ALBANY -- It's time to get cooking.
"Taste of Home" is coming to the Good Life City to host its annual cooking school event Thursday at the Albany Civic Center.
The event will feature Michelle Roberts, a culinary specialist with "Taste of Home." This will be the fifth year the show has come to Albany.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. for vendor shopping with the show planned to start at 6 p.m. During the two-hour event, Roberts is expected to demonstrate 10 new recipes ranging from breakfast dishes to deserts to main dishes.
"Everyone takes home a Taste of Home Cooking School Brand Name Cookbook, coupons and product samples," said Mary Bickerstaff, advertising representative at The Albany Herald, of the event in a statement. "Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening."
The Herald is the local sponsor for the event.
The gift bags to be given out will contain an assortment of items such as two "Taste of Home" magazines. In addition, the giveaways will include food prepared on-stage.
Royal Collection is also expected to do a fashion show at the event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Admission to the cooking school is $10 plus a canned food item to be donated to the Second Harvest of South Georgia. The vendors that are set to be present include ABC Nursery, Carroll's Sausage and Meats, Oro World Jewelers, Central Monitoring, among others.
Last year's event sold 500 tickets, a mark that had not been hit for this year's show as of Thursday. There are a total of 1,000 tickets available.
The show is part of a national tour. Similar events are planned for Oct. 14 at the Columbus Civic Center and for Nov. 2 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.
"It's always a very popular show," said Roberts in a phone interview Thursday. "People love our recipes; they are down to earth and favorable. They are very easy to do.
"It's a fun night out. There will be something for everybody."
While the show has a good following, the primary motivation for continuing to do the event is to spread enthusiasm for the hobby.
"I love coming; I love to share my love of cooking," Roberts said. "We want everyone to be excited about cooking."
The sponsors on the national level are Chex, Campbell's, Gallo Family Vineyards, King Arthur, Kitchen Basics, Morton Salt and Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust.
For more information on the show, visit www.tasteofhome.com.