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A Taste of Athens Is This Weekend

It’s not like things have been busy lately, what with Fat Tuesday, Valentine’s Day and the Oscars all happening within about a week and a half of one another, but this time of year always means A Taste of Athens. Come out to the Classic Center this Saturday to support Community Connection in its biggest fundraiser.

The 10K is celebrating its third year in existence and starts at 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown Athens, heading down Boulevard, Prince and other scenic locales over the course of its mileage. It’s also a Peachtree qualifier. Registration is $35 (you get a t-shirt as well as a sense of pride) and can still be completed.

The big party is ringing in 20 years and takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are $50 ahead of time and $60 on the day of. VIP tickets (early access at 4:30 p.m. before the crowds get heavy, access to the VIP garden, free wine glass and plate) are $80/$90. If you want to do both the race and put back on the calories you burned, it’s $80. Groups also get you discounts, so talk to your buddies. You can get tickets at Aurum Studios, Jittery Joes (Baxter, downtown, Eastside or Five Points) and in the Terrapin gift shop or online.

This year’s participants include: Agua Linda Mexican Restaurant, Athens Bagel Company, Barberitos Southwest Grille, The Branded Butcher, Brett’s Casual American, Butt Hutt BBQ, The Capital Room, Cecelia Villaveces Cakes, Chops & Hops, Copper Creek Brewing Company, Cozy Yum Yum, Daily Co-Op, DePalmas Italian Cafe, Dirty Birds, Earth Fare, East West Bistro, Em’s Kitchen, Etienne Brasserie, Farm 255, Five & Ten, The Foundry Park Inn & Spa: Hoyt House & Melting Point, George’s Low Country Table, The Georgia Club, The Grill, The Grit, Harry’s Pig Shop, Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market, Hilltop Grille, home.made catering, Kumquat Mae Bakery Cafe, La Dolce Vita, Last Resort Grill, NONA New Orleans ‘N Athens, Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar, Porterhouse Grill, Pulaski Heights BBQ, The Royal Peasant, The Savannah Room, Silver Lining Cupcake Company, Square One Fish Company, Taste of India, Ted’s Most Best, Thai Spoon, Trappeze Pub & Highwire Lounge, Trumps Catering, Viva! Argentine Cuisine, White Tiger Gourmet, Your Pie and Zaxby’s. Beverage sponsors are Atlanta Wholesale Wine, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Don Sebastiani and Sons, General Wholesale Company, Girlfriends Wine, Jittery Joes Coffee, Leon Farmer and Company, National Distributing Company, Northeast Sales Distributing Inc., Opici Wines, Terrapin Beer Company and Waterman Spring Water.

A raffle and the usual impressive silent auction will provide yet more funds for Community Connection, which does far more than you know. André Gallant and Mary Charles Howard will serve as judges, but the crowd gets to vote, too.