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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

Weekends are especially busy for most restaurants. We hold the festival on a weeknight so that a wider range of your favorite restaurants can participate and we can ensure you have many delicious bites to try.

Don’t forget your umbrella because Taste of Alpharetta takes place rain or shine! This means that even if the weather’s wet, we’ll still be there serving up some of the South’s most impressive food and fun.

Of course. We’ll have several seating areas within the festival grounds. You’re also welcome to BYOC (bring your own chair) to use on the lawn of the Town Green or the areas near the live performance stages.

We expect to host approximately 60 restaurants this year.

We love furry babies BUT for the safety and comfort of all of our guests – and to keep our food areas as sanitary as possible –  please leave your pets at home.

Instead of using printed tickets, Taste of Alpharetta 2023 will have a new festival currency – TasteBucks – which guests can redeem for food and beverage (non-alcoholic) samples and activities in the Learn Zone area. To buy TasteBucks, download the Taste of Alpharetta app.

Vendors will collect your Tastebucks by scanning a pre-loaded QR code that will be sent to your phone after you purchase Tastebucks online. If you buy a Fun Zone ticket, you’ll be able to redeem your wristband at the Fun Zone entrance.

For more information about ticketing and our options, click here.

Each of TOA’s food samples or activities will cost between one to eight Tastebucks, depending on what’s being offered. Every restaurant or activity sets its own Tastebucks prices, so it really depends on what kinds of foods and activities you want to try – and how many.

Leave your adult beverages at home. The City of Alpharetta’s alcohol ordinance limits open container wines & beers to purchases made from downtown restaurants – or from festivals that get special permits, like TOA.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase in our Beer & Wine Garden as well as in any of the beverage bars located throughout the event.

You can purchase water or soda at any of the drink booths located throughout the event. Just look for a beverage tent near you to quench your thirst.

There is no specific bag policy for this event. Attendees are generally allowed to bring their bags onto the premises. However, please note that alcohol is not permitted on the premises. 

We recommend that attendees bring only what they need to the event, and keep any bags or backpacks small and easy to carry. Overall, we want all attendees to enjoy the event in a safe and responsible manner, so we ask that everyone follow the rules and guidelines set forth by the event.

Weekends are especially busy for most restaurants. We hold the festival on a weeknight so that a wider range of your favorite restaurants can participate and we can ensure you have many delicious bites to try.

Don’t forget your umbrella because Taste of Alpharetta takes place rain or shine! This means that even if the weather’s wet, we’ll still be there serving up some of the South’s most impressive food and fun.

Of course. We’ll have several seating areas within the festival grounds. You’re also welcome to BYOC (bring your own chair) to use on the lawn of the Town Green or the areas near the live performance stages.

We expect to host approximately 60 restaurants this year.

We love furry babies BUT for the safety and comfort of all of our guests – and to keep our food areas as sanitary as possible –  please leave your pets at home.

Taste of Alpharetta uses digital currency – TasteBucks – which guests can redeem for food and beverage samples and activities in the Locally Grown area. To buy TasteBucks, download the Taste of Alpharetta app. 

Vendors will collect your Tastebucks by scanning a pre-loaded QR code that will be sent to your phone after you purchase Tastebucks online. If you buy a Kidz Zone ticket, you’ll be able to redeem your wristband at the Kidz Zone entrance.

Each of TOA’s food samples or activities will cost between one to eight Tastebucks, depending on what’s being offered. Every restaurant or activity sets its own Tastebucks prices, so it really depends on what kinds of foods and activities you want to try – and how many.

We recommend purchasing at least 40 TasteBucks per person, which would get you approximately 4-5 samples and a few beverages. If you run out, you can easily purchase more additional Tastebucks on the app and reload your account.

Leave your adult beverages at home. The City of Alpharetta’s alcohol ordinance limits open container wines & beers to purchases made from downtown restaurants – or from festivals that get special permits, like TOA.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase in our Beverage Garden as well as in any of the beverage bars located throughout the event.

You can purchase water or soda at any of the drink booths located throughout the event. Just look for a beverage tent near you to quench your thirst.

There is no specific bag policy for this event. Attendees are generally allowed to bring their bags onto the premises. However, please note that alcohol is not permitted on the premises. 

We recommend that attendees bring only what they need to the event, and keep any bags or backpacks small and easy to carry. Overall, we want all attendees to enjoy the event in a safe and responsible manner, so we ask that everyone follow the rules and guidelines set forth by the event.

TOA will feature seven toe-tapping musical acts this year.

Adam Patterson (www.Stokeswoodmusic.com), Kymberli Dee and the RTP Band (http://rubytalentproductions.webstarts.com/), The Platonics (https://www.facebook.com/platonicsatl) and Sami Michelson (https://www.reptileroommusic.com/) will be performing on the Town Green Stage.

DejaBlue Grass (https://www.dejabluegrass.band/), Leah Belle Faser (https://www.leahbellefaser.com/) and 7 Sharp 9 will be performing on the Main Stage.

For more information about their specific performance times, head on over to our Music Line-Up page at https://tasteofalpharettaga.com/music/.

Tickets

There are two ways to buy your tickets – online (web or mobile app) or in person at a ticketing booth. 

To purchase your tickets online:

  • Visit our taste of tasteofalpharettaga.app or download the app on Apple Store/ Google Play stores. 
  • Enter your email address on the login page. Then check your email for the login link we just sent to you to confirm your registration.
  • Select the ticket option you want to purchase (VIP, Fun Zone or TasteBucks) and pay via credit card.

Check your Dashboard in the app to find your scannable QR code that’s fully loaded with everything you’ve purchased. All you’ll need to bring on the day of the festival is your phone and an appetite.

If you prefer to skip the app, you can stop by any of our Ticket Booths and get a printed QR card that you’ll reload at the booth with the assistance of our event staff. You can load your QR card using a credit card or cash.

You can purchase TasteBucks, our festival currency, VIP Experience and Fun Zone passes at tasteofalpharettaga.app or on the Taste of Alpharetta app.

Ticket sales have already gone live, so feel free to make your purchase anytime. You can also buy tickets on the day of the event.

Tastebucks cost $1 a piece if you buy them individually. However, several money-saving Early Bird discounts and bundles are available, so purchase your tickets soon in order to take advantage of the best deals. 

All participating restaurants or vendors will charge anywhere from 1 to 8 tickets per sample, depending on what they’re offering. And it’s up to each restaurant or vendor to set its own price.

  • Tastebucks can be used with any restaurant vendor to purchase food samples. Tastebucks are also redeemable for select activities in the Learn Zone. Tastebucks are not redeemable in the Beer & Wine Garden, where all adult beverages will be sold. You’ll use credit card or cash to make those purchases.
  • The Fun Zone pass allows children to step into a world of inflatables, obstacle courses and more! Pick up the Fun Zone pass wristband at the Fun Zone entry (or any of our ticket booths) and show it to access unlimited fun.
  • VIP Experience pass allows our VIP guests to enjoy exclusive access to the VIP seating area, VIP bar, swag bag and special offers from our partners.
    • Includes: 1 VIP Pass, 40 TasteBucks, 2 Drink Tickets

No. You’ll need cash or a credit card to purchase adult beverages at TOA (and your I.D., of course).

  • Download our app Taste of Alpharetta on Apple Store/ Google Play stores OR Visit our tasteofalpharettaga.app.
  • Enter your email address on login page. Watch your email for the login link we just sent to you to confirm your registration.
  • Once logged in, click Dashboard (top right) to access your QR code.
  • Check or reload your balance at any time and see a history of transactions.

Yes! You can transfer unspent money to friends and family by entering their email addresses or scanning their QR code. Just as easy as handing off unused tickets!

Yes! You can gift TasteBucks and Passes to your family and friends by using our app and clicking on Share TasteBucks and Passes on the menu. You can enter the person’s email address or scan their unique QR code and click transfer. If the recipient doesn’t have a phone, you can go to a ticket booth to purchase your tickets and load your QR card without a phone.

We only recommend sharing your QR code with your family and friends if you are all spending from the same pool of tickets. By sharing your QR code, they will be able to spend on your account. So keep an eye on those funds to reload as you go!

Guests without phones can purchase a printed QR card at any of our six ticket booths. This would allow you to load their accounts with their Fun Zone ticket and as many TasteBucks as you’d like.

Tickets are non-refundable and valid for the current festival year only. However, you can share/gift unused TasteBucks to your friends, colleauges or family by going to the menu dropdown and clicking share Tastebucks.

VIP EXPERIENCE

The VIP experience at the Taste of Alpharetta is a premium package that offers a red-carpet treatment and special perks like private seating area and bar, and extra-special swag. The package also includes 40 TasteBucks and 2 drink tickets, which can be used to sample the delicious food and drink offerings at the festival.

The VIP package includes access to private seating and bar, extra-special swag, 40 TasteBucks, and 2 drink tickets. VIP package holders also receive a red-carpet treatment that adds to the overall experience of the festival.

The cost of the VIP package varies each year and is typically announced closer to the event date. However, it is generally more expensive than the general admission ticket. Check tasteofalpharettaga.app for more details.

The VIP package can typically be purchased online through the Taste of Alpharetta website (tasteofalpharettaga.app) or through the mobile app (Play Store/ App Store). However, availability may be limited, so it’s best to purchase early.

No, the VIP package is non-transferable and can only be used by the person who purchased it.

The early bird VIP experience pass is a package that includes all of the benefits of the regular VIP package, as well as a parking pass for early bird purchasers. This package is only available for a limited time and typically sells out quickly.

There is no specific dress code for the VIP package, but it’s recommended that attendees dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Some people choose to dress up a bit for the red-carpet treatment, but it’s not required.

Yes, children are allowed in the VIP area if they are accompanied by an adult with a VIP package. However, the VIP package is typically more geared toward adults and may not be as enjoyable for children.

PROGRAMMING

TOA will feature seven outstanding musical acts this year.

Adam Patterson (www.Stokeswoodmusic.com), Kymberli Dee and the RTP Band (http://rubytalentproductions.webstarts.com/), The Platonics (https://www.facebook.com/platonicsatl) and Sami Michelson (https://www.reptileroommusic.com/) will be performing on the Town Green Stage.

DejaBlue Grass (https://www.dejabluegrass.band/), Leah Belle Faser (https://www.leahbellefaser.com/) and 7 Sharp 9 will be performing on the Main Stage.

For more information about their specific performance times, head on over to our Music Line-Up page at https://tasteofalpharettaga.com/music/.

Help us crown the winning dishes of Taste of Alpharetta by voting on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Like the photo of your favorite dish to case your vote between 5-7 pm the day of the event. Winners will be announced at 9 p.m. on the Main Stage.

Restaurants

The event is limited to brick-and-mortar restaurants with stores in Alpharetta or nearby areas such as John’s Creek, Milton, Roswell and Marietta.

Restaurants interested in participating can visit https://tasteofalpharettaga.com/restaurants-join/ for more information.

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

Nothing. TOA’s parking and festival shuttle service are both free. (And so is admission to Taste of Alpharetta.) Check our parking page for more details.

If you’d like to park and walk, feel free to use any of the following complimentary options:

  • City Hall Parking Deck (2 Park Plaza)
  • Milton Ave Parking Deck (92 Milton Ave)
  • Alpharetta Community Center (175 Roswell St.)
  • Wills Park Pool Playground (1815 Old Milton Parkway)

If you’d like to park and ride our free festival shuttle, our shuttles will run every 10-15 min from 5-10 p.m. Complimentary parking for the shuttle, with location(s) to be announced.  Please make a note of these as bus routes may be different from last year’s event.

Please note that overnight parking isn’t allowed at any of these locations and none of them offer public restroom access.  In addition, we ask that you please NOT park in neighboring businesses’ private parking lots.

The Taste of Alpharetta provides accessible parking options for guests with disabilities at our downtown parking deck located at 92 Milton Ave, Alpharetta. These lots have spaces designated for vehicles displaying a handicap placard or license plate.

All Uber and Lyft transits should be routed to 2 Park Plaza (Alpharetta City Hall) entering from Park Plaza. There will be signs directing drivers to the specific drop-off/pick-up at the roundabout.

Have questions? Contact us and we’ll be in touch soon.