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Taste event draws crowd to fairgrounds
Williamson Bros. BBQ employee Christy Floyd serves customers during the Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by Autumn McBride

The only thing better than the weather Saturday may have been the food during the first Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway.

Organized by the city, the event drew 6,000 to 8,000 people to the Cumming Fairgrounds, officials said.

"Of course, we had great weather and we had a good variety of restaurants," said Dave Horton, fairgrounds administrator.

"We just had a good variety of food available and had some great sponsors out there."

Most of the participating eateries were local, though there were a few from outside of the county.

There was no admission fee, but dishes cost from $1 to $4 each.

A range of fare was available, from crab cakes and barbecue to bratwurst and nachos.

Desserts like ice cream, strawberry shortcake and bread pudding were also offered.

Toni Long and her family were among the hungry visitors.

"We came out for the food obviously, but we're new to the area so we came out to see what places are here that we didn't know about," Long said.

Christy Karlak and her family also wanted to discover what kind of cuisine can be found in Forsyth County.

"We're moving out to the area two weeks from now and we just wanted to get a feel for the restaurants and explore the area a little more," Karlak said.

It was Cumming's first time organizing the Taste of Forsyth, which was previously a fundraiser for a local nonprofit.

The city wanted to tap into the concept of the Hospitality Highway, better known as Ga. 400, since Cumming is at the center of the corridor.

Horton said organizers haven't talked yet about next year's event, but a few changes could be made.

"We're always looking to improve an event every year," he said.