For the second consecutive year, Cartersville Downtown Development Authority is set to highlight many restaurants and specialty stores in historic downtown Cartersville by offering a variety of culinary delights.
Sample Your City, set for Oct. 3 and 4, from 2 to 7 p.m. each day, will feature 11 downtown businesses.
The first Sample Your City, unveiled in October of 2012, met with huge success, according to the DDA press release. The event allows those who purchase a $10 ticket in advance an opportunity to visit participating downtown restaurants and retailers to sample not only their culinary offerings, but the overall atmosphere of each location.
“The first Sample Your City exceeded expectations and received rave reviews from the restaurants and food retailers who participated, as well as patrons who purchased tickets,” DDA Manager Tara Currier said in the release.
This year’s samplers will enjoy food and beverage offerings from 11 downtown restaurants and retailers, including:
- Agan’s Bakery,
- Coconut’s Ice Cream,
- E Street Tavern,
- Findley’s Butcher Shop,
- Louie’s Café,
- Meg Pie,
- Swheat Market and
- The City Cellar & Loft.
The unique food event is unlike many other “taste of” events, in that patrons visit the actual location of each participating venue, the release says. This allows people to experience more than just one sense—taste—but to also smell, touch and see what each particular location has to offer.
“My son Stephen and I enjoyed Sample Your City as a unique father-son experience," local resident Seth Hopkins said after last year's event. "We attempted to hit every location in one evening, but that proved to be undoable because we were enjoying the food, friendly people and atmosphere at each stop.
"It was much more enjoyable than having everybody in one place, it felt like a scavenger hunt. We each visited places we had not been before and places we had not visited in a long time. We also learned about menu items and types of food we did not realize were available downtown. One place did such a good job selling us we came back the next night to eat off the menu. It was a great way to learn more about what is here in our back yard.”
In addition to giving samples from their menus, many of the participating businesses also will have specials for Sample Your City cardholders. Tickets for Sample Your City are $10 per person, and can be purchased at the Downtown Cartersville Welcome Center, located in the old Train Depot, at 1 Friendship Plaza.
The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many participating venues will also have tickets available for purchase.
Cash only will be accepted. The ticket is good for one sample at each location and may vary from one item to up to several items, depending on location.
For a full listing of all participants and their sample offerings, visit www.downtowncartersville.org/event/sample-your-city or call the Welcome Center at 770-607-3480.