Belarus with an authoritarian administration that is not able to accept the logic of democracy,” Macron told le Journal du Dimanche in comments published on Sunday.”It is clear that Lukashenko must go.” Masked police dragged people into vans and fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse crowds as tens of thousands marched for a seventh straight weekend to demand veteran Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko quit.Protesters chanted “impostor” and “Sveta is our president” as they marched through Minsk and other cities decked out in red-and-white opposition colors. At least 200 people were detained, the interior ministry said.Some dubbed the protest a “people’s inauguration” of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Lukashenko’s main opponent who fled into exile after the Aug. 9 election that Lukashenko’s opponents say was blatantly rigged to hand Lukashenko a sixth term.last_img read more

Doting dads ‘make babies behave better’

first_imgThe Independent (UK) 19 July 2012The level of engagement fathers have with their children in the first months of life may influence the development of behavioural problems later. Fathers who were more involved early on had children with fewer problems at 12 months, while those who were remote had children who were less stable and more disturbed. It is the first time the origin of behavioural problems has been traced to such an early age – before three months – and suggests early intervention could prevent difficulties in later life. The findings were based on a study of 192 families from two maternity units in the UK, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The results are published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The researchers, led by Paul Ramchandani of the University of Oxford, found interaction with the father tended to be more important for boys than girls.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/doting-dads-make-babies-behave-better-7956991.htmllast_img read more

PASSCAR opens 20th season Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway

first_imgPERRIS, Calif. – After a successful 20th anniversary season opener for sprint cars at Perris Auto Speedway last Saturday night, the Riverside County clay oval will kick off the 20th anniversary PASSCAR season this Saturday, March 14. Saturday’s show will feature Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and the highly anticipated return of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds.Saturday’s race will be the first IMCA sanctioned Modified race at The PAS since 2005. Since 2007, the track started sanctioning the class under the PASSCAR banner. At the urging of racers, sanctioning for the division is reverting back to IMCA in 2015. The track has had an increase in the size of the fields for the Modifieds the past few years and going back to IMCA should draw even more cars. Drivers competing in the division will earn points not only for the PAS IMCA Modified track championship, but also toward IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance State point standings.The eight races at The PAS will all be part of the Larry Shaw Western Region. “We are really excited to welcome IMCA back to The PAS,” promoter Don Kazarian said, “especially in its centennial season. A lot of drivers asked us to go back to IMCA. This will allow cars from other tracks to come race with our regulars as they try to earn state, regional and national points. It will also allow our drivers to venture to other tracks as the rules are now the same. For the past few years our street stock class has usually been the largest on race nights. The modified class has been getting bigger the past couple seasons and it may end up being the largest this year. It is going to be very exciting.” 2014 champions Blaine Whitson (super stocks), Eddie Gurwell (street stocks) and Dalton Everhart (Modifieds) are all expected to be in action on Saturday. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. Saturday and racing will begin at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $15. For active military members with proper ID, teens 13-18 with their school ID and kids ages 6-12, admission is $5. Children five and under will be admitted free.Advance tickets for all events at The PAS, with the exception of the World of Outlaws, are available 24 hours a day by calling 1 800-595-4849 or online.For more information on The PAS call 951 940-0134.Camping is available for $25 per night for all PAS events. The campground opens at noon the day before each event. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1 p.m. for all PAS events as well. Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.last_img read more

COVID-19: PBC Update Includes EOC Hotline, School Meals, Election Info

first_imgPalm Beach County Mayor David Kerner said during a press conference late Sunday afternoon an Emergency Operations Center will be open beginning Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (561) 712-6400, to field questions about government services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.He added that no closures are being made at this time to beaches and other county-owned recreational facilities.Florida Health – Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso stated late Sunday afternoon that the county has no new cases of COVID-19.She advised residents to avoid public transportation, and to remain six feet away from other people at public events.Starting Monday, the health department and county clinics will begin screening all employees and clients who enter their facilities.School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy says district officials are still deciding on whether to extend the closure beyond two weeks.Feeding sites will be available at 30 sites for students who are eligible for free meals. Those locations are listed at www.palmbeachschools.org/coronavirus.In addition, Feeding South Florida will be providing boxes of food to families of those students at the same 30 sites on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.For additional information about district efforts and programs during the closure, residents may call: (561) 969-5840.Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link stated that the primary election will continue as planned on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although 19 voting locations were moved from assisted living facilities. The locations are listed at pbcelections.gov.She added they are taking precautions for poll workers. Gloves and disinfectants, as well as hand sanitizers will be provided for them.Voters are advised to bring their own pen – preferably black – or a stylus, and to wash their hands after completing their ballot. They are also encouraged to bring their own wipes and sanitizers,Officials will be wiping down equipment in accordance with CDC guidelines.To volunteer or for more information, call the Supervisor of Elections office at (561) 656-6200.Vote-by-mail remains available through Tuesday, when the election ends at 7 p.m.Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Begins Monday in West Palm Beach ——————————————————————————————last_img read more