The 17th Annual Taste of Marietta will be Sunday, April 25 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on the historic Marietta Square. At last year’s event, more than 100,000 people hit the streets to sample their favorite foods. Tastes, including Italian to seafood, steak, BBQ and desserts, range in cost from 50 cents to $4.
This year, the award-winning festival will surround the Square to accommodate the crowd.
Festival goers can take a break from the heat and visit one of the shops on the Square or learn about Marietta’s history in one of the city’s museums, located within walking distance of the Square. Festival goers can also catch a ride on the Historic Marietta Trolley and explore Marietta’s historic neighborhoods.
In addition to the food and fun, the family festival has outdoor entertainment all day, culminating with the Sunset Concert featuring “Banks & Shane.” The festival will also include cooking demonstrations at the SCANA Energy Cooking Stage; and “Kids Alley,” a children’s area complete with moonwalks, sand art and strolling characters.
Festival-goers can meet some of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers at “Sports Corner,” sponsored by 790 The Zone.
Admission to Taste of Marietta, which is a project of the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the city of Marietta, is free.
Parking is available in lots around the Square and at the Cobb County parking garage adjacent to the Square off Lawrence Street. Parking is also available at Marietta Middle School, and the Historic Marietta Trolley Company will provide free shuttle service to and from the festival. Handicapped parking is also available. Parking is not available in the church lots.
Live bands perform will free concerts all day at four stages on the Square.
Evening concert tables may be reserved in advanced by calling the Marietta Welcome Center at 770-429-1115. Concertgoers can also bring their blankets for a picnic in the park.
Kicks 101.5 Food Court Opens, 11 a.m.
Kids Alley opens, 11 a.m.
Sports Corner opens, 11 a.m.
Biohazard, East Park Stage, 11 a.m.-noon
Black Cat Bone, South Park Stage, 11 a.m.-noon
Katelyn Pope, West Park Stage, 11 a.m.-noon
3 Way Street, Main Stage, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sam Huff BBQ demonstration, SCANA Energy Cooking Stage, noon-12:30 p.m.
700 South, South Park Stage, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Roger “Hurricane” Wilson, East Park Stage, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Ginny McCormick, author of Sundays in the South demonstration, SCANA Energy Cooking Stage, 12:45-1:15 p.m.
Men In Blues West Park Stage, 1-5 p.m.
Sam Huff BBQ demonstration, SCANA Energy Cooking Stage, 1:30-2 p.m.
Ginny McCormick, author of Sundays in the South demonstration, SCANA Energy Cooking Stage, 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Announcement of food awards, 3 p.m.
Sam Huff BBQ demonstration, SCANA Energy Cooking Stage, 3-3:30 p.m.
Hoosier Daddy, South Park Stage, 3-5 p.m.
Atlanta Rox, East Park Stage, 3-5 p.m.
Johnnie Gabriel cooking demonstration, SCANA Energy Cooking Stage, 4:30-5 p.m.
Banks & Shane, Main Stage, 5-7 p.m.
In conjunction with Taste of Marietta, MUST Ministries will hold a food drive to help feed the hungry. Festival goers are encouraged to bring canned food items to help stock MUST Ministries’ pantry. As a thank you, each person who donates three cans of food will receive a free sample from Confection Perfection or Adrian’s Delectables. Cans may be dropped off at the MUST Ministries booth at the festival.
About MUST Ministries
MUST Ministries is a faith-based organization that, for 37 years, has been dedicated to providing services to people in crisis. MUST offers a range of services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, meals, groceries, clothing, job readiness and placement, financial assistance, children’s programs, community support groups and access to free healthcare.