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Taste event to highlight food, art, music, cars
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From left, Pit Boss BBQ owners Wade and Tracy McSwain prepare a lunch of baby back ribs with baked beans and potato salad and a brisket sandwich with Brunswick stew at their Hapeville location.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Pit Boss BBQ owners Wade and Tracy McSwain prepare a lunch of baby back ribs with baked beans and potato salad and a brisket sandwich with Brunswick stew at their Hapeville location.
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From left, Donna Griggs, Stockbridge Pit Boss BBQ manager, and owners Tracy and Wade McSwain prepare a lunch of baby back ribs with baked beans and potato salad and a brisket sandwich with Brunswick stew at the Hapeville location.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Donna Griggs, Stockbridge Pit Boss BBQ manager, and owners Tracy and Wade McSwain prepare a lunch of baby back ribs with baked beans and potato salad and a brisket sandwich with Brunswick stew at the Hapeville location.
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A brisket sandwich with Brunswick stew is a popular Pit Boss BBQ dish.
Staff / Katherine Frye / A brisket sandwich with Brunswick stew is a popular Pit Boss BBQ dish.
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Staff / Katherine Frye /
Pit Boss BBQ dish baby back ribs with baked beans and potato salad.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Pit Boss BBQ dish baby back ribs with baked beans and potato salad.
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Staff / Katherine Frye /
From left, Pit Boss BBQ owners Tracy and Wade McSwain prepare a lunch of baby back ribs with baked beans and potato salad and a brisket sandwich with Brunswick stew at their Hapeville location.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Pit Boss BBQ owners Tracy and Wade McSwain prepare a lunch of baby back ribs with baked beans and potato salad and a brisket sandwich with Brunswick stew at their Hapeville location.
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The Taste of East Point and the South Metro Area 2014 Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. will showcase the area’s culinary, musical, visual and automotive talents.

Hosted by the East Point Main Street Association, the festival will be staged in the downtown East Point area on West Cleveland Avenue across from the MARTA station.

“It’s been going on for six years now, since 2009,” said association spokeswoman Tina Dharman.

According to Dharman, favorite eateries and newcomers to the south Fulton dining scene will participate by trading small plates of their best menu items for two or three $1 taste tickets.

They include Pit Boss BBQ of Hapeville, a 2008 establishment which opened a Stockbridge location in 2012 shortly before joining the event’s lineup.

“This will be our third year participating in the Taste,” said owner Tracy R. McSwain.

For two, three or four taste tickets, attendees can enjoy the flavors of pit-cooked dishes right from the restaurant’s menu.

“We will present the same as last year,” McSwain said about chopped pork or chicken sandwiches, spare ribs, sausage with peppers and onions, baked beans, cole slaw and peach cobbler.

Dharman said the festival atmosphere will be enhanced by visual and musical talent.

“There is a growing art scene in East Point as well, and many artists will be out showing their wares,” she said in a statement. “The [association] has been interested in bringing homegrown roots and Americana-style musicians to the south metro and will be inviting some talented acts to be a part of this year’s showcase.”

Another facet of the event, its second car show, produced in collaboration with Buford-based Grease Inc. Magazine and Garage71 radio, will feature local custom and classic cars, motorcycles and trucks.

The association hosts several events throughout the year including the East Point farmers market, a Fourth of July celebration and Destination East Point.

Its board is comprised of East Point residents and business owners “who devote their time, talents, and creativity to planning and executing events while building a greater sense of community, supporting local businesses, promoting growth and drawing attention to the downtown area,” Dharman said.

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