This slightly overdue post comprises two posts for Food That Rocks Sandy Springs 2016 and 2017. The inaugural year for this very cool event was last year, and we are so happy we were around to witness all that awesomeness from the beginning. Patrons pay one price which includes all the food and alcohol one can consume to their heart’s – and stomach’s – desire! I’m not talking about watered-down drinks, either. I’m talking hard liquor…and wine. On top of that, there is also live music. It really is a great deal for the money (especially the amount of food and alcohol we consume; HA!).
We “ran into” a very special guest at last year’s event (if you’ve read my “Woman With A Plan”…To Meet Matt LeBlanc!! post, this shouldn’t come as a surprise 🤣). Check this out!
We’ve both been huge fans of the rock band Collective Soul for many years and were fortunate to have seen them perform live three times in Rhode Island. The band formed in the early 1990s in Stockbridge, Georgia. (Georgia, y’all! How about that?! Or how about the fact that I just used “y’all”?!? 👩🌾) Their claim to fame was in 1993 with the release of the rock anthem “Shine”. Anyway, when I found out that Ed Roland (principal songwriter and frontman [lead vocals/keyboards/guitars]) would be performing with The Sweet Tea Project, Ed’s side project, of course we jumped at the chance to get tickets!! He’s a real chill, down-to-earth, friendly guy…just as we expected.
Wait, what was this post supposed to be about again? I got caught up in that memory for a minute and lost track… Oh, right! We were obviously also there for the food and drinks (obviously) but mainly the food (well, I was, anyway). The photos below are from last year just as the festivities commenced. Being it was the inaugural year, we didn’t know what to expect.
Many different area restaurants and purveyors served up some delectable bites, as well as creative craft cocktails.
It wasn’t overly crowded, which was nice…but the same cannot be said about this year’s event, as you’ll see below. The word is apparently getting around.
This was when we first arrived, but it didn’t take long for the crowds to follow.
See what I mean? This wasn’t even at full capacity. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of long lines or being pushed into people, especially when I’m on a mission.
There was a different band this year who played mainly cover music from the 80s and 90s. They were pretty good. I just don’t remember their name; since it didn’t start with “Collective…” or “The Sweet Tea…”, it was forgettable. Was there even a band there this year? 🤔😆
Who’s that cutie sitting all by himself? I think I’ll go sit next to him. What a smart guy to bring his own chair, too! That would be my honey. 💞 We had the best seats in the house…until it started to downpour later on, and everyone had to take cover. We were packed in like sardines! Not fun. Aside from the inclement weather, we had a great time.
Judging by the successful turnout, we anticipate Food That Rocks will be around for years to come! (One can only hope.)