Weekend event hosts local flavor
by Matt Shinall
Oct 10, 2011 | 2581 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Taste of Cartersville showcases some of the best food area restaurants offer and live entertainment. This fall’s event is Saturday downtown from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
The Taste of Cartersville showcases some of the best food area restaurants offer and live entertainment. This fall’s event is Saturday downtown from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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Festival goers won't have to stray far from home Saturday for entertainment as Taste of Cartersville returns to historic downtown.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the culinary event will offer guests a lineup of entertainment and a smorgasbord of local cuisine. Restaurants and caterers from across Bartow will be on-site serving up appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts.

"We think we'll have something everybody -- no matter your age -- will enjoy, whether it's soul food or barbecue or just trying a bunch of deserts and everything in between. It's really just showcasing some of the best food in Bartow County," said Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Director Liz Hood.

Taste of Cartersville began five years ago and has grown in popularity since. The first year, vendors ran out of food with an unexpected crowd turning out for the event originally designed solely for downtown establishments.

"We expanded it to any restaurant or caterer in Bartow County, so it really gives you a Buy Bartow event as well. We're showcasing a lot of great restaurants and caterers," Hood said, also noting the timing allows for guests to consider holiday food needs. "It's a good opportunity to see what's out there and start thinking about the holidays and all yearlong to buy Bartow."

The event is now held twice a year as this April saw the first spring Taste of Cartersville paired with Art on the Square. Saturday's Taste of Cartersville will host 15 local restaurants and caterers with a range of food available for sample, including barbecue, brisket, chicken, wings, pizza, Brunswick stew, shrimp, Italian sausage, fried fish, fried pickles, cupcakes, cookies, banana pudding, peach cobbler and more.

Sample tickets will be on sale for 50 cents to $3. There is no admission for entertainment acts, which includes fashion shows from downtown boutiques, music groups, an improvised comedy sketch and the Atlanta Braves Street Team.

Evelyn Waters, owner of Food for the Soul, is looking forward to her first appearance at the bi-annual event. Her restaurant, currently located at 233 Market Place Blvd. in the Walmart shopping center, serves country cooking, samples of which will be on hand Saturday.

"It's one of the popular events here in Cartersville, so to be a part of the community, I thought it would be a great opportunity for my restaurant and to get out there and network with local businesses and people in the community," Waters said. "It will be a good opportunity to get our name out there, let people know who we are and what type of food we serve.

"I hope to let Cartersville know who we are and that we appreciate all the love and support we've gotten."

At the event, Waters also hopes to spread the word of their upcoming move. Food for the Soul is planning to relocate to the Main Street shopping center near Wells Fargo, in the location formally occupied by The Meating Place.

If you go:

What: Taste of Cartersville

Where: Friendship Plaza in downtown Cartersville

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: Samples will range in price from 50 cents to $3

More info: 770-607-3480