Taste of Douglasville Winners Announced!

Taste of Douglasville winners announced!

Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County (CAC) experienced another record-breaking year at the annual Taste of Douglasville Fundraiser.  Of five possible festival awards, four were presented to food vendors in front of the GreyStone Amphitheater stage at the end of the festival.  Food and drink items were judged by Elena Hudson from The HUD Food Truck, Karl Peterson from Vibrant, and Latisha Johnson from Cupcakes by Design.

Best Entrée went to Vivi’s Empanadas for their Columbian Chicharron Empanadas, Best Dessert went to homemade ice-cream masters One Son Creations for their Peach Cobbler Ice Cream. Best Presentation went to first-time Taste of Douglasville Indian Food Vendor Hyderabad Express for their delicious samosas in chili sauce, and the first winner of the brand new “Best Drink” award was Jamerican LLC for their pineapple ginger lemonade.   The fifth award, Most Sold, which celebrates the food vendor that earned the most tickets, cannot be awarded until after all tickets are counted by the CAC staff.  After counting over 40,000 Taste of Douglasville tickets, the vendor who earned the most was G’s Mobile BBQ!  However, the race was incredibly close, with Vivi’s Empanadas only a few tickets off in second place.  Wingstop was the third best seller of the day, having to send employees back to the store for 900 additional wings!

The Douglasville Town Green felt bustling and vibrant on Saturday, May 18th. Guests and vendors alike brought amazing energy to celebrate the summer with the CAC.  All categories of activities exceeded the Cultural Arts Council’s goals for the 2024 festival, including number of restaurants, sponsors, performers, Arts & Crafts booths, Better Living participants, Kid’s Korner booths, and Festival Roamers.  In total, there were over 160 vendors. The GreyStone Amphitheater stage was filled with a variety of performances throughout the day from West African drumming with The Youth Villages to uplifting praise songs by The Band | Contemporary. Tyler McDermott, OPUS23, and Johnnie Proby produced guitars, sax, drums, and vocals for their respective performances, with Proby unveiling her calypso-flavored, newest release, “Birthday Blessings” for the very first time.

The Kids Korner and the built-in Town Green playground slides, climbing walls, rolling hills, and see-saws delighted youngsters, while adults found browsing opportunities around every corner with jewelry, candles, clothing, articulated sculptures, paintings, woodworking, and much more available for purchase.  The Better Living area showcased services guests might consider for the future; from realtors to political leaders.  With the election in the following week, Taste of Douglasville was an exceptional last-minute opportunity to reach potential voters, and local community leaders came out in droves to shake hands and answer questions.

“Taste of Douglasville 2024 was a continuation of a traditional community event in a new venue.  The Douglasville Town Green produced an energetic feeling as people walked through and around different areas,” said Emily Lightner, CAC Executive Director. “The community participation, whether with a booth or as an attendee was extensive.  It made for a civic highlight of the year and was, once again, the largest Taste of Douglasville ever!  The community participants and vendors have said they can’t wait until next year.”

The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. For directions or more information,  visit www.artsdouglas.org or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770-949-2787

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The mission of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is to nurture, guide, and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in the arts among Douglas County residents by providing an atmosphere conducive to the arts, broadening the spectrum of quality exhibits and performances available to the community, and fostering individual interactions with the arts through a wide range of satellite groups. The programs and activities of the Cultural Arts Council are supported in part by the City of Douglasville and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.)