What was to have been the 30th Annual Taste of Carrollton on Thursday will actually be the 29th annual since the advent of the COVID pandemic necessitated the cancellation of last year’s popular event on Carrollton’s Adamson Square. Consequently, the 29th Annual Taste of Carrollton - one year delayed - is scheduled to kick off today at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m.

According to Jonathan Dorsey, Carrollton Main Street Director, a total of 28 businesses on and around The Square have signed up to participate.

For $1 to $4 per taste, attendees can sample the wide variety of food available in downtown Carrollton, Dorsey said. He noted that most vendors will be accepting cash only, although a few may take credit and debit cards.

However, Dorsey noted that there will be one major change at this year’s event from previous years.

“In the past, you would line up and buy tickets and then use them as you wished at the various vendors, but this year instead of having folks stand next to each other and wait in a long line to buy tickets they will go to the vendor of their choice and pay for their sample,” Dorsey explained.

Also, the popular brew truck, featuring Printer’s Ale and other regional breweries, will again be on hand. Craft Brew Packages will be available for $35. The package includes pours of eight unique craft beers from the beer truck and an event-exclusive cup, plate and T-shirt. Customers can buy Brew Packages in advance by calling 770-832-6901. Purchasers must be 21 yeas of age or older. A copy of the email confirmation of the transaction and valid identification must be presented a the Taste of Carrollton tent in the center of Adamson Square to redeem on the day of the event.

Additionally, a local band, the Mix, will perform at the Amp at Adamson Square during the event. Guest performers will be sitting in with the group.

As of Wednesday, a total of 28 businesses had signed up for take part in the Taste of Carrollton, according to Dorsey.

“Taste of Carrollton is one of the two biggest downtown events we have each year,” Dorsey said.

Mayfest usually brings larger crowds each spring, but the Taste of Carrollton continues to be popular, not only for local residents but for visitors from surrounding towns and counties, Dorsey said.

“There is always a wide variety of food available. The Taste of Carrollton is a great showcase for the surprisingly wide variety of food we have here, especially for a community our size,” Dorsey noted.

For additional information regarding the 2021 Taste of Carrollton, call 770-832-6901.

Also, Adamson Square will be busy again next Saturday, Sept. 25, when Tanner Health System sponsors the 2021 Carrollton Half Marathon. Interested runners who want to take part in the event that will be run through downtown Carrollton and over the Carrollton GreenBelt should register in advance at runcarrollton.com.