Prepare your taste buds for the 24th Annual Taste of Alpharetta onThursday, May 8 in historic downtown Alpharetta, 2 South Main Street, from 5-10 p.m.  With 50,000 families, food lovers and festival-goers in attendance, over 60 gourmet food options, live music, and food competitions, the Taste of Alpharetta is the Southeast’s most anticipated dining festival.  In addition to the great food, patrons will enjoy a culinary competition, live music and family-friendly Fun Zone areas.
Admission is free and patrons can purchase food and activity tickets - 10 tickets for $5. Tickets are redeemed at participating restaurant booths for a wide selection of tastes that will range from $.50 - $3 per sample or can also be used in the events family-friendly Fun Zones for a variety of activities ranging from pony rides and rock climbing walls, to inflatable’s, balloon art and henna tattoos. For a full listing of the 2014 participating restaurants, visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.
“Alpharetta is becoming a shopping and dining destination,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.” We invite all foodies and festival lovers out to this event to have a taste of Alpharetta’s unique and chef-driven restaurants”
After filling up on delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts at the festival, plan to spend an event-packed weekend enjoying some of the awesome things Alpharetta has to offer its visitors.  Learn how to make some of your new favorite dishes with a trip to Georgia’s only Publix Apron’s Cooking School where you can have a once in a lifetime culinary experience. Learn from cooking celebrities and renowned restaurant chefs, or focus on a particular cuisine, technique, pairing topic or occasion.  Classes are also available for children or teens.   Sign up for a two or two and a half hour long class and take home new ideas and recipes. For more information on Taste of Alpharetta or Alpharetta hotels, events and restaurants visit www.awesomealpharetta.com
Schedule of Events
Music Stage
5:30 p.m. -   The Shadowboxers
7:15 p.m. -   Mayor & City Council / Sponsors
7:30 p.m. -   Rosco Bandana
8:30 p.m. -   Culinary Competition Awards
Culinary Competitions (Located on Roswell Street): 
From 5 - 7:30 p.m. Culinary Competitions will heat up Roswell Street.   A separate Culinary Stage diagonally across from the Music Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in contests for Best Salad/Appetizer, Best Fast Casual Entree, Best Fine Dining Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Presentation and Best Booth. Atlanta Eats TV and radio host, Mara Davis, will emcee the culinary competition stage.

People’s Choice Awards (Located on Roswell Street at the Culinary Stage): 
Ballots will be available at the Culinary Stage through 7pm. There are no judging guidelines for this category. The restaurant with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award.

Fun Zones (located on Old Roswell and Old Canton Streets):
Titanic, Fire Truck, Cars 5 in 1 Combo, Monster Jeep, 24’ Dual Extreme Slide, Dragon Obstacle Course, Double Decker Bus, Pirate Ship Adventure, Jurassic Adventure, Noah’s Ark, Carousel Bounce, Popcorn, Hoops, Titanic, Temple of Doom Obstacle Course, Speed Throw, Ironman Obstacle Course, 24’ Dual Slide, Adventure course II, Adventure Course I and King Kong’s Revenge, Guitar Hero, Train, Rock Climbing and much more! Children can also enjoy wacky hair, face painting, balloon art, henna art and sand art.
Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau serves as the official destination marketing organization for the city of Alpharetta, promoting tourism and attracting visitors to all 23 of Alpharetta’s upscale and modern hotels. Visit awesomealpharetta.com for more information.



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