If you're going
• What: Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway
• When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Fairgrounds arena, 235 Castleberry Road
• Cost: Free to enter; food samples range from $1 to $4
Where can you get Italian, Mexican and Brazilian food all on one plate?
At the Cumming Fairgrounds second annual Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway, which is set for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
Organizer Tracy Helms said the event will offer food samples from a variety of vendors throughout Forsyth and nearby counties.
“We’ve increased the number of food vendors by about 35 to 40 percent over what we had last year,” he said. “Right now we’re at right around 25, and we’re hoping to get to 30. Last year we had about 15.”
The event for several years was put on by leaders of Family Haven, Forsyth’s domestic violence shelter, as a fundraiser.
“Then for a year or two it wasn’t held and this is the second year the city of Cumming has held it,” Helms said.
He said participants will be able to try dishes such as crab cakes, fajitas, Brazilian pastries, chicken teriyaki and corn dogs, as well as desserts ranging from ice cream and cupcakes to chocolate fondue.
“It’s a wide variety,” he said. “You can get pretty much anything you want.”
Since the event falls the day before Easter, Helms said there will also be an egg hunt for children.
“We have probably over 25,000 eggs to distribute,” Helms said.
Three egg hunts, in grassy areas around the arena, will be held for children of different ages: Infants to 3-year-olds at 11:30 a.m.; ages 4-7 at 12:30 p.m.; and ages 8-10 at 1:30 p.m.
There will also be a “kids’ zone” featuring touch-a-truck areas with emergency vehicles and games.
“We’ll have live acoustic music all day and puppet shows too,” Helms added.
He noted that all the food vendors will be set up inside the arena.
Food samples will range in price from $1 to $4, with vendors only excepting cash.
“We won’t have any ATMs there, so it’s important for people to come with plenty of cash,” Helms said. “It is a free event with free parking, but they’ll need cash for the food samples.”
He said the event is ideal for lunch or dinner, or both.
“It’s a great way to try new restaurants that you’ve maybe never been to before,” he said. “You can get full on a bunch of different things without spending a lot of money.”