Come to the cauldron! Tickets now on sale for our annual fundraiser in downtown Johnson City with proceeds going towards local food and farms for all. This is our second year hosting a shared community fundraiser for the Appalachian RC&D Council and two programs we fiscally sponsor: Build It Up and the Foodtopia Teen Food and Farm corps. Our programs impact K-12 youth and adults across the region, from our nature and nutrition programming in Johnson City, to our Field School for beginning farmers, to the Appalachian Farmacy Coalition that’s bringing more customers to local farmers markets.  With a $25 ticket price, it’s a farm to city celebration that you will love attending. Fun, flavorful, affordable, inclusive, for all ages, is what Appalachian Fusion is all about. 

Appalachian Fusion: A Farm to City Celebration

Friday November 3rd – serving from 5:00pm-8:00pm, at the Founders downtown Pavilion, Johnson City

Doña Eva Beccera, is our guest chef this year, of Doña Eva Tamales, serving up a “Mexi-Lachia” fusion menu (set menu / prix-fixe) served from the cauldron, inspired by warm flavors from her home country of Mexico, and using seasonal local harvest. The full set menu will be announced later this month, but will include Pozole Rojo with Pork, and Harvest Veggie Tamales.

Your meal is prepared and served, under the tutelage of Eva Beccera, by the Foodtopia Teen Internship core. These teens are recruited from across Washington County to earn paid employment and gain important life skills and employability skills in local food and farmwork, overseen by Sheri Cooper at Topper Academy, thanks to a grant from the Washington County Community Foundation.


Stay tuned for updates on MENU, FARMS, MUSIC, and SPONSORS here and on facebook!

This is our second year hosting a fall fundraiser outdoors in Johnson City. Last year, 150 attendees joined us for Mountain Masala with Appalachian Curry in our harvest cauldron, overseen by Kiran Sirah.

Why Fusion? Northeast Tennessee and our Appalachian home have been a diverse melting pot for 250 years and our future sustainability and prosperity depends on a fusion of old and new: preservation and adaptation, tradition and innovation, community and globalization, expertise and youth. The ARC&D has worked this way for 24 years. Appalachian Fusion celebrates diversity and supports us in teaching farming and business skills to youth and beginning farmers, strengthening markets for local growers, and practicing food justice in northeast Tennessee.

Last Year: Local chefs donate their time at last year’s fundraiser in downtown Johnson City that we called “Mountain Masala” with Kiran Sirah and Seeyle Coombs; Namaste from the Foodtopia teen interns before the Curry went in the cauldron.

Last year 150 supporters came out for beautiful fall weather and warm curry. This year we are moving to the Pavilion, serving a Mexican-Fusion menu, and hope to have 200+ guests come out.