A popular tradition among locals, Taste of Marietta is the largest and longest running food festival in Cobb County.
“This year, we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary and it’s interesting to see how far the festival has come. From 14 restaurants located on one side of the Square, we’ve grown to over 75 food vendors that encompass the entire Square area,” said Theresa Jenkins, executive director of the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau.
One hundred thousand people are expected to attend the festival. “Taste has also become an important economic generator for Marietta. Last year the economic impact of the event was $1.8 million,” she added.
Taste of Marietta showcases Cobb County restaurants and caterers such as Doug Turbush, owner/chef of Seed Kitchen & Bar located in east Cobb.
“This is our first year to participate in Taste. I thought it would be fun to do. It sounds like a great party and a great way to celebrate what we are doing up here in Cobb County for food,” Turbush said.
“It’s the largest outdoor festival in the Southeast. It’s got a lot of attractive elements to it. To put 100,000 people out there and put our name out in front of them is extremely helpful,” he said.
Like other area restaurants, Seed Kitchen & Bar will be cooking several specialties for people to try at the festival. Turbush will also be doing a live presentation at 3 p.m. at the Harry’s Farmers Market Cooking stage. Other cooking demonstrations include Audrey Porter from Harry’s Farmer’s Market at noon, Henry Chandler from Henry’s Louisiana Grill at 1:30 p.m., and Justin Balmes from Harry’s Farmer’s Market at 4:30 p.m.
The festival is cash-based, allowing patrons to pay the individual restaurant booths for their “tastes” (between $.50 to $5) and for drinks at the concession stations.
There’s something for everyone at Taste of Marietta. Children can play at the LGE Community Credit Union Kid’s Alley and big kids will enjoy the Macrobatix Tech Zone, Sports Corner and Harry’s Farmers Market Cooking Stage. New this year is Food Truck Alley, located on Powder Springs Street,” Jenkins said.
Entertainment is available on four different stages around the festival, culminating with Banks & Shane on the main stage at 5 p.m. In addition to festival attractions, unique shops and museums on the Marietta Square will be open.
“Taste of Marietta has become the largest event in Cobb County and is consistently named Best Festival in Cobb by Cobb Life Magazine,” Jenkins said.
For a full schedule of events, restaurants and other information visit www.tasteofmarietta.com.