At a glance
The Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway will be from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 9 at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $5,000. Restaurants have until the end of March to confirm their attendance. Sponsors and restaurant owners should contact Tracy Helms at (770) 781-3491.
Previously a fundraiser for Family Haven domestic violence shelter, the city of Cumming has adopted Taste of Forsyth.
The popular event, renamed Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway, invites restaurants from across the county to share samples of their dishes. The fare is sold to attendees for a low price.
Dave Horton, Cumming Fairgrounds Administrator, said the city wanted to play into the Hospitality Highway idea since Cumming is "the center" of Ga. Hwy. 400.
"If you look at the length of 400, we and Alpharetta truly are right at the center of the highway," he said.
Horton noted that incorporating the Hospitality Highway into the event's name may also lead to greater participation.
"It could potentially lead to some sponsors and restaurants outside of the county possibly wanting to take part," he said.
Tracy Helms, the fairgrounds events coordinator, said about "80 to 90 percent" of all restaurants in Forsyth have been contacted about participating in the event, which is set for April 9.
"They have until the end of the month to confirm if they're going to come or not," he said.
Fairgrounds leaders are also seeking sponsors.
Sponsorship opportunities range from bronze, at $500, up to presenting sponsor, at $5,000.
Helms said in addition to the tasting samples, which will range from $1 to $4 each, the day will also feature a "kids' zone" with inflatables, bungees, games and police and fire vehicles.
There will also be live entertainment, he said.
"We're very excited about it," Helms said. "It's not been done for a couple of years, so the fairgrounds took the reins and decided to run with.
"It'll be a great event for everyone."