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Festival brings food, music, treats to Conyers

Staff Photo: Jay Jones. Addison Bricker, 3, creates a piece of art with foam stickers at Saturday's Taste of Conyers food festival. Bricker was in town visiting her grandparents, Karen and Donald Beauford of Conyers.

Staff Photo: Jay Jones. Addison Bricker, 3, creates a piece of art with foam stickers at Saturday's Taste of Conyers food festival. Bricker was in town visiting her grandparents, Karen and Donald Beauford of Conyers.

CONYERS -- The threat of showers did not stop festival goers Saturday to enjoy a smorgasbord of food and activities at the annual Taste of Conyers food festival.

Monica Coffin, manager of the Conyers Main Street program, said the 40 percent chance of showers was a concern but by midday patches of blue sky broke through and the hungry crowds enjoyed the food and desserts from local restaurants and businesses.

"I've been very pleased with everybody coming out for the festival," she said. "The overcast skies kept it cooler than we expected and actually created a pleasant breeze."

While the rain clouds stayed away, many residents took advantage of the festival that included several activity booths for children, along with some of dishes offered by community cooks and restauranteurs.

Karen and Donald Beauford of Conyers stopped by the BB&T Bank booth with their 3-year-old granddaughter, Addison Bricker. Her grandfather explained they typically visit Addison in Atlanta, but she spent the weekend here for the Taste of Conyers.

"She loves festivals. All you have to do is mention 'festival,' and she's out the door," Donald Beauford said.

Coffin said what separated Saturday's festival from other years has been the turnout of businesses and community organizations putting on children's activities. From coloring and crafts to flower planting demonstrations there was plenty of things to do for the younger set.

"It's been a great partnership between us and the businesses," Coffin said.

Restaurants that participated in this year's Taste of Conyers included Atlanta Pizza & Gyro, Borage Grill, Cafe Milano, Celtic Tavern, Creamberry's, Creolaise Ballroom & Bistro, Don Tello's Tex Mex Grill, El Coqui Cafe, Las Flores Olde Town Mex, Mellow Mushroom, Papa Jack's Seafood, Sugar Bakers, Tasty Treats Italian Ice, Thai Palace, The Pointe, Tuiti Fruiti and Whistle Post Tavern.

Children's activities partners included BB&T, BJ's Membership Cub, Children's Art Factory, Rockdale Cares, Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, De'Vonne Entertainment, Lewis Grace -- Edward Jones, Macaroni Kid, and New-Roc American Business Women's Association.

This is the seventh year for Taste of Conyers and second for the Main Street program after it took over organizing the event from the Olde Town Business Council.