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The dish on Conyers
Event gives reaturants a showcase for food

CONYERS - Preparing delicious meals is certainly important when it comes to operating a successful restaurant, but it's only half the battle. All the tasty entrées in the world won't make a difference if they remain a secret.

This September, area restaurateurs will have an opportunity to highlight their finest cuisine and spread the word about their establishments when the Olde Town Conyers Business Council, the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts, and the Conyers Main Street Program join forces to present the sixth annual Taste of Conyers.

According to Business Council board member Jean Lewis, this year's Taste will continue a great tradition. "It's grown every year," she said. "It gives all the restaurants a chance to showcase their best dishes ... and it gives folks in the community a chance to taste and to talk."

The Taste of Conyers, which serves as a major fundraiser for the Business Council, provides an opportunity for local food service establishments to sell samples of their treats, as well as offering a bevy of entertainment options for the whole family, including games and a children's section featuring a moonwalk, giant slide and more.

Each year, the city shuts down Center and Commercial streets in Olde Town, and attendees can stroll through all the offerings. According to organizers, they are expecting around 4,000 visitors.

Also on hand this year will be the Conyers Olde Town Artists Market and juried art show, featuring fine arts and crafts, pottery, jewelry, hand-made yard art, children's dress maker, woodworkers, glass art, photographs and handbags.

According to Celtic Tavern owner and operator Holly Sammons, Taste of Conyers has been an important part of her business' success.

"We're very grateful that we have the events that we have here in Olde Town," she said. "We definitely appreciate and love having the festivals down here. They're a great help to us, and I think the Taste of Conyers is one of the biggest, and most successful, events we have all year."

Patrons pay for their food with tickets, which may be purchased at a central location during the event. Organizers split the proceeds 50/50 with the vendors, Business Council board member Brad Smith said.

Organizers say they hope to have around 20 restaurants participating. Food vendors pay nothing to get involved. Already signed on to take part this year are: The Whistle Post Tavern, Publix deli, BJ's deli, The Celtic Tavern, Chick-fil-A, Hooters, City Slickers, Michelangelo's, Perk Up and Club 908.

As well as artists and restaurants, opportunities exist for other vendors to rent a booth for $50.

To sign up as a food vendor, call Jean Lewis at 770-860-9797 or Brad Smith at 770-761-3110. To sign up for the Artists Market, call Terry Powers at 770-617-4450.

Colin M. Stewart may be reached at colin.stewart@rockdalecitizen.com.

SideBar: If You Go:

What: Taste of Conyers and Olde Town Artists Market

Where: Center and Commercial streets in Olde Town Conyers

When: 11 am. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20

More info: To sign up to be a food vendor, call Jean Lewis at 770-860-9797 or Brad Smith at 770-761-3110. To sign up for the Artists Market, call Terry Powers at 770-617-4450.