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Taste of Forsyth set for April 19 at fairgrounds
The annual Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway returns to the Cumming Fairgrounds on April 19. - photo by FCN file photo

If you’re going

* What: Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway

* When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 19

* Where: Cumming Fairgrounds covered arena area, 235 Castleberry Road

* Cost: Free parking and admission; food samples range from $1 to $4

* Also: Any vendors that might want to attend should call JRM Management at (770) 423-1330.

CUMMING — Cumming Fairgrounds leaders are hoping the public will work up a big appetite over the week or so. 

Visitors to the annual Taste of Forsyth Along the Hospitality Highway will certainly need one.

Now in its fourth year, the event — set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 19 in and around the fairgrounds’ covered arena — offers a wide range of family-friendly fun.

“This is a great event because there really is something for everyone,” said Tracy Helms with the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Besides samples from about 25 different area food vendors, Taste of Forsyth will also offer “touch-a-truck” and “kids’ zone” areas for children to enjoy.

There will also be live music and other local entertainment.

And the communitywide Easter egg hunt, which began a couple of years ago due to the event’s timing just before the spring holiday, will continue this year. 

“Families always love Easter egg hunts,” Helms said. “That has been immensely popular since we started it.”

Helms said three different hunts will be held, each for a different age group.

The egg hunt for ages 3 and younger will begin at 11:30 a.m., while those for ages 4 to 7 will start at 12:30 p.m. and for ages 8 to 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Also going along with the Easter theme, this year families will be able to enjoy free photos with the Easter Bunny from 1 to 3 p.m.

While children will enjoy all the Easter festivities, people of all ages will find plenty of food samples to munch on.

Peter Jezerinac with JRM Management Services, which is organizing the event, said there will be numerous food genres to choose from.

“We have a Jamaican restaurant that has amazing jerk chicken kabobs, there’s gyros, there’s barbecue and pizza,” he said. “And if you have a sweet tooth, there’s ice cream, cupcakes, deep-fried brownies … pretty much anything and everything you could want will be there.”

Those planning to attend need to bring cash since vendors will sell samples between $1 and $4 in whole dollar amounts, although parking and admission are free.

“So some samples will be $1, some $2, $3 or $4,” said Jezerinac, adding that there are still a few vendor spots available if any Forsyth restaurants are interested.

“We’re almost full, but we would be willing to make room for more local establishments that might want to attend,” he said, noting they can contact JRM Management.

Organizers are excepting big crowds for the event, which has continued to grow each year.

“Last year we had around 15,000 people come through and we’re anticipating even more for this year,” Jezerinac said.