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Taste of Douglasville celebrates 20 years
by Liz Marino
May 15, 2013 10:46 AM | 1733 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emily Jane, bartender at the Irish Bred Pub in downtown.
Emily Jane, bartender at the Irish Bred Pub in downtown.
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>From left, Mason Tackett, 9, and Kathryn Tackett, 14, children of Jennifer and Keith Tackett, hold rain sticks that will be featured at the Kid’s Corner section of the upcoming Taste of Douglasville.
Staff / Katherine Frye
From left, Mason Tackett, 9, and Kathryn Tackett, 14, children of Jennifer and Keith Tackett, hold rain sticks that will be featured at the Kid’s Corner section of the upcoming Taste of Douglasville.
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>From left, Ellis Casteel, 11, and Palmer Casteel, 13, children of Rodney Casteel, paint a rain stick for the Kid’s Corner part of the upcoming Taste of Douglasville.
Staff / Katherine Frye
From left, Ellis Casteel, 11, and Palmer Casteel, 13, children of Rodney Casteel, paint a rain stick for the Kid’s Corner part of the upcoming Taste of Douglasville.
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Christian Casteel, 13, son of Rodney Casteel, with ‘seed heads,’ plants that children will be able to make at the Kid’s Corner at the upcoming Taste of Douglasville.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Christian Casteel, 13, son of Rodney Casteel, with ‘seed heads,’ plants that children will be able to make at the Kid’s Corner at the upcoming Taste of Douglasville.
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Get ready to sample some of Douglasville’s finest cuisine this weekend at the Taste of Douglasville’s 20th anniversary event.

Hosted each year by the Cultural Arts Council, the event benefits the many programs and events the council sponsors, said executive director Laura Lieberman.

The event is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at O’Neal Plaza in downtown Douglasville.

A rain date has been set for May 25.

Some may be coming for the food, but rest assured, there are activities planned for everyone.

In addition to food samples from Douglas eateries, outdoor arts and crafts booths and children’s activities will be part of the event, along with performers on the O’Neal Plaza stage.

“We will introduce a new ‘Better Living’ market this year, Lieberman said. “We are focusing on our ‘Kid’s Corner’ this year, with 15 booths. We have partnered in a big way with the Douglas County Extension Service, the Water and Sewer Authority, Pray’s Mill Baptist Church and the county libraries.”

There will also be a cyber safety session offered by Fort Valley State University and a real, live cow for a milking demonstration from the Georgia Dairy Farmers’ Association.

The Douglas County Junior League also has come on board with their healthy eating program, “Kids in the Kitchen,” where kids can make fancy yogurt parfaits during the event.

Sherry Persons and Linda Worthan will serve as honorary co-chairs for the event, according to Lieberman. Event chairs are the arts council board treasurer Renee Kell and arts council volunteer Omar Daniel.

Last year’s event attracted some 15,000 visitors and this year, Lieberman anticipates an even greater turnout.

“It was a huge success, and our festival was the first ever major ‘tobacco free’ event in our community,” she said.

“The arts are all about quality of life, and that message came through loud and clear with lots of new healthy activities and food choices supported by our public health department, a new and important sponsor of the festival.”

There will be a special festival kickoff event Friday night, “Picnic on the Plaza.” Tickets are $15 per person or $12 for arts council members and may be purchased at the Cultural Arts Center and the council web site at www.artsdouglas.org.

Taste of Douglasville is free and open to the public. While there is no charge to attend, there will be a small cost to purchase food items and for some activities.

2013 Taste of Douglasville Restaurants:

Chick-fil-A*

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Cookie

Salad **

Chicken Sandwich

Cold Stone Creamery

Sweet Cream

Strawberry

Chocolate

Cake Batter

Fabiano’s Pizzeria

Slice of Cheese

Slice of Pepperoni

Cheesecake Brownie

Fritters Island Soul Restaurant *

Seafood Fritters

Jerk Wings

Mini-Jamaican Patties

Frozen Marley

Gabe's Downtown Louisiana Bistro

Cajun Eggrolls

Banana pudding

Hungry Howie’s*

Pizza slice

Salad

Wings

Bread

Irish Bred Pub

Gaelic Boxty

Crab Sliders

Broccoli Salad**

Corned Beef Boxty

Iron Horse Station

Ribs

BBQ Pork Sliders

Peach Cobbler

Island Bar & Grill *

Beef or Chicken Patties

Fish & Fries

Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Soda

Johnny's Pizza

Cheese Pizza Slice

Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Black ‘n Bleu Pizza

Slice Mini Garlic Knots

Landmark Café Bar-b-que

Bar-B-Que Smoked Wings

Smoked Ribs

Pulled Pork Sliders

Banana Pudding

Olive Garden

Stuffed mushrooms

Lasagna

Sausage and Peppers

Strawberry Passionfruit Lemonade



Red Lobster

Maple-Glazed Grilled Salmon

Sweet Chili Ginger Shrimp

Strawberry Smoothie

Raspberry Lemonade

Coastal Peach Tea

Shane’s Rib Shack *

1. Pork or Chicken Sandwich

2. 4 Bone Ribs

3. Peach Cobbler

4. Shane’s Sweet Tea

S’Mores BBQ

1. Brunswick Stew

2. Wings

3. (1) Rib

4. S’mores

Subway*

4-inch Sub Sandwich**

Cookies (2)

Chips

Yogli Mogli**

Georgia Peach **

Chocolate **

Vanilla **

Green Apple Sorbet **

*New restaurants to Taste for 2013

** Healthy Choice

2013 Taste of Douglasville Better Living Market:

Aqua-Tots

Lessons for life! Teaching swimming, water safety & fun for children 6 months & up

Avon Products

Beauty products & accessories

Brain Freezz Snowballs

New Orleans original snowballs

Prevent Child Abuse & Children First

Georgia Department of Health program/collaborative for the healthy development of at-risk newborns & young children

Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Stroke awareness, cardiovascular health & asthma information

C.O.R.E. “Community Organizing Resources for Excellence”

Family Connection collaborative for Douglas County to improve the overall community well-being

The Crazy Nutz Company

Gourmet nuts -- roasted cinnamon almonds & pecans

Douglas County Cooperative Extension Service

Family & consumer services, agriculture & 4-H extension with the University of Georgia

Dupree's Products

Pre-packaged BBQ sauce, pre-packaged drinks & food samples

Edible Arrangements – Douglasville

Decorative fruit arrangements

FiggTree Youth Recording Academy

Youth organization that instructs youth in media arts, recording engineering, film & video & musical instruments.

The Ladies Room

Dance fitness & empowerment; fuel for the mind, body, and soul!

Live Healthy Douglas Coalition

Underage drinking prevention

One-Stop Medical Clinic

Health screening service, blood pressure tests & BMI

Popcorn Depot

Gourmet popcorn

The Pampered Chef

Quality kitchen tools

Primary Fitness

Fitness classes for the whole family including focused strength training & dance fitness, such as Zumba & Flirty Girls Fitness

SAFE Kids / Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Works with local schools, community groups & businesses to implement child injury prevention programs

Scentsy

Flameless scented wax candle

S.H.A.R.E. House

Crisis intervention & care addressing the causes & effects of family violence

Southern Belle's Bakery Boutique

Cakes, cupcakes, cookies & wedding cakes

Strong Italian Ices

Authentic, colorful & refreshing Italian Ice!

Sweetwater Creek Honey Farm

Local & specialty honeys

Thirty One Gifts

Simple, fun & easy organizational products for any home & lifestyle!

Tipsy Cakes & Co. (Gourmet Cakes & Cookies)

Gourmet cupcakes & cookies with all-natural ingredients & some organic substitutes, vegan, diabetic & gluten-free desserts

Tupperware USA

Plastic cooking & kitchen storage containers

TuTu Cute

Tutus & accessories for little girls

Watkins Products

Spices, liniments, lotions, soaps & cleaning supplies

If you go:

What: Taste of Douglasville

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date May 25).

Where: O’Neal Plaza, downtown Douglasville.

Tickets: Free, but there will be a small cost to purchase food items and for some activities.

Information: www.artsdouglas.org.

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