The annual event, which is sponsored by Superior Plumbing and presented by the Kennesaw Business Association and city of Kennesaw, will be Saturday in downtown Kennesaw from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
More than 40 restaurants are expected to participate, an increase from last year’s event, and will feature Big Shanty Smokehouse, Carrabba’s, Marietta Fish Market, California Dreaming and Ted’s Montana Grill, among others.
“The whole idea is not to fill you up, but give you a taste of each thing,” event coordinator Bill Watson said. “I like any kind of barbecue.”
The event’s proceeds will benefit local charities such as Kennesaw Mountain High’s Shop with a Mustang, North Cobb High’s Shop with a Warrior, Kell High’s Walk with a Longhorn, MUST Ministries and the Jerry Worthan Community Christmas Fund.
Besides sampling food, a popular attraction is the beer garden, which is under a large tent and offers draft beer and wine.
“It’s a nice complement to the food that’s there,” Watson said.
Local musician Scott Thompson will perform at the beer garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be local acts performing on the Main Street stage all day, and a local band called the Mustangs will hold a free concert at 6 p.m.
A new attraction that has caught on in recent years is the Carrabba’s Culinary Cook-Off, in which four high school seniors compete on the Depot stage. The first two contestants will compete from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the other two will face off from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship to the culinary school of their choice.
“It was a fantastic turnout,” City Council woman Cris Eaton-Welsh said of last year’s competition. “It’s a way to engage our community businesses and our kids, and find a way for our businesses to give back to kids.”
There will also be a designated play area for children.
Admission to Taste of Kennesaw is free and sample prices range from $1 to $4. Attendees can park throughout the downtown area as well as Adams Park and First Baptist Church of Kennesaw.