Ellie Jane enjoys cotton candy with her family. Caitlyn Walters. (click for larger version)
May 20, 2013CUMMING, Ga. — Hundreds of attendees gathered at the fourth annual Flavors of Forsyth. They were attracted by the yummy food, fun music and new activities for people of all ages.
On May 11, hungry participants strolled from tent to tent in the parking lot of the Forsyth Conference Center and sampled appetizers, entrées and desserts from about two dozen local restaurants.
The event is put together by United Way of Forsyth County, which uses it as one of its annual fundraisers.
Ruth Goode, the United Way's executive director, said she was pleased with the turnout and felt very lucky they got three hours of the event before it rained.
"We certainly want to make money to support programs and have been successful at that each year," Goode said. "We want to thank the restaurants, artists, sponsors and volunteers who make this fun community event possible."
Logan Atkins displays the Moes Wheel of Prices. Caitlyn Walters. (click for larger version)
Goode said about 250 volunteers helped out at the festival and passed out tickets, supervised the Kids Zone and made the event run as smoothly as possible.
Food choices ranged from pizza and pasta to lobster bisque, cheesy grits, chickpeas and delicious sweets, all priced from 50 cents to $3.
Some of this year's winners included The Ridge for the people's choice award and best fine dining entrée. Chef Kern won best casual dining entrée and best appetizer/salad.
Southside Bistro, part of the South Forsyth High School Culinary Arts program, won for best dessert.
Dancers, young and old, lined up to do the Cupid Shuffle. Caitlyn Walters. (click for larger version)
New this year, the United Way introduced a beer and wine tasting from local breweries such as Red Hare, Monday Night and SixPoint.
Mother's Day-inspired arts and crafts were available in the Kids' Zone where children made cards for mom, got their faces painted and bounced on huge inflatables.
Performances by Cumming Dance Academy, Sole Impulse Dance Studio and World Champion Taekwondo entertained participants along with the musical sounds from the ROCK U stage.
The Glow Band performed on the main stage playing songs from the past and the present for ears of all ages to enjoy. The chalk walk competition showcased the talent and creativity of local teams and artists in the community.
The family-friendly event satisfied more than just hungry stomachs as local artists set up booths with paintings, handmade jewelry and accessories.
Cumming resident Melissa Berry brought her family to sample foods she normally would not have tried before.
"I really enjoyed it and we will definitely be back next year," Berry said. "Norman's Landing fried the shrimp right there on the spot and I was just surprised at how good everything was."