Despite the dreary weather on Saturday, locals come out to hunt Easter eggs, play games and try food from several local restaurants for one of the fairgrounds’ most anticipated events of the year.
Attendees and restaurant officials didn’t let cold, wet and windy weather slow them down for the annual Taste of Forsyth on Saturday, which gave customers a chance to try smaller portions from a variety of eateries in Forsyth County and the city of Cumming.
“I think it’s great to let people know about some restaurants that might be around that they didn’t even known about and say, “Hey, that was pretty good. I need to go check that out,’” said Mayor Troy Brumbalow. “Anytime we can get the community out and gathered and having a good time, that’s a success.”
Brumbalow said the event had a good turnout “considering the weather,” many of whom came out for age-specific egg hunts for kids.
“We had all the different restaurants with different tastings and three Easter egg hunts,” he said. “I believe there were about 30,000 eggs put out for different times for different age groups of kids.”
Along with the food and egg hunts, the event offered inflatables, live entertainment, prizes and other festivities.
For Sam and Nicole Vesser of Sugar Hill, the event gave them a chance to try out some Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q and their 3-year-old son Lincoln a chance to check out a fire truck.
“I think it’s great,” Sam Vesser. “That’s why we came out here, to get out of the house – even if the weather isn’t the best right now.
Nicha Pramrutairat, with Thai Basil Kitchen, said there was some benefit to the bad weather, as the restaurant offered some fan favorites for customers.
“We brought fresh cooked Thai food, authentic Thai food,” she said. “We’ve got panang curry chicken, pad kra pow with chicken, then we’re doing some shrimp dumplings and spring rolls.
“People like it, especially with the weather today. It’s kind of like they want some warm food, some comfort food.”
Pramrutairat said this was the third year Thai Basil Kitchen had a booth at the event.
The booth for Marie’s Italian Deli offered meatball and sausage sliders and mini cannolis, which Annette Schumann said were based on recipes from her grandmother. Schumann said Taste of Forsyth was great for customers to find restaurants and vice versa.
“It’s been a really great response,” she said. “A lot of people know us already, but the ones who don’t are just so happy that we’re here. They’re enjoying our food and finding out about us. We’re a nice little family restaurant.”