Asked what Douceur de France will be bringing to the food festival this year, Malika Safar rattled off an impressive list.
“There will be crepes with fruit or preserves, mini sandwiches on fresh baked baguettes and croissants, petit fours, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and Bourdalone, which is a pear tart,” Douceur’s general manager said.
“The sandwiches will be chicken salad, tuna salad, marinated chicken, turkey, ham and Brie cheese. And we will have almond flour macaroons. . . ”
“With lemon curd filling,” pastry decorator Kayla Rayo chimed in with a grin.
This is just one example of why it’s always advisable to go to Taste of Roswell hungry. There is so much to sample at this veritable smorgasbord of food items from Roswell restaurants, held annually on the historic town square.
Those with food sensitivities will have some choices. Gluten Free Cutie, which opened on Park Square on Valentine’s Day this year, is a 100 percent gluten free bakery, with dye free, egg free, soy free, peanut free and dairy free options.
Owner and baker Natalie Dorsey said even people who don’t have food allergies like her products. “They like the taste and the fact that it’s healthier. We don’t use as much sugar or anything refined or genetically modified.”
She’ll have mini whoopee pies and mini pumpkin cupcakes at her festival booth, but a full selection of items can be purchased at her store, which is just steps away from the square.
This year’s Taste of Roswell is Oct. 20 from noon to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free; food tickets are 50 cents each. Food is priced from 50 cents to $3.
In addition to Douceur de France and Gluten Free Cutie, participating eateries include Brookwood Grill, Fickle Pickle Café, Cookies By Design, Coldbrews Sports Bar & Grill, Dogwood Café at Doubletree by Hilton, Shane’s Rib Shack, El Porton Mexican Restaurant, Plum Café, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Edible Arrangements – Roswell, Sugo Restaurant and Tapas and Rita’s Italian Ice.
Votes from the public will be collected in several categories, such as favorite food item, best decorated booth, friendliest and the best of the Taste.
In addition to food, there will be a hula hoop contest, bean bag toss, face painting and music by DJ Greg Talmadge. Festivalgoers can burn off some of their caloric intake by joining in line dancing, the hokey pokey and electric slide. There will even be a chance to show off some classic moves with a twist dance contest.
The town square is at the intersection of Atlanta Street/Ga. Hwy 9 and Marietta Highway/Ga. 120.
For more information, call (770) 640-3253 or go to www.visit roswellga.com.