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ALPHARETTA - Taste of Alpharetta returns May 2 with a new beer garden, a locally grown vendor area and food from many of the city’s newest restaurants in Downtown Alpharetta.
In addition to a locally grown area of agricultural organizations, the new beer garden will feature locally brewed beer. Many of the city’s newest restaurants will also be participating for the first time this year such as Citizen Soul, Coalition Food & Beverage, Holmes Restaurant, Maple Street Biscuit Company, Shade Street Food and Vitality Bowls.
"Taste of Alpharetta is great way to meet new guests that may not have wondered down to our end of the street," Phillip Cooper, owner of Citizen Soul said. "As one of the newest members of the Alpharetta restaurant community, it's very important to put our best foot forward and highlight our unique offerings and what sets us apart from most."
Food connoisseurs will also get to sample food from other participating restaurants, including Another Broken Egg Café, Four Fat Cows, South Main Kitchen and Favors and Flavors Cajun Twist.
In addition to the newest features, chefs will face off for culinary competitions and patrons will be able to cast their vote for their favorite dish. Live bands will enhance the summer air as foodies stroll through the streets of downtown, and kids can make memories in the Fun Zones.
The event attracts more than 35,000 festivalgoers and encompasses Milton Avenue and Roswell, Old Roswell and Old Canton streets.
Taste of Alpharetta is an annual favorite and has grown into one of the city’s largest tourism assets.
With previous distinctions in 2015, 2017 and 2018, the event was once again chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2019, drawing attendees from around the Southeast each year to experience a Taste of Alpharetta’s culinary offerings.
“Taste of Alpharetta has become a signature event for our community, offering a unique opportunity to experience more than 60 Alpharetta restaurants in one place and all on one night,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“This event is one of my favorites in the community and has become an annual tradition for festival goers and food connoisseurs over the years. We invite and welcome individuals, families, foodies and festival lovers to join us and experience a taste of Alpharetta’s unique and chef-driven restaurants at this special event you don’t want to miss.”
Admission to Taste of Alpharetta is free with food tickets available for purchase at 50 cents each. Attendees can use tickets to buy samples from the various restaurants ranging from 50 cents to $4. For more information about Taste of Alpharetta, visit awesomealpharetta.com.