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Sample the delicacies of downtown Clarkesville
City hits fourth year of event in Habersham County
Residents pour into the city's downtown square for last year's "A Taste of Clarkesville."

The annual event created to showcase downtown Clarkesville’s merchants will hit its fourth anniversary as A Taste of Clarkesville takes place Saturday on the square.

“The city of Clarkesville went decades without a fall event, and this event was created specifically to highlight and promote all of our downtown eateries and shops,” said Leigh Johnston, chairwoman of the Clarkesville Business and Community Association.

An expected 4,000 visitors will attend to enjoy local restaurants, live music, wine tastings, beer gardens and door prizes. More than 30 vendors, 25 restaurants, five area wineries and two microbreweries will participate.

One of the two beer gardens will be hosted by the Terrapin Beer Co., an Athens-based brewery that has skyrocketed to fame in the past 10 years.

Three live performances will be on the square. The main act is The Chattahoochee Chain Gang, an Americana-bluegrass band. In addition, two local musicians, Chad Garret and Mat Fried, will play.

Tickets for food or drink tastings will be sold at a booth the day of the event. Each ticket represents one taste and cost a dollar, though 25 tickets can be purchased for $20. Souvenir wine or beer glasses can be purchased for $10 and each comes with five tickets.

A Taste of Clarkesville is hosted by the Clarkesville Business and Community Association, Clarkesville Main Street and the city of Clarkesville. It has steadily grown during the past four years and this year’s event will have the most vendors in its history.

Clarkesville is a small city, with only about 1,700 residents, and the revenue from the event has raised a lot of money, Johnston said. In its first three years, it raised more than $70,000 and helped fund projects such as the new gateway signs drivers pass when entering the city.

“This is a huge deal,” Johnston said. “We are a very small town and this is an important fundraiser for promotions and beautification projects for downtown Clarkesville.”

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on the square in Clarkesville. For more information, call 706-968-2801 or visit

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