Spring has finally sprung and that means food festival season in metro Atlanta! Whether you are a foodie or not, food festivals are wonderful ways to enjoy the season and city. There’s entertainment like music and I really love how so many of the participants in food festivals go all out decorating their booths. So here’s the scoop on Taste of Alpharetta and why you don’t want to miss it!
Taste of Alpharetta is Thursday, May 4. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. The event will be at in downtown Alpharetta on Milton Avenue and Roswell Street. Although it is unusual to have a ‘taste of’ festival on a Thursday, I think it is genius to hold it on a Thursday! Everyone is pumped for the weekend and it’s a terrific idea to enjoy a weeknight evening.
Still, the Taste of Alpharetta is still expected to be a heavy turnout. Around 60,000 are expected to attend. So, make sure to get there early so you can taste the best! Plus, there is plenty of free parking at the nearby parking decks.
What: Taste of Alpharetta
Where: Downtown Alpharetta on Milton Avenue and Roswell Street
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5 – 10 p.m.
Cost: Free admission, Tastes are $1-$3
The Taste of Alpharetta will have chef competitions from 5 – 7:30 pm this year. There will be music from 5:30 until about 9 p.m. And there’s plenty for the kiddos to do. There will be rides, face painting, rock climbing, and more.
Reasons I love Taste of Alpharetta:
• It’s in the evening so temperatures are cool.
• Good turnout but not overcrowded (no one likes waiting in long lines)
• Lots of entertainment for adults and kids
• Creative options for food samplings
• Generous “taste” portions
A separate Culinary Competition Stage will have top area chefs face off against one another in five categories – Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Casual, Best Fine Dining, Best Presentation and Best Dessert. Award winners are presented at approximately 8:30 p.m. Of course, you’ll want to cast your vote too in the People’s Choice Award at the Culinary Competition Stage prior to 7 p.m. Admission is free taste tickets can be purchased at the event with cash or credit card. An Average ‘taste’ is between $ 1.00 and $3.00 or 2 to 6 tickets.
Come hungry! See y’all there!
Malika Bowling is Alpharetta’s Culinary Insider and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Atlanta. She has been featured on HGTV, The Huffington Post and USA Today. She’s served as a judge at many culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta.