The Taste of Douglasville will be back in town Saturday when citizens will be given the opportunity to taste and discover new favorites.
For 22 years, the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County has hosted the community gathering to celebrate the coming of summer.
This year’s event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Douglasville. Attendees will have the opportunity to try the offerings of local restaurants, delight in the children’s activities, enjoy live entertainment and test drive a new car.
“We had about 10,000 there last year and certainly hope to do the same or better,” CAC Executive Director Davina Grace Hill said.
Hill described the event as being like the first big outdoor celebration after winter.
“It’s time to revel in sunshine and warm and community,” she said. “It always seemed to me to be kind of an annual rite of spring.”
Barbecue, Mexican, Louisiana cuisine, pizza, breakfast and dessert are predominant in the culinary offerings this year. The food area will feature eight restaurants including Williamson Brothers and Shane’s. It will also include newcomers Monterrey Mexican and Gabe’s Downtown.
A new aspect to Taste of Douglasville 2015 is that it is now a ticket-less event. Attendees will no longer visit a booth to buy tickets and then go to another one to get their food. All vendors will making their own direct sales.
Also, new this year will be a cooking demonstration by Proof of the Pudding at 2 p.m. showcasing “How to Entertain in Your Home.” The demonstration will be one hour long and costs $5. Seating is limited and advance tickets are available on the CAC website.
The O’Neal Stage and the Old Courthouse Stage will have performers playing non-stop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The music featured will include country, classical string, hip hop and jazz. Special guests will be the touring a cappella ensemble “Up In the Air ” from Ohio.
“That’s a national a capella group that has been working in Douglas County,” Hill said. “They’re finishing up tomorrow and are staying over to perform at taste. We have a lot of good local talent from country to gospel to rap to rock ‘n’ roll.”
The kids activity area will showcase the Jr. Master Gardeners, the popular Water Works display and a hands-on make a puppet activity.
Another new aspect is the CAC working with John Bleakley Ford, which is hosting the “Drive 4 UR Community “ test drive program to benefit the Vineyard Streetball Classic organization. The sign-up booth will be at the corner of Price and Church streets.
There will be 72 booths at the event with items including air purifiers, beauty products, baked goods, popcorn, funnel cakes, jewelry, wood crafts, pottery and hair bows.
Taste of Douglasville is the Arts Council’s largest fund raising event. Organizers describe it as the community’s largest one-day party, taking over the entire O’Neal Plaza and Church Street areas. Parking is available in the parking deck with access from Price Street.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 770-949-2787 or go to www.artsdouglas.org.