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Bagel truck, brew bread among many tastes at Main Street Festival


Bagel truck, brew bread among many tastes at Main Street Festival

By SARAH KINGSBURY

For the tens of thousands who visit the Main Street Festival in Franklin, there will be more to eat than just funnel cakes and corn dogs, although there will be plenty of that too.

For the tens of thousands who visit the Main Street Festival in Franklin, there will be more to eat than just funnel cakes and corn dogs, although there will be plenty of that too.

Crowd favorites like the Pork Chop Express and Ace’s Kettle Corn will return, as will 24-year vendor Original Corn Roast, but festivalgoers will also get a chance to sample some new flavors.

Franklin’s shift into a “foodie town” has prompted unique new vendors to set up shop at the event this year, said Rene Evans, vendor relations manager for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, the festival’s organizer.  

A Nashville-based food truck started a few weeks ago by two New Yorkers will be serving up fresh bagels during the two-day weekend festival. It will be the largest event to date for Bare Naked Bagel, which is the brainchild of Justin Buttner and Robert Kane, who were roommates at a state college in New York. Buttner moved to Nashville with his wife three years ago and recently convinced Kane to follow suit.

“We saw a need for a New York-style bagel, especially one that was mobile,” Buttner said.

Kane, who is the chef in the duo, makes the chewy creations and accompanying cream cheese from scratch, adding locally sourced honey to give the bagels a sweeter texture. New York water has been credited as the key that makes bagels in that state so tasty, but Kane has a few tricks of his own to recreate them for southerners.

“One of the processes of authentic New York bagels is boiling them before baking them, so we add a few things to the water to kind of enhance the poaching of the bagel before baking,” he said.

The food truck also serves sandwiches, such as a grilled marinated chicken concoction with lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic aioli. The sandwich has a lemon-herb marinade that is a regional staple from the Endicott area of upstate New York.

“We’re bringing flavors of our past and what we grew up eating and kind of tweaking them to make it fit as a bagel sandwich,” Kane said.

Bare Naked Bagel will be parked on the northeast side of Franklin’s downtown square.

For those who prefer to handle their own dough, a Nashville startup that sells packaged brew bread just add beer will be selling their products and giving away samples.

SoberDough is a mother-son operated artisan handmade bread mix company that started last summer. This will be their first year at Main Street Festival but the owners started selling the product at Savory Spice Shop in downtown Franklin a few weeks ago.

The company combines 23-year-old Jordan Hawbaker’s love of craft beer with his mother’s love of baking. Veronica Hawbaker refers to herself as the “chief baking officer” while her son handles the business side. She weighs and mixes each bag by hand.

“It’s been around as long as bread, but no one has really brought it back into the market, especially with the craft beer industry booming the way it is,” she said.

For a non-alcoholic version, carbonated water works just as well. The process is as simple as mixing liquid with bread mix then sticking it in the oven for 45 minutes, Veronica Hawbaker said.

“No kneading or rising, just pour, stir, bake,” she said.

The seven mixes sell for $7.95-$8.95 per package. All flavors will be available to sample at the festival, including green chile cheddar and buffalo wing. SoberDough will set up between Savory Spice Shop and Gray’s on Main Street.

The Franklin Main Street Festival, now in its 31st year, runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with street dancing continuing on Fourth Avenue until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and on Sunday, April 27, from noon to 6 p.m. About 130,000 visitors are expected this year.

The following concessions vendors will be preparing and selling food on site (not including vendors selling packaged items): Puckett’s Trolley, Repicci’s Italian Ice, Milos Foods, Pork Chop Express, Wild Bill’s Soda, Begley’s Dogs (two locations), Maui Wowie, Sno Ball Heaven, The Nut Hut, Stroud’s BBQ, Bare Naked Bagel, Uncle Bud’s, Eatbox food truck (gourmet meatballs), Papa Doo and Mama D, Texas Smoked Sausage, Tropical Fruit, Woolson’s Concessions, Ace’s Kettle Corn, Original Corn Roast, European Delight, Kona Ice, Dippin’ Dots, Apple Mountain Fried Pies, Sunshine Oasis, Ellie’s Doughnuts.

Road closures

Downtown road closures will start Friday. Small sections of Fourth Avenue north and south will close at 5 a.m. Friday. Main Street from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue will close at 10 p.m. Friday and remains closed to vehicle traffic through about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors coming from Nashville to the festival Sunday should be prepared for a rolling roadblock that will cause major delays on Interstate 65 south. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will be setting steel beams from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 27, during which time all lanes will be slowed to allow workers to lift the beams over the interstate as part of a widening at the Goose Creek Bypass and Peytonsville Road interchange. The roadblocks will cover a nine-mile stretch from Concord Road in Brentwood to Exit 61 in Franklin. 

Several downtown streets will be closed during the festival. A shuttle service offered by the Franklin Transit Authority will provide transportation with free parking at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on Franklin Road and The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road. Shuttle rides are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children and seniors. Both sides will operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Only the Harlinsdale site will operate Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m.

Entertainment schedule:

Saturday, April 26

First Tennessee Stage

9:30 a.m. Recorded music plays

9:45 a.m. Marty Crum’s Bluegrass Allstars

9:50 a.m. Ribbon Cutting

10 a.m. Ann Carroll School of Dance

11:15 a.m. Columbia State’s Commercial Entertainment Program Performers

11:30 p.m. Irish School of Dance

12 p.m. Franklin School of Performing Arts           

1 p.m. Fellowship School of Dance

2 p.m. The Main Stage Music & Dance Studio Allstars

2:45 p.m. Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”

3:45 p.m. John England & The Western Swingers

5 p.m. Annabelle’s Curse 

Fourth Avenue North Stage

10 a.m. Marty Crum’s Bluegrass Allstar’s

11 a.m. Oak View Jump Rope Team

11:30 a.m. Moore Elementary “Eagle Force” Jump Rope Team

Noon Leiper’s Fork Bluegrass

1:20 p.m. County Line

2:15 p.m. Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters

3:30 p.m. Jonas Litton

4:40 p.m. Ward-Thomas            

6 p.m. Jackson Wells  

8-10 p.m. The Devonshires Fourth Avenue Street Dance

Beer Tent Stage

11 a.m. Aaron Till

1:15 p.m. Dusty Hundley

3:30 p.m. Randy Moore

5:45 p.m. Jim Hayden

7:30 p.m. Dennis O’Rourke

Sunday, April 27

First Tennessee Stage

12:15 p.m. Trademark

1:15 p.m. Praise Pickers

2:15 p.m. Williamson County “Jazz Rock Youth Group”

3:15 p.m. Centennial High School Show Choir

4:30 p.m. Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”

12:30 p.m. Buck Sixx

2:30 p.m. Tayla Lynn

4:30 p.m. The Matte Gray Band

Noon Nick Smith

1:30 p.m. Kira Small

4 p.m. Bomb Squad

Sarah Kingsbury covers Franklin for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at sarah@franklinhomepage.com.

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