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Taste of Alpharetta
Thursday, May 7, 2015
5 - 10 pm
LOCATION: Downtown Alpharetta


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Taste of Alpharetta is now in its 25th year and has become an annual tradition for festival-goers, families and food connoisseurs.  Make reservations on your calendar to dine in Historic Downtown Alpharetta at over 60 restaurants in one fun night. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs in town.  Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment to please every palate.  Free Admission. You may purchase food tickets on site at our Ticket Booths and that are $.50 each. Restaurants participating in the Taste will not be accepting cash; tickets only. Restaurants will charge $1-3 per food sample..

Music Stage will have harmonic rock/folk/R&B bands. A separate Culinary Competition Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in 5 categories – Best Appetizer/Salad,  Best Fast Casual,  Best Fine Dining, Best Presentation and Best Dessert.  Award winners are presented on the Main Stage approximately 8:30 pm.  Everyone can Vote for the People’s Choice award at the Culinary Competition Stage before 7:00 pm.  Party with metro Atlanta radio stations.  Play at the Fun Zones.  Come out and enjoy Alpharetta’s premier dining experience!

Taste of Alpharetta Layout Map
Taste of Alpharetta Program Brochure


Schedule of Events


• 5:30 -   von Grey  

• 7:15 -   Mayor & City Council / Sponsors

• 7:30 -   Blair Crimmins & the Hookers

• 8:30 -   Culinary Competition Awards

• 8:50 -   Blair Crimmins & the Hookers



From 5 - 7:30 pm Culinary Competitions will heat up Roswell Street.   A separate Culinary Stage diagonally across from the Music Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in contests for Best Salad/Appetizer, Best Fast Casual Entree, Best Fine Dining Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Presentation and Best Booth. You won't want to miss the demonstrations by our top chefs!!

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS (Located on Roswell Street at the Culinary Stage):

Ballots will be available at the Culinary Stage through 7pm. There are no judging guidelines for this category. The restaurant with the most votes wins the People’s Choice Award, so stop by the stage!

FUN ZONES (located on Old Roswell and Old Canton Streets):

Titanic, Fire Truck, Cars 5 in 1 Combo, Monster Jeep, 24’ Dual Extreme Slide, Dragon Obstacle Course, Double Decker Bus, Pirate Ship Adventure, Jurassic Adventure, Noah’s Ark, Carousel Bounce, Popcorn, Hoops, Titanic, Temple of Doom Obstacle Course, Speed Throw, Ironman Obstacle Course, 24’ Dual Slide, Adventure course II, Adventure Course I and King Kong’s Revenge, Guitar Hero, Train, Rock Climbing and much more! Children can also enjoy wacky hair, face painting, balloon art, henna art, sand art and much more!

2015 Participating Restaurants

Alpha Soda
Andretti Grill
Another Broken Egg
Atlantic Seafood Company
Bite Bistro & Bar
Boneheads Grill
Burger Fi
Chicken Salad Chick
Chow Baby
Crust Pasta & Pizzeria
Cuzi Fresh Café
DaVinci's Donuts
Domino's Pizza
Dos Margaritas
El Don Bar & Grill
Firefly Kitchen and Bar
Four Fat Cows Ice Cream & Bakery
Goldbergs Fine Foods
Hop Alley Brew Pub
House of Hummus
Jilly's Cupcakery
Kona Grill
La Casa Italian Grill
Madras Chettinaad
Mama's Pizza
McAlister's Deli
Millers Ale House Restaurant
Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails
Mondo Pizza Kitchen
Noche Johns Creek
Nothing Bundt Cakes Alpharetta
Oak Steakhouse
Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub
Publix Cooking School
Rising Roll Gourmet
Robeks Juice & Smoothies
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Sage Woodfire Tavern Alpharetta
Sally's Gluten Free Bakery
Schakolad Chocolad Factory
Seven Seas Mediterranean Café
Smallcakes of Alpharetta
Smokejack BBQ
Smoothie King

2015 Sponsors

Premier Sponsors $10,000    

City of Alpharetta
Publix Super Market Charities

Platinum Sponsors $5000    

The Cooler
Superior Plumbing

Gold Sponsors $2,500    

Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Georgia Power, Suntrust
Silver Sponsors $1000    

Alpharetta Dental Town, AMLI Residential, Arrow Exterminators, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Catalyst Physical Medicine, Crossfit Passion, Champion Windows, LeafFilter of North Georgia, LGE Credit Union, Madaris Siding and Windows, MedPost, Pete’s Plumbing Inc., Power Home Remodeling, Renewal By Anderson of Atlanta, Robotic Explorers, T-Mobile, Top Dog Golf Carts, The Lakes at Windward
Media Sponsors    

Appen Newspapers, Atlanta Cuisine, Atlanta Eats, B98.5FM, KICKS 101.5 FM, KISS 104.1 FM, 104.7 The Fish, 97.1 The River, WSB750 AM


Parking & Directions


The Taste of Alpharetta is located in Historic Downtown across from Alpharetta City Hall at 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009.

FREE Parking and Shuttle System available.  Arriving and leaving the event, shuttles will drop off and pick up by a Ticket Booth on the corner of Roswell Street approx. every 20 minutes from 5-10 pm.  Please see the event map for more details.

Park and Walk (NO Shuttle Service):

1- Milton Center (86 School Drive at Independence High / old Milton High School)

If you are traveling North on Highway 9 take a left onto Wills Road, then right onto Milton Ave (if you take a left the same road is called Mid Broadwell Road).  Milton Center will be on your left.

If you are traveling South on Highway 9, take a right onto Mayfield Road, then left onto Canton Street and right onto School Drive which takes you directly into the Milton Center parking lot.

2- City Hall Parking Deck (2 Park Plaza)

If you are traveling North on Highway 9, parking deck will be on your right hand side once you cross over Old Milton Parkway.

If you are traveling South on Highway 9, take a left on Academy St, and then an immediate right into the parking deck entrance.

Park and Ride (Shuttle Service):

1- Wills Park at Wacky World (on Old Milton Parkway to the right of the Alpharetta City Pool)
2- Wills Park Equestrian Center (at 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009)

Handicap Parking and Shuttle Service

1- Parking - Near 33 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009 behind the old gas station; Traveling North on Highway 9, it is just past All Fired Up on the left.  Handicap Sign will be visible from street.  From this parking lot there is level access directly onto the event site at Old Roswell Street near the Fun Zone.

2- Shuttles - All shuttle routes will have one handicap accessible buses rotating every other pick up and/ or drop off (approx every 20 minutes).  Please be patient as we shuttle people to the new location.  If you would like to park with close and level access directly onto the event site, please use the reserved handicap parking lot at 33 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009 behind the old gas station.


FROM GA 400 NORTH – Exit at Haynes Bridge Road.  Turn left off exit onto Haynes Bridge Road. Follow until Haynes Bridge Road until it   intersects with Old Milton Parkway.  Take a left onto Old Milton Parkway.  Stay on Old Milton Parkway until it intersects with South Main Street/Alpharetta Hwy. /SR 9.   Take a right onto South Main Street/Alpharetta Hwy. /SR 9 and the event site will be on your left across from City Hall (2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009).  Reference parking locations and addresses above.                    

FROM GA 400 SOUTH – Exit at Old Milton Parkway.  Turn right off exit onto Old Milton Parkway.   Stay on Old Milton Parkway until it intersects with South Main Street/Alpharetta Hwy. /SR 9.   Take a right onto South Main Street/Alpharetta Hwy. /SR 9 and the event site will be on your left across from City Hall (2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009).  Reference parking locations and addresses above.      

Taste of Alpharetta is a rain or shine event!

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