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:
Chicken Salad Sandwich
Cold Stone Creamery
Slice of Cheese
Slice of Pepperoni
Fritters Island Soul Restaurant *
Gabe's Downtown Louisiana Bistro
Irish Bred Pub
Corned Beef Boxty
Iron Horse Station
BBQ Pork Sliders
Island Bar & Grill *
Beef or Chicken Patties
Fish & Fries
Cheese Pizza Slice
Pepperoni Pizza Slice
Black ‘n Bleu Pizza
Slice Mini Garlic Knots
Landmark Café Bar-b-que
Bar-B-Que Smoked Wings
Pulled Pork Sliders
Sausage and Peppers
Strawberry Passionfruit Lemonade
Maple-Glazed Grilled Salmon
Sweet Chili Ginger Shrimp
Coastal Peach Tea
Shane’s Rib Shack *
1. Pork or Chicken Sandwich
2. 4 Bone Ribs
3. Peach Cobbler
4. Shane’s Sweet Tea
1. Brunswick Stew
3. (1) Rib
4-inch Sub Sandwich**
Georgia Peach **
Green Apple Sorbet **
*New restaurants to Taste for 2013
** Healthy Choice
2013 Taste of Douglasville Better Living Market:
Lessons for life! Teaching swimming, water safety & fun for children 6 months & up
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
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
The Pampered Chef
Quality kitchen tools
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
Flameless scented wax candle
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
Plastic cooking & kitchen storage containers
Tutus & accessories for little girls
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.