On Saturday in Sandy Springs, the Atlanta suburb hosted the third annual “Food That Rocks” event. This year the event was held at the brand new Sandy Springs City Springs campus – a 14-acre mixed-use civic center that is also home to city hall. Very different than the old location at Morgan Falls Office Park, the new city hall and City Springs site is a gleaming giant of a building perched on a hill on Roswell Road by Johnson Ferry. Besides city hall, it also contains housing and retail, a performing arts center, as well as a large park that hosted the Food That Rocks event.

After a little hiccup of a late start due to some thunderstorm threats – “rain or shine” does not include “lightning or shine” – the event was a whirlwind of tastings of all sorts. The rainbow that popped up right before the event eventually opened up was perhaps an omen. From drinks to deserts to entrée samples, you could get pretty much anything you can imagine. Atlanta’s own Taco Mac was there serving up some wings, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop had pie samples – the pecan pie was excellent, and Kale Me Crazy even had some of their amazingly tasty, and healthy, shots. The Painkiller shot – ginger, lime, turmeric and raw honey – is always a favorite. 

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