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Weekend edition April 21, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Film, food, and flower festivals

Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region.

Dollywood Food & Flower Festival begins

Celebrating its fourth season in 2023, the much-celebrated Food & Flower Festival transforms Dollywood into a breathtaking display of Mother Nature’s finest handiwork. Elaborate floral installations emerge around every corner, translating nature into living art, each coming together to create an unbelievable presentation of color and wonder.

While admiring the vivid colors blooming throughout the park, guests also can explore a menu crafted with inspiration from fresh spring flavors and Smoky Mountain flair. Returning for this year is the tasting pass, which allows guests to partake in multiple food items at different festival locations.

Presented by Covenant Health, this event runs at the park from April 21 – June 11. Find many more details and get tickets here.

Knoxville comedian, underwear brand giving cash to female entrepreneurs

Vanity Fair® Lingerie has partnered with Knoxville comedian Leanne Morgan to provide support for women in a brand-new way this year.

Inspired by Morgan’s message for women to get started on whatever makes them happy, Vanity Fair® Lingerie created the “Vanity Fair® Lingerie Support Award,” designed to give five women a jumpstart on pursuing their passions by providing each with a $5,000 cash award.

Women who are interested in submitting an entry for this award can create a submission to enter here for a chance to win.

Women in Tech Networking Happy Hour next week

Make new connections with the women in Knoxville’s tech community! The Knoxville Technology Council’s Women in Tech will be gathering for a laidback happy hour at Bluetick Tavern in Maryville from 4:30 to  6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

Enjoy come-and-go networking in a relaxed, business casual atmosphere with appetizers and drinks generously provided by sponsor Patriot Talent Solutions.

Kids and families are welcome. Make sure to reserve your free spot here.

Dates announced for FILM FEST KNOX

Visit Knoxville announces FILM FEST KNOX will be held November 10–12, 2023, at the Regal Riviera in downtown Knoxville in partnership with Regal.

A major component of the festival is the Feature Competition. Out of the many films screened during the festival, six of the feature films will be curated to compete against each other for the title of best feature. The winner of the Feature Competition will receive an Oscar-qualifying theatrical release at a Regal theatre to be determined.

FILM FEST KNOX will also be launching the “Elev8or Pitch” as part of the festival’s events. A jury of film industry professionals will evaluate team submissions of a one-minute elevator pitch for a feature film followed by a seven-minute standalone short. This short will represent a proof-of-concept for the full-length production. The top 20 teams will have their films screened in a block during the festival. Awards for various categories will be presented on the final night of the festival.

Tickets will go on sale in July. More details on FILM FEST KNOX will continue to be provided in 2023 at

real hot yoga expands to West Coast

Knoxville-based real hot yoga, a hot yoga studio, is bringing the heat to the West Coast with a new location in Utah.

real hot yoga opened its first location in 2012 in Knoxville. Since launching the Franchise in 2020, the brand has a total of 12 units under its umbrella- consisting of 6 corporate units and 6 franchisees.

real hot yoga currently has many attractive territories available for single and multiple-unit franchisees to develop. With low startup costs and unparalleled support of the founding owners- a franchisee can reap the benefits of learning how to follow a business model that has been proven successful in various sized cities and markets and continue to positively impact lives across the country.

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