Dale DeSena’s Food That Rocks will be the first festival held at Sandy Springs’ City Springs mixed-use development, the city announced Tuesday, Jan. 23.
“Food that Rocks is a celebration of Sandy Springs, bringing together our restaurateurs with those who love great food, fun and community, which makes this event a perfect fit as we begin to unveil the many opportunities for the community to gather at City Springs,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said.
The festival will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 9, with tickets priced at $55 in advance and $65 at the gate.
The charitable beneficiaries of the third annual Food That Rocks haven’t been announced yet, but two cancer nonprofits were among the three recipients of proceeds last year: Ian’s Friends Foundation, which pays for research into pediatric brain tumors, and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
The third was Second Helpings Atlanta, the food rescue organization founded at Temple Sinai.
“Sandy Springs is my home, so there is a special connection for me. In addition, as a businesswoman, the growth of interesting dining in the city is exciting, and our past success with Food That Rocks demonstrates that fact,” DeSena said. “Moving the event to City Springs gives us an opportunity to grow the event and remain one of the city’s signature happenings.”