IF YOU GO
What: Father's Day Brews & Bluegrass at Chattanooga Market
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 16
Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd.
ON THE EPB STAGE
• 11:30 p.m. Slim Pickins
• 2 p.m. Bluegrass Pharaohs
Mom enjoyed her special day at Chattanooga Market, and now it's Dad's turn. On Sunday, June 16, fathers will be honored at the Market's Father's Day Brews & Bluegrass.
Whether Dad enjoys a cold beer and bluegrass or perusing the wares and foods of the dozens of vendors, the Market offers dads an afternoon of shopping, food and entertainment.
Providing the "Brews" portion of the day will be five local brewers selling individual samples and flights of local beers. They are: McHale Brewhouse, Terminal Brewhouse, Big River Grille & Brewing Co., Moccasin Bend Brewing Co. and Chattanooga Brewing Co.
"How many people wake up in the morning and say, 'Hey, Dad, let's go shopping?' 'That's why we invited the local breweries for dads on Father's Day Brews & Bluegrass. We want them to enjoy their day," says Paul Smith, Chattanooga Market general manager.
To further whet the appetite, says spokeswoman Melissa Siragusa, patrons can plan a home-cooked dinner using fresh meats, produce and cheeses from local growers and food artisans at the Market.
"Plenty of food trucks and local eateries will be in the Market Cafe for lunch options on Sunday as well," she says.
Siragusa says visitors might be surprised by how many good gifts for dads can be found from the vendors, such as goat milk soap for shaving, wood carving boards, handmade wood-carved pens and leather items.
Another highlight of the day is the Lego build presented by Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Chattanooga Area.
"The dads can get down on the floor at the Market and play with their kids," Smith says. "You pay $5 and get 30 minutes to build your structure. At the end of the day, they raffle off one of those huge Lego toys. It's a lot of fun."
Moms are welcome to take part too. The event raises money for the organization that provides homes for families in need.
"WTCI-TV, our local PBS affiliate, is now on-site every Sunday with iPads and educational games for kids of all ages," Sirgusa says. "Building of the world's largest MoonPie takes place Sunday as well."
Providing the "Bluegrass" will be Chattanooga bands Slim Pickins and Bluegrass Pharaohs.
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Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...