Taste of Marietta, the Marietta Visitors Bureau’s largest annual fundraiser, brought together over 70 Cobb Country restaurants, caterers, and food trucks to sample their tastiest dishes this past Sunday. With beautiful, sunny weather all day, record breaking crowds gathered on the Marietta Square for the event, now in its 23rd year.
In addition to the delectable bites, all day activities included a kid’s ally, featuring face painting, sand art, and bounce houses, the Marietta Fire Department touch-a-truck, and live music from two stages.
A favorite activity among the participating restaurants was the Food Judging Competition. Over 40 participating restaurants opted to compete in the annual Awards of Distinction. Categories included: Best Seafood Dish, Best International Cuisine, Dangerously Delicious Dessert, Best Comfort Food, Finger Lickin’ Good, The Big Chicken, Tastiest Beverage, Most Unique, and Blazin’ BBQ. The judges sampled over 70 dishes, ranging from specialty tacos to crepes to bubble tea, and from each of the nine categories, chose an overall “Tastiest Taste” winner. This year’s overall winning dish was awarded to The Freakin Incan Food Truck’s Ceviche de Pescado, a dish they sold out of on Sunday.
The 2016 panel of judges included: Michelle Cooper Kelly, Marietta City Councilwomen (Ward 6); Chris Hardman, Georgia Restaurant Association; Elizabeth Cossick, Little Black Dress/Little Red Wagon Magazine; Kyle Hood, City Manager of Tyrone; and winner of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre live auction, Pete Olsen.
Full list of winners:
Tastiest Beverage: Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar and Gift Shop’s Razzelberry Bubble Tea
Best Seafood Dish: Zeal Kitchen and Bar’s Seared Scallops
Best International Cuisine: Marietta Pizza Company’s White Pizza
Dangerously Delicious Dessert: TIE – Keegan’s Public House’s Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding AND Doughnut Dollies/High Road Craft Ice Cream’s Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwich
Finger Lickin’ Good: Grand Champion BBQ’s Baby Back Ribs
Best Comfort Food: Dave Poe’s BBQ’s Mac & Cheese
The Big Chicken: The Marietta Local’s Fried Chicken Sandwich
Most Unique: Chocolate & Spice Eatery’s Chocolate & Orange Crepe
Blazin’ BBQ: Grand Champion BBQ’s Smoked Pork Shoulder
Overall “Tastiest Taste” of Taste of Marietta: The Freakin Incan Food Truck’s Ceviche de Pescado
About Taste of Marietta: Taste of Marietta is an annual event hosted on the Historic Marietta Square. Always held on the last Sunday in April, the festival brings together restaurants from all across Cobb County to showcase their best dishes. This flavorful event is hosted by the Marietta Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the City of Marietta.