COOKEVILLE – Spring is in the air – which means the Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show is just days away. This year’s event will be held March 3-5 at the Hyder Burks Pavilion in Cookeville and will feature more than 200 exhibits with products and services from the Upper Cumberland and beyond.
The show aims to highlight the latest trends in home building, remodeling, decorating, landscaping and design. Also returning in 2017 are popular in-show attractions like the Cooking Stage, Coffee with an Author series and the “Stay and Play” travel expo.
For almost 50 years, the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland has sponsored the annual event. Spring is the perfect time to preview products like furniture, lawn mowers, cabinetry, generators, doors, plants, cookware and specialty foods, HBAUC officials said.
Returning are features like:
1) The Cooking Stage, always a popular attraction, with local and regional celebrities demonstrating recipes and sharing tips for entertaining and healthy living. Presenters include restaurant chefs, cookbook authors, and more, including 2016 Ovation Award winners Stephanie Falk, chef at Center Hill Lake’s Blue Water Grille; John Brantley of Lagniappe Spice; and Rodney Laulo of Cookeville’s Back Room Bistro.
2) The Putnam Friends of the Library’s “Coffee with an Author” series, which will be held at the event at 10:30 Saturday morning. It will feature a program by Timothy Charles Davis, author of “Hot Chicken Cookbook: The Fiery History & Red-Hot Recipes of Nashville’s Beloved Bird.” The book chronicles the origins of hot chicken from its intriguing beginnings in the 1930s at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack to its current status as a signature dish that has fans all over the world. The book includes recipes from the best hot chicken restaurants in Nashville. Light refreshments and coffee will be provided.
3) The Upper Cumberland Tourism Association’s “Stay and Play” travel expo, a source for vacation ideas, whether weekend or day trips all within a short drive from home. Information on the Upper Cumberland’s cultural, historic and scenic attractions, as well as its outdoor recreational opportunities and lodging options will be available. Read more about that here.
4) This year’s show will also feature the return of the barn sale, a dedicated area for fans of antiques and vintage décor from a variety of stylish dealers. The barn sale was new to the Home Show in 2016.
5) If you plan to build or remodel a home, you have many important decisions to make, and the “Building 101” seminar Sunday afternoon will provide helpful advice. Be prepared to ask specific questions about construction, financing, codes, and everything else you need to know to make your project successful.
Admission is $5, with an opening night special two-for-one price on Friday, March 3. Event hours are Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Sunday will be “Deal Day,” when several exhibitors will offer exclusive one-day specials deals.