If you're going
What: Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Cumming Fairgrounds arena, 235 Castleberry Road
Cost: Free to enter; food samples range from $1 to $4
About 25 food vendors will provide samples for the public at Saturday’s Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway.
The food-centered event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Organizer Tracy Helms said samples will be sold directly from vendors, ranging in price from $1 to $4 each. Only cash will be accepted.
“We originally thought we wouldn’t have ATMs onsite, but we’ll be able to offer those after all,” Helms said.
He also noted that pets will not be allowed at the event, which will take place inside the facility’s arena.
The city of Cumming adopted the event last year, previously held as a fundraiser for Family Haven, a local domestic violence shelter.
Helms said about 15 vendors took part in 2011, and many of them will return Saturday.
Cinda Reid of Ice Cream Social on Bethelview Road said she’s looking forward to the event.
“We had a great time last year,” she said. “It was a beautiful day and we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout … it was just the perfect day for it. Hopefully it’ll be the same this year.”
Reid plans once again to bring samples of several types of ice cream, as well as candies and cupcakes.
“I’m not sure what flavors [of ice cream] we’ll have this year, but we’ll definitely have the old standbys of chocolate and vanilla, and some other fun flavors,” she said.
Randall Bowman, owner of Deep South BBQ, will also return Saturday.
He said he’ll offer barbecue classics like beef brisket, pulled pork and baked beans, as well as some unique items.
“We’ll also have turkey legs and barbecue lasagna,” he said. “We want to bring some things people haven’t seen before.”
Other vendors will offer cuisine ranging from Mexican and Italian to Brazilian and Chinese.
The event will also feature several Easter egg hunts for children: at 11:30 a.m. for children ages 3 and younger; at 12:30 p.m. for ages 4-7; and at 1:30 p.m. for ages 8-10.
There will also be a “kids’ zone,” including games and touch-a-truck areas with emergency vehicles, live music and puppet shows.
Bowman said he hopes plenty of people will come out.
“Interactive events are what people really like now,” he said. “Hopefully people will get to come out and try a lot of things they might not get to otherwise.”