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Flavors of Forsyth on Sunday
Event benefits United Way
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Thousands of people turned out for the 2011 Flavors of Forsyth fundraiser, which raised more than $25,000 for the United Way. - photo by File photo

If you’re going

• What: Third Annual Flavors of Forsyth benefitting United Way of Forsyth County

• When: Noon to
6 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Road

• Cost: Free admission; food tickets 50 cents each, samples range from one to three tickets

• For more information, visit www.unitedwayforsyth.com.

Looking for something to do Sunday afternoon? The United Way of Forsyth County has the ticket.

The organization will hold its third annual Flavors of Forsyth event, featuring food samples from about 40 restaurants, between noon and 6 p.m. at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

All proceeds will go to general programing of United Way, which includes some 60 initiatives throughout the county.

Leigh Crow, the United Way’s director of resource development, said last year’s Flavors of Forsyth raised about $25,000 and drew some 15,000 people.

Organizers would like to surpass those numbers if possible this year.

“Mostly we just want it to be successful, but we don’t have a specific number in mind,” said Crow, adding that it will be a fun afternoon.

“It’s something enjoyable for folks to do on a Sunday afternoon and you’re supporting a great cause by coming out and visiting with us while getting your tummies filled,” she said.

The event will feature a variety of food options.

“We’ll have Italian, Mexican, burgers, cupcakes, ice cream and frozen yogurt,” Crow said. “Some of the restaurants will be grilling out.”

She noted there also will be a kids’ zone with a number of games and activities for children, as well as an artists’ market with locals showing off handcrafted items such as paintings, jewelry and pottery.

“And of course we’ll have our music stage with live entertainment,” she said. “The band that played last year, Last Five Standing, will be back and we’ll have two new bands this year, Audio Candy and Riley Biederer.”

Flavors of Forsyth, which Crow said outgrew its former home at the nearby Avenue Forsyth shopping mall, is free to enter.

However, those wishing to sample food or participate in kids’ zone activities must buy tickets for 50 cents each. Vendors will charge between one and three tickets per sample.

Patrons can also vote on their favorites in a range of contest categories, including best appetizer/salad, dessert, booth, and fast dining, casual and fine dining entrée. People’s choice and new kid’s choice awards will also be presented.

“It’ll be fun for the kids to vote on their favorites this year,” Crow said.