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‘The best of both worlds:’ Taste of Forsyth helps restaurants, customers unite
Taste of Forsyth
Chase Corley, 2, was one of the hundreds of visitors trying out new foods on Saturday at Taste of Forsyth, as Carter Corley, 6, and Emmie McGrath, 8, look on. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

The Cumming Fairgrounds was a busy place on Saturday with lots of food, three egg hunts and fun for the whole family.

Taste of Forsyth was held on Saturday at the fairgrounds, giving attendees the chance to try offerings from several restaurants at an affordable price.

Taste of Forsyth
Kids and families take part in one of three Easter egg hunts on Saturday during Taste of Forsyth at the Cumming Fairgrounds. About 30,000 eggs were used for the hunts. - photo by Kelly Whitmire
“It’s really a marketing strategy for the restaurants,” said Fairgrounds Administrator Tracy Helms. “It allows them to come here to give samples of their food and also allows the customer to taste the food without going to the restaurant and having to purchase a full meal, so it’s kind of the best of both worlds.”

While customers had the chance to try out food ranging from gyros to ice cream to barbecue, the event was also a good chance for restaurants to reach new customers. 

“This is our second year,” said Matt Smith, owner of Rosati’s Pizza and Sports Pub. “So, we kind of learned some stuff that we did last year that didn’t work and did work, so we brought it back. This year has been a huge success for us in a lot of ways, just people not realizing where we’re at – where our location is – and didn’t know that we had deep-dish pizzas. So it’s worked out good.”

Smith said the restaurant was selling small, deep-dish pizzas, Italian beef sandwiches and salads.

Lauren and Thomas Keenan said they were new to the area and the event was a good way to get acquainted with the local fare. Lauren Keenan said she tried a crab roll, and the two were looking for the next place to try. 

“We’ve only lived in Georgia a few months now. We just wanted to check it out. We’ve heard a lot of great things about Forsyth County,” Lauren Keenan said, later adding, “It’s nice to see all these different places out here.”

Perhaps just as popular as the food, especially for youngsters, were three Easter egg hunts with a total of 30,000 eggs, along with candy.

“We do three egg hunts that are divided up by age groups … we divide those up so the bigger kids aren’t with the younger kids,” Helms said. “We just spread the eggs out and blow the horn and they take off. It’s over in a matter of moments.”

Helms said he was pleased with the event’s turnout. 

“The weather has been fantastic. Blue skies are always a bonus,” he said. “It’s a little cool, but it’s dry and I think by the number of people here today, everyone’s having a fantastic time and really enjoying themselves.”