Your guide to 'Taste of Alpharetta' on Thursday

If you didn’t have dinner plans for Thursday, you do now. Loosen up your belt and head to Alpharetta for its annual food festival.

The “Taste of Alpharetta” has become a tradition for metro Atlanta festival-going folks who enjoy good food.

It returns on Thursday, May 4 for the 27th time. Admission is free and it takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Park Plaza in Historic Downtown Alpharetta. More than 60 food and drink vendors will line Old Roswell and Old Canton streets.

Here’s what you need to know:

How can I get there?

Unless you live in Alpharetta, you’ll have to drive or Uber, of course. That would be a long walk for you Midtown folks.

Those coming to get their grub on can park at the Milton Center at 86 School Drive, near Independence High School. From there, it’s about a six-minute walk.

There’s also a parking deck right next to city hall, but that could be full by the time some folks pull in.

For handicap parking, head to the parking lot next to the Alpharetta Animal Hospital at 92 Milton Ave.

I don’t want to walk. Is there a shuttle?

Yes, there is. Shuttles drop off and pick-up on the corner of Roswell and Marietta streets about every 20 minutes from 5 to 10 p.m. All shuttle routes will have a handicap accessible bus in its rotation.

Parking locations with shuttle service include the following:

  • Wills Park at Wacky World (on Old Milton Parkway to the right of the Alpharetta City Pool)
  • Wills Park Equestrian Center (at 11915 Wills Road)

You said admission was free, but there is a cost, right?

Yes. It’s free to enter the festival, but food will cost you a buck or two.

Food tickets can be purchased on site for 50 cents each and restaurants participating will only accept tickets. Restaurants typically charge $1 to $3 per food sample.

Is there music?

Yes. Two bands, The Breakfast Club and the Whiskey Gentry Band will provide background music while guests fill their bellies.

Is there stuff for kids?

Yes. There will be a few “fun zones” set up around the event. They’ll feature big cars, obstacle courses, popcorn, hoops, slides, Guitar Hero, rock climbing, face painting, balloon art, henna art and more.

OK, so what kind of food will be there?

64 restaurants will be offering up their foods at the Taste of Alpharetta. There's too many to list here, so for that and more information on the event, visit its website and Facebook page.

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