The event, a partnership with the Acworth Business Association and the City of Acworth, will feature more than 30 local restaurants and community entertainment groups, said Jeff Chase, the director of Acworth’s Downtown Development Authority.
Main Street, in downtown Acworth, will be filled with tents displaying some of the area’s most popular eateries, including Fusco’s Via Roma, Henry’s Louisiana Grill, Rico’s Mex Mex Grill and J.D.’s Bar-B-Que.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and visitors can sample local bites while listening to a steady stream of local entertainment on stage, including community dance groups, school choruses and a K-9 demonstration by the Acworth Police Department, Chase said.
A number of inflatable games, including a moon bounce and a slide will be available for children to play on, in between sampling food at each booth.
The Acworth Business Association is expecting to generate about $40,000 from the event, which will be given back to local schools in the coming months, said Kim Wigington, a member of the Taste of Acworth Committee.
There will be a competition for the best appetizer, the best entrée, best presentation, best booth and best dessert, Wigington said, and local restaurants have been prepping their menu’s all week.
Fusco’s Via Roma will be serving fried pork wings with a spicy balsamic barbecue sauce, apple cider sangria, craft beers and cannolis — a Sicilian pastry — said Michael Fusco, the restaurant’s general manager.
Steve Moughalian, the chef at the Dogwood Terrace, said he will be serving grilled chicken club sandwiches, topped with lettuce, cheddar cheese and tomato, alongside a mixed white and dark chocolate mousse for dessert.
The cooks at J.D.’s Bar-B-Que will be working through the night Friday in order to get all of the meat on the grill for Saturday’s event, said the owner, Chip Allen.
His booth will be serving up a host of grilled meat, including chopped barbecue pork, ribs and beef brisket, as well as fried corn on the cob.
Allen is most excited for his dessert: pecan pie cobbler.
“It will put weight on you just by looking at it,” he said.