I’m always up for a good food festival. We used to attend one annually in another state that started out with a decent variety of food vendors, but somehow over the years, it morphed into becoming more about beer and wine and less about the food. It was a huge disappointment to say the least…for us, anyway. We gave it a chance for a couple more years to reclaim the appeal it once had, but alas, it did not. We stopped going.
In stark contrast, the Taste of Marietta in historic Marietta Square offered up a plethora of food choices, which far outweighed anything else…exactly the way a food festival is supposed to.
Despite the cloudy skies and impending rain, it didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves…nor did it deter the crowds; oh well, less food for me as I had to share with all those strangers. Haha. We were so ready and excited to see what culinary delights were in store for us. Our favorite tastes from the day are pictured below…let the gastronomic adventure begin!
I’m seen above eating (I’m always seen eating! 😆) vegan mac and cheez from Vego Bistro, a 100% plant-based food truck. They use cashews for their “cheez” base. I’m not vegan, but I had to give it a try. It was surprisingly outstanding!! So creamy and delicious. I wasn’t missing the traditional mac and cheese while eating it, either. And that says a lot. I’ll get it again next year for sure.
I have five words for you: Red Sky Tapas & Bar (technically, “&” is a word if spelled out 😬). They had the most incredibly delectable shrimp and grits that did not disappoint!!! Bite after succulent bite, it was creamy, buttery, cheesy, and ohhh so flavorful…everything you could ever hope for in this popular southern staple. So good, in fact, that I went back a second time for more. That ruined it for the rest of the day for me, as nothing else compared…especially the shrimp and grits I tried from other vendors. 😝
Vatica Indian Vegetarian had an awesome menu of wonderful healthy choices. I had a hard time deciding what to order (what else is new?), because everything on their menu looked scrumptious! Being indecisive while at a restaurant bar is one thing; at least I’m not holding up any lines. Since I didn’t want to be “that” person, I quickly decided, which is unheard of for me. Those who know me well will attest to that!
I believe that was popcorn shrimp on the left and shrimp and grits on the right at Henry’s Louisiana Grill. Very good as well, but a little too heavy on the cheese in the shrimp and grits. Paled in comparison to the one I had at Red Sky (obviously).
At Ji Bou Te, I first got a spicy shrimp dish, which had great flavor but was a little too spicy for my taste. I went back later on for the bread pudding, which was totally worth going back for!
This was tiramisu shaved snow from SnowVille Shavery, which is a cross between ice cream and shaved ice. I’ve never had it before, but it was exceptional! It had such a smooth and slightly creamy texture with a melt-in-your-mouth quality. So deliciously tasty! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for them next year.
Overall, I was extremely pleased with the day’s selection of seriously good eats and look forward to next year’s extravaganza!