VALDOSTA, GA (WALB)
306 North is one of nearly a dozen downtown Valdosta restaurants participating in the city's first-ever "Taste of Downtown" event.
"We have a balsamic pork tenderloin served with a little hoe cake and corn and fresh okra," said owner Sue Cox, describing what the restaurant was going to be offering people during the event.
Valdosta's Main Street department organized the event to help draw more traffic to downtown.
The restaurants offer a sample of their food and drinks in hopes of attracting more people to their restaurant which in turn helps draw people downtown.
"Everyone's going to have a signature dish and a signature drink and for the twenty dollar wristband you can walk all through downtown and eat your way through," said Valdosta Main Street Coordinator Missy Smith.
But, that's not all. As part of the event, the restaurants will also be offering special menus all week long, and even some of the shops in downtown Valdosta are getting in on the action.
"A lot of the different boutiques and that kind of thing are staying open late at night just to service the different people that are gonna be downtown," Smith noted.
Cox said she is glad to be participating in the event. "We're very excited. It's just a great opportunity to highlight downtown and all the restaurants that are here," Cox elaborated.
An opportunity Valdosta's Main Street Coordinator hopes to continue to offer. Smith said if all goes well, she plans to start holding this event twice a year.