On November 4th, 2017, Kennesaw folks saw rain, a little hail, and a lot of weather. But that didn’t stop our local businesses and community from enjoying one of the year’s most anticipated events – The Taste of Kennesaw.
Each year between Halloween and Thanksgiving, the town of Kennesaw joins together with local businesses and community members and puts on one of the most “tasteful” shindigs this side of the Mason-Dixon. It’s the one time you’ll see more than thirty Kennesaw restaurants right next to each other, offering delectable samples of their best dishes.
The smells alone are enough to make a grown man (or woman) cry. So, sit back and let me tell you a little bit about my experience at this year’s Taste of Kennesaw. And you might want to eat dinner before you read, because you’re going to get hungry!
I approached the festival and was immediately greeted by delicious aromas wafting through the late-afternoon air. It was beautiful and overwhelming. What to pick out of so many choices? As I neared the venue, I could hear music in the background: A local musician was crooning a Tom Petty song, and I couldn’t help but watch him for a while before I visited each booth.
After the song was finished, I turned to check out the many local restaurant owners who had eagerly braved the elements to share their fare with the community. It was the first time I’d seen that many restaurants in such proximity – and watching them together made me proud of my town, and it also reminded me just how much our city has grown.
It was hard to decide which food to sample. Shane’s had a classic, smoky and full barbeque, Joe’s and Glo’s offered a refreshing icy in many flavors, the Dogwood Terrace had prepared upscale southern cuisine, and Petite Pies sold me with their homemade sweet-potato pies. Their delicacies are based in family tradition, crafted from the same recipes as generations past. How could I resist?
Restaurants weren’t the only local businesses that were showcased at the festival. There were chiropractic, law firms, cleaning companies, and various service businesses – each with the goal of helping the community of Kennesaw. It was wonderful to see everyone together.
If you weren’t there, you missed out on a once-a-year opportunity to see first-hand the wealth of businesses that make Kennesaw so unique. If you’re interested in more Kennesaw events, check out the KBA’s Event page and make sure to register! We look forward to seeing you next time.