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MAR-APR 2019

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56 Story by Cheré Coen R E A D U S O N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S O C I A L . C O M 56 It doesn't take long before you enter Sandy Springs to notice how the traf- fic and noise of Atlanta slips away. The city on Atlanta's north perimeter is a new addition to the state, having been incorporated in 2005, and places an emphasis on greenspace, quality of life and a vibrant culinary scene. We came for the annual Food That Rocks Festival, a June event combining numerous Sandy Springs restaurants with live music. The festival was held at the new City Springs, a municipal complex that includes a conference center, 4-acre public park and a state-of-the-art performing arts theater. "It's meant to have a sense of place," said David Daly, Sandy Springs' Director of Programming. "It's a really versatile space." Versatile, indeed. The night of the Food That Rocks Festival, a thunderstorm brewed, with tornado watches being issued, and for a time we all sought refuge in the underground parking garage. Carrying small plates and cocktails, no one seemed to mind and the experience allowed us to view the innovative ways the city incorporated parking spaces out of sight. Once the storm passed, we all headed back to the festival tents, enjoying culinary samplings from 29 city restaurants. But you don't have to visit Sandy Springs in June to enjoy the food. With more than 300 restaurants, culinary artisans and food specialty shops in the small metropolitan area, it's a top destination for food lovers with something for everyone. Here are a few highlights that we enjoyed: CalyRoad Creamery — Roll up your sleeves and learn how to create cheese with owner Robin Schick (who's also a wine connoisseur, so there's fun libations as class lagniappe). Schick makes up to 300 pounds of different cheeses a day in her shop, all starting with Georgia milk. She offers tastings, tours and classes weekly. Susansnaps — Laura Stachler started making gingersnaps when her daughter and husband suffered through chemotherapy; ginger helps upset stomachs. The delicious cookies, offered in many varieties, took off and now Laura and her daughter, Susan, create hundreds daily and mail them throughout the country. The duo even published a cookbook and have been on national media numerous times. Café Vendome — We love anything French and this authentic artisanal French café delivers fabulous cakes, pastries, baguettes and sandwiches. Lunch here is exquisite! Ray's on the River — Located right on the Chattahoochee River, Ray's serves up hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and signature dishes such as horseradish-encrusted black grouper. We recommend Sunday brunch at Ray's, which includes numerous menu items, including oysters on the half shell, boiled shrimp, roasted prime rib and other brunch staples. Once you've enjoyed your fill of culinary treats, take to nature and hike or bike the city's trails or hit the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and its host of outdoor fun. Sandy Springs features 16 city parks, among them the 30-acre Morgan Falls Overlook Park. A favorite of natives and visitors alike, Morgan Falls Overlook is ripe with trails, pavilions and swings overlooking the river. It's also home to the High Country Paddle Shack, where visitors can rent kayaks and paddle boards and take to the water. Speaking of water sports, coming up in April is the annual Take it to the River Lantern Parade at Morgan Falls. The event pays tribute to the Chattahoochee with a parade of lighted globes, parasols and other whimsical treats. For more information on Sandy Springs, go to visitsandysprings.org. Sandy Springs, a Natural Food Lovers' Paradise

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