Taste of Athens Weekend is upon us! Thanks, Tracey at Community Connection, for this Guest Blog entry!

It is a simple idea really.  Walk…Run…then Eat…Drink…and Help Many…at Taste of Athens Weekend 2012. Kick off the weekend on February 18th by lacing up your running shoes and join us downtown for the Taste 10K, a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier. Or grab the family for the 1 mile Family Walk/Run through beautiful Downtown Athens.  Reward yourself for crossing the finish line by joining us for even more fun at A Taste of Athens at The Classic Center on February 19th.  In its 19th year, Taste of Athens will bring together over 50 local restaurants and beverage providers for an evening of the kind of gluttony where no one should feel the need to repent.  Aside from the opportunity to sample delicious dishes from all of your favorite local eateries, old and new, your attendance alone to this unique event benefits Community Connection of Northeast Georgia. 

As guests wander from table to table in the Grand Hall of the Classic Center listening to the live sounds of the Athens A-Train Band, they will be able to sample food from some of this year’s participating restaurants including Butt Hutt, Chops & Hops, East West Bistro, Farm 255 Five & Ten, George’s Low Country Table, Harry’s Pig Shop, Heirloom Café & Fresh Market, Five & Ten, Taste of India, Square One Fish Co., and The Local Jam just to name a few.  All restaurants are local.  Attendees may notice a few chains, such as Barberitos, Keba Spitfire Grill, Locos, Your Pie, and Zaxby’s --- they're all based in Athens!

Guests can mingle and raise a glass filled by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Boutier Winery, Quality Wine & Spirits, or Terrapin Beer among others. Afterward, grab some dessert from Cecelia Villaveces Cakes, Kumquat Mae Bakery, and Silver Lining Cupcake Company and then head on over to browse the Silent Auction or purchase your Four Seasons Raffle tickets with a pick me up in hand from Jittery Joes.

Proudly Presented by Georgia Neurological Surgery & Comprehensive Spine, Athens Banner Herald, and Magic 102.1, Taste of Athens Weekend 2012 includes Taste 10K will on Saturday February 18th in Downtown Athens followed by A Taste of Athens on Sunday, February 19th at The Classic Center from 5pm-8pm.  Taste 10K Registration is $25.  A Taste of Athens tickets are $45 for General Admission or $75 for VIP Admission.  VIP guests are provided with earlier entry to the event starting at 4:30pm, a souvenir plate and glass, and exclusive access to the VIP Sponsor Garden during the event.  To register for the race, purchase tickets, get the latest updates, and a full list of participating restaurants and beverage providers, visit www.TasteofAthens.com.