When we arrived at Rossini Festival, we parkedwith ease in the State Street Parking Garage (free on nights and weekends). We did a loop through the festival to get the lay of the land, while scoping out lunch plans. While the food offered from the vendors looked amazing, we opted for a downtown Knoxville staple, Downtown Grill and Brewery. Luckily, we were able to sit on the patio, too! I had a cheeseburger, fries and house salad with 1000 island dressing. Brandon had the club sandwich with onion rings. All good choices!
After lunch, we did another loop through the festival, this time paying closer attention to the booths and vendors. We observed greek food, hibachi food, tacos, a lemonade stand and pizza in a cone! There were also multiple artisans selling homemade jewelry, hand blown glass pieces and artisans doing demonstrations of wood carving, leather working and weaving.