A variety of restaurants and venues will show off their skills at Taste of Smyrna from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at the Village Green and Market Village in Smyrna.
It’s expected to be the biggest yet with 20,000 visitors and 30 restaurants anticipated. Admission is free, but samples will cost between $1 and $4.
Music and activities for children will take place throughout the day.
The day is one of relaxation, good eating and fellowship, said Bill Watson, organizer of the event.
“People come and throw a blanket down on the Veterans Memorial great lawn, eat, listen to music and relax,” Watson said. “Most events trend up and then cycle down over the course of the day. The Taste crowd trends up and stays up so people come and stick around usually well after the event is over and that is rare.”
Catherine Anderson, national accounts director for Smyrna-based Kenny’s Great Pies, has been participating for years.
The pie manufacturer began in the city and eventually grew into the Market Village. It was important for the company to stay in Smyrna, Anderson said, and they wouldn’t have it any other way when it comes to being involved in the community that spurred its success.
“It’s just nice to have something in Cobb County that offers a broad variety of different restaurants to choose from,” Anderson said.
The pie company gets a great response from the crowds at the event.
“We sell out of pies every time we go,” Watson said. “No matter how many we take, we always sell out.”
Taste of Smyrna began years ago and was discontinued by the city following budgetary concerns. It was brought back five years ago.
Walton says it’s been growing ever since.
“It is fun and family friendly, something for everyone,” Walton said. “And let’s face it: who does not like to eat, right?”