- Ben Brasch The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It’s time to break out the elastic pants, Cobb County.
This Sunday from 11 a.m to 7 p.m., Marietta Square will be transformed into a gigantic gluttonous gaggle featuring most all the food one could crave.
Getting into Taste of Marietta is free, but the food isn’t — tastes range between $1 and $5 cash at most booths and food trucks. (Yes, there are ATMs placed throughout the festival.)
It’s a good thing there are options because organizers predict more than 70,000 hungry folks there.
Early reports show Sunday could bring high temperatures in the mid-80s and a low chance of rain.
That kind of weather makes the event a good fit for children, which is convenient because there’s a kids area with multiple moonwalks, games, sand art and face painting — some of which require a fee.
But if you were hoping to get some Instagram likes from your cute dog licking at some food on the ground, sorry: “We request that folks with dogs and other pets please leave them at home where there is adequate shade and water,” the event’s website reads.
Give those elastic pants a test by sitting down to listen to some of the live entertainment, which you can find a schedule of here.
Even if you’re taking Uber or Lyft, make note of these road closures:
- The roads touching the Square
- Whitlock Avenue and Mill Street at the railroad tracks
- Church and Cherokee streets at Hansell Street
- Roswell and Lawrence streets at Waddell Street
- One-way portions of Powder Springs and Atlanta roads right off the Square
For those looking to park, count on the county parking deck (free), all county court lots and the Mill Street lot (free) will open. Enter the deck from Waddell.
Or park at Marietta Middle School, 121 Winn St., and catch a ride on the trolley to Mill Street from 1 to 7:30 p.m.
And no matter how you’re getting there, public restrooms are located at the Marietta Welcome Center — currently housed in the Marietta Museum of History — and there will be portable restrooms and hand washing facilities on Root and Winters streets.