More than 60 local restaurants will provide samples of their offerings to the public — including appetizers, entrees and desserts — for prices ranging from 50 cents to $3.
“We’ve got a really great group of restaurants,” said Kim Dodson, Alpharetta’s special events manager.
The amount of participants is up from about 54 last year, she said.
One of the new restaurants is Tin Roof Kitchen at 52-B N. Main St. in Alpharetta. Owner Robyn Rowles said the eatery has been open for less than a month and she is looking forward to participating in the Taste of Alpharetta.
“For us, it’s a big priority to be involved in the community in general, and timing was just great that we were going to be open,” she said. “I think it’s a great event, and it’s great to get the exposure too.” The restaurant will join in the event’s culinary competition in addition to serving up samples of its gluten-free menu items. “For the competition, we are doing a lavender panna cotta with a fresh Meyer lemon curd and fresh raspberries, and we are also doing a sweet potato silk with seared scallops, saffron cream, pancetta and chive appetizer,” Rowles said.
For the sample items, she said she wants to feature the restaurant’s breads and cakes. “We have an amazing pimento cheese with a decadent bacon jam on it, and we’re going to do a smear of that on a grilled piece of bread,” Rowles said.
In addition to all the food, the event will include children’s activities and live entertainment. At the Fun Zone areas, kids can enjoy face painting, rock climbing, inflatables, balloon art, henna tattoos and more. Atlanta band The Shadowboxers and Mississippi band Rosco Bandana will perform on stage.
If you go:
When: May 8, 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: Across from Alpharetta City Hall at 2 S. Main St.
Cost: free admission; tasting samples range from $1 to $3
Information: (678) 297-6000 or www.alpharetta.ga.us