Cartersville festival offers taste of local flair
by Mark Andrews
Apr 07, 2011 | 4003 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During last  year’s Taste of Cartersville, a favorite gathering place for eating and meeting was the fountain. This year more food and activities are planned for the April 30 event.
SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
During last year’s Taste of Cartersville, a favorite gathering place for eating and meeting was the fountain. This year more food and activities are planned for the April 30 event. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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The Cartersville Downtown Development Authority on Saturday, April 30, will host the fifth-annual Taste of Cartersville, a community-wide event featuring food, art, entertainment and free admission.

"[Taste of Cartersville] is the one big event everyone comes out for," said Sandy Lusk, special events coordinator for the DDA. "[The event] is totally free as far as admission and it's all family friendly."

The event will feature vendors from a variety of local restaurants selling samples ranging in price from 50 cents to $3. Last year, the event hosted about 20 vendors.

Hungry patrons can work up their appetite beginning at 11 a.m. with the new Art on the Square -- sponsored by the Booth Western Art Museum -- at Friendship Plaza.

"Several years ago there were art shows here in Cartersville and people have been asking for us to bring that back, so we're featuring local artists," Lusk said.

Participating artists will range from sculptors to photographers and will have the option of selling their work.

"We really want to have participating artists spaced around town like in front of The Grand Theatre, some of the shops on Main Street and under the bridge to draw some of the crowd into the shops and to the merchants and things because we'll have a huge amount of people in town," Lusk said, "and the main reason for [the event] is to bring people downtown and expose them to how quaint and charming the city is and see what all is available [downtown]."

At noon, vendors will be open for business across the street from the courthouse, children can enjoy activities and a bounce house at the Kid's Corner and entertainment will take the stage.

Entertainment is scheduled to include the Cartersville School of Ballet, Randall Mullinax and Savannah Lowery, who was named Woodland Idol in 2010.

"This whole area will be covered up with food and festivities," Lusk said.

To help make sure the streets of downtown aren't covered up with litter, the DDA has arranged for a recycling system through a local business.

"We have major sponsorship by ATR [Applied Thermoplastics Resources] here in Cartersville, and they'll be doing a huge push with recycling at festivals like this because it does generate a lot of trash, and all the bottles of bottled water that end up here will be taken back to ATR and recycled and turned into carpet," Lusk said.

There will be free parking throughout downtown, but Lusk said it will be first-come, first-served due to space.

Kari Hodge, owner of Swheat Market Deli, has participated in the event since its inception. She said a menu for this year's event will not be determined until a later date, but previous items included chicken salad, pinto bean soup and vegetable pinwheels.

"I just think [Taste of Cartersville] is a great time to get out and see the community and offer a taste of your food for everybody to come out and enjoy," Hodge said. "It's just a really good opportunity for some networking."

For information regarding entrance fees for artists or restaurants wishing to participate, contact Lusk at 770-607-3596. Another Taste of Cartersville will be held Oct. 15.