Taste of Kennesaw

taste-of-kennesaw

Bring your appetite to the 2014 Taste of Kennesaw in downtown Kennesaw on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 11am to 8pm. More than 40 different local restaurants will be on hand to showcase their delicious creations. Food samples are sold in $1 increments, from $1 to $4.

While you are there, you can also enjoy live music on two entertainment stages. Main Street Stage and Depot Stage will have continuous entertainment throughout the day.

Bring the kids and enjoy the wide variety of activities for the kids including a rock wall, inflatables and slides, a trackless train, and more.

The event benefits four local charities including Shop with a Mustang (Kennesaw Mountain High School), Shop with a Warrior (North Cobb High School), MUST Ministries, and the Jerry Worthan Community Christmas Fund.

Check out the Depot Stage as four local high school seniors will compete in the Carrabba’s Culinary Cook-off at the Taste of Kennesaw for a $3,000 scholarship to the culinary school of choice.   The first two will go head to head from 10:30 a.m. – Noon and the second two from 12:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In addition, restaurants will also be competing for recognition in the following categories:

  1. Best Entrée
  2. Best Dessert
  3. Best Food Presentation
  4. Best Decorated Tent
  5. Best Appetizer

Admission:
Admission is free
Food samples range from $1 to $4 each

Hours:
11am to 8pm rain or shine
Two entertainment stages playing all day and a 6pm concert

Location:
Downtown Kennesaw
2829 Cherokee Street
Kennesaw GA 30144

Parking:
Parking is available in the downtown area, Adams Park, and First Baptist Church of Kennesaw.

For more information, call (770) 423-1330.

Participating restaurants include:

  • The Melting Pot
  • Wing Stop
  • Williamson Bros. BBQ
  • Bruster’s Ice Cream
  • Big Shanty BBQ
  • Mr. Burrito
  • Copeland’s of New Orleans
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Ray’s NY Pizza
  • Carrabba’s
  • California Dreaming
  • and more…

 

For more information, please call (770) 423-1330.

Comments

  1. K Bureau says

    Carraba’s was a fantasticc value – for $2 you got the shrimp spiedini – ( 4 regular sized shrimp) plus 2 great lobster ravioli. The quality here was every bit as good as their restaurant. This was delicious and so great! On the other hand, I was so disappointed in Henrry’s Louisanne Shrimp and Grits. I have eaten there before and loved this dish. Today, it was a sorry glob of thick grits with just a measly 4 salad sized shrimp for $4. The servers were so busy fooling around that they failed to see that adding even a little water to this dish would have greatly improved it, I threw the whole glob in the trash and felt like I wasted $4.. Otherwise, the festival was a lot of fun and we found a lot of great food for the price.

    • says

      Very true regarding Carabbas. The shrimp were great and it was a really great price. We really enjoyed Henry’s as well though. The popcorn shrimp were great, but we did not try the shrimp and grits. Thanks for your comment and review.

  2. Lindsay says

    Although very hot, we thought the festival was great! We went early and found that the food was great, the prices were extremely reasonable, and the crowds were manageable! We were impressed with the variety of foods and definitely had our fill. Can’t wait for next year’s taste!!

    • Heather says

      I was looking for the answer to this question, too. I’ll go ahead and answer it, in case anyone is wondering for next year: Yes. We brought our puppy and had no trouble walking around with him.

      It was a great evening of deliciousness at low prices, good music and reasonable lines…way better than the Taste of Marietta that is wall-to-wall people and sold-out booths. Many thanks to the organizers, sponsors, vendors and city officials who worked hard to make it possible!

  3. John says

    I hope Uncle Cs Bar B Que is making a show. Some of the Best Q you ever put in your mouth. He was located near the County Line near 3rd Army Road in the North Bound Lane.

  4. kellie brown says

    Went to the 2014 today. Was not impressed. Needed more booths poss craft booths and when I did taste of Canton a few years a ago seems like there was a lot more to get with just 1 to 3 tickets.Thank God we were not conned to park where people were charging 5.00 to park not worth it. The portions could be bigger and these places use this as a tax write off as advertisement.

    • says

      Hi Kellie,

      If you are looking for arts and crafts booths, perhaps you should go to an arts and crafts festival and not a food festival. Regarding the parking fees, there are plenty of places you can park for free and walk, however local property owners are free to charge whatever they want if they choose to allow parking on their property. Regarding the portion size being small, this is a “taste” event. Many people enjoy the opportunity to try food from numerous restaurants. Regarding the tax write off and advertising, that is what they should do. This is an opportunity for participating restaurants to show off their best dishes. They would likely benefit more by gaining new customers rather than trying to simply make a profit from the event.

  5. Alex says

    what a absolute wast of time, it was like the food court in the mall, majority of the vendors were corporations, a little suggestion, focus more on local independent businesses, also what was with all the non food related vending going on. it was like being in a big TV commercial.

    • says

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for the comment. Regarding your suggestion for more local independent businesses, this event is open to any local restaurants who wish to participate. The event organizers do not turn away local restaurants in favor of corporations, they simply host the event and hope as many restaurants as possible will participate. Regarding the non food vending, while you may not like it, those businesses are the sponsors that allow this event to take place. Many of them are locally owned by your friends and neighbors, and they are simply trying to raise awareness for their business. They pay to be there, they pay their employees to staff their booths, and they often give things away for free – all in hopes that you will remember them and perhaps support their business should you have the need for their service.

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