Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Taste-Y Time in Roswell

Ladies and Gentlemen – Start Your Taste Buds!  It’s time for the yummiest fall event in Roswell - The Annual Taste of Roswell.

Come on down to the Historic Square, this Saturday, October 20th, noon – 5:30 pm for a great chance to enjoy a beautiful fall day while sampling food from Roswell’s favorite restaurants.  Throw in a DJ playing great music and fun family-friendly contests and you have a great recipe for a fun afternoon.

If you’re not from “around here,” the Historic Roswell Square is located at the intersection of Marietta Highway (GA 120) and Atlanta Street (GA 9).

On this fine fall Saturday, Roswell eateries will be selling samples of some of the items on their menus on the square in downtown Roswell.  Make the ticket tent your first stop to visit the smiling volunteers and purchase your food tickets for 50 cents each.  Samples are one to six tickets (50 cents to $3 in value).  I usually start with $5 worth of tickets, scope out the tents to see what each restaurant is selling, buy my samples and chow down.  If I still have room left in my stomach, I figure out how many more tickets I need and purchase a few more and start the fun all over again.

After you’ve eaten your fill, make sure you stop back by the ticket tent and vote on your favorite restaurants.  The friendly competition between restaurants includes:  Friendliest, Best Decorated Booth, Favorite Food Item, and the coveted Best of Taste, which is determined by YOUR taste purchases.

While you’re digesting your food and deciding if you really need just one or two more desserts, grab a chair in front of the bandstand and enjoy the music and dance contests.  In addition to the music from DJ Greg Talmadge, you and your family can participate in:

Hula Hoop Contest
Bean Bag Toss
Ring Toss
The Twist Dance Contest
Hokie Pokie
Electric Slide
Line Dancing

So stop reading, get out your calendar, and mark it down to be at the Historic Square in Roswell, this Saturday, October 20th from noon – 5:30 pm to enjoy a enjoy a “Taste-Y” Time in Roswell!  See you there!

The preliminary list of restaurants includes:
Brick House Pizza
Brookwood Grill
Coldbrews Sports Bar & Grill
Dogwood Café at Doubletree Roswell
Douceur de France
Edible Arrangements - Roswell
El Porton Mexican Restaurant
Gluten Free Cutie
Jet's Pizza
Kani House Japanese Restaurant
McAlister's Deli
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Oli + Ve
Plum Café
Rita's Italian Ice
Shane's Rib Shack
Sugo Restaurant
The Counter
The Fickle Pickle Café
The Roswell Tap
Twisted Taco
Vin 25

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October Fun in Roswell

Are you ready to get out and enjoy the fall?  Roswell has many October events to delight folks of all ages.

The 62nd Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Celebration is 10/13, starting at 10 am with the annual parade.  The parade route begins at First Baptist Church on Mimosa Blvd. and ends at the Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road. Families line Canton Street hoping to catch some of the candy that is thrown from the floats.  After the parade, the festivities continue with an all-day outdoor festival at the Roswell Area Park football field that includes a variety of activities – inflatable slides, moonwalk, pony rides, climbing wall, entertainment and more.

Continue your Saturday with Fall Farm Days at Smith Plantation, 10/13 11 am – 3 pm. This free annual event features artisan exhibits and demonstrations pertaining to life on a 19th Century Farm, including living history exhibits, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, and open hearth cooking. Children’s activities include period games, farm animals petting zoo, wagon rides, crafts, farm chores and gold and gem panning (for $5). Smith Plantation will be open from 12 – 3 P.M. for tours for $4 admission.

Get back to nature with the Halloween Hikes at Chattahoochee Nature Center: 10/19, 20, 26 & 27; 7 – 10 pm.  On the hikes, you will experience the mystery of a short half-mile guided night hike through the lighted woodland trails meeting friendly costumed forest creatures who will delight you with their dramatic antics. After hike, enjoy live music by the bonfire. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and have their photo made with CNC’s roaming characters.

One of my favorites is the annual Taste of Roswell in Historic Town Square, 10/20, 12 pm – 5:30 pm.  Come and sample the flavors of Roswell’s outstanding restaurants.  Enjoy music, food family activities, vote for your favorites and enjoy the ambiance of the historic district.

A new event is the Rucker Fest, 10/21, noon – 5 pm in Historic Town Square. Presented by the Roswell Historical Society, this dog-friendly event celebrates the new book, “Rucker:  The Lost Country Dog.” Bring your dog and have some fun with contests, vendors, food and more.
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Bulloch Hall’s annual Sip of the South, is Saturday, 10/27, starting at 6:30 pm.  This year’s event will be “Halloween Style” with participants encouraged to wear costumes.  Reservations are required.  Please call 770-992-1731 by 10/24 to reserve your spot.  More details are at