The discovery of great food is always a worthy venture. After all, cuisine is an excellent expression of local culture. When traveling, it’s always nice to find a fun way to check out the food scene. A great way to connect yourself to this food adventure nationwide is to attend a “Taste of” festival. Originating in London, England in 2004, these festivals began with the heart of showcasing the best of what the city has to offer. These festivals are a great gathering place for locals and travelers to cross paths while enjoying palate-pleasing offerings from local restaurants set up on the streets. The setting for these sometimes multi-day events is mostly in historic districts and during the springtime. That’s the case in Georgia as well as many other cities in the US and abroad. From celebrating the unique food vibe in great detail to spotlighting the general culture, community, and culinary talent of a city, attending a “Taste of” festival serves as a great way to celebrate a city.

While living in Conyers, Georgia, I have enjoyed attending the Taste of Conyers for the past five years. Food vendors from local restaurants fill the streets with many offerings from some of Conyers’ culinary favorites as well as live entertainment and a classic car show. I can say from experience that showing up year after year has yet to disappoint. This year Taste of Conyers welcomes The Tin Plate for the first time. They are a farm to table burger joint, that features an extensive variety of craft brew and a french fry menu that will excite any foodie. AWAKE Coffee Co. will be featuring their handcrafted cold brew and summer tea offerings as well as a few surprises for their local following. These along with other Olde Town Conyers staples such as The Celtic Tavern, Whistle Post Tavern, and Las Flores Mexican restaurant will deck the streets alongside a boatload of others on May 5, 2018.

Sandy Fowler, Olde Town Conyers Event Coordinator, when asked about how has the Taste festival been a benefit to Conyers replied, “The Taste of Conyers is always a popular event in which the public can come out and enjoy samples from a variety of local restaurants all in one setting, in historic Olde Town Conyers. The food vendors, our local merchants, our car show and children’s activities makes a great Saturday outing for the entire family.” I have yet to find a food festival as fun and creative as the Taste of Conyers. So, check out your local scene and get a taste of what’s cooking in your community. After all, there are only so many meals you can squeeze into a day why not make it an all-day adventure!

Noelle Cosby