Tasty Alpharetta: Annual block party draws crowds, food

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – One of the largest events in North Fulton is the annual Taste of Alpharetta, held this year May 8 in downtown Alpharetta. After 24 years, the event is bigger and better than ever.

More than 50 local restaurants set up booths, and local businesses hocked their wares to the thousands of people who attended the afternoon event on a warm, partly cloudy day.

“It’s a great event,” said Alpharetta resident John Harris beside the Figo Pasta booth. “There’s always something new. I’ve never tried butternut squash, but it’s good. I had never heard of this place, but it’s tasty.”

For Chris Cusimano, this is his fifth year at the Taste with Cuzi Fresh Café and he plans to keep coming back.

“We get a lot of business from it. It’s good recognition and advertising,” said Cusimano. “For the small mom-and-pop stores trying to grow, this gives us the chance to be real competition with the big franchises.”

MH 05-14-14