Best Bets: Fill up on food and scary ghost tours this weekend

Taste of Atlanta and Taste of Suwanee

New York and L.A. have nothing on Atlanta. Whether inside or outside the perimeter, the metro area has plenty of great restaurants. Foodies can certainly get their fill this weekend with two "taste of" events highlighting the best the area has to offer.

Taste of Atlanta will crowd the streets of Atlantic Station this weekend. Now in its sixth year, the event will feature more than 70 of the city's most acclaimed eateries, from high-end to quick grub.

Celebrity chefs Ted Allen and Rocco DiSpirito will be on hand to dispense their culinary know-how during the two-day event, and the inaugural Harvest Market will showcase metro restaurants that support sustainable cuisine.

General admission is $35 for 10 tickets, and VIP admission is $60 and includes 20 tickets and access to a wine-tasting tent. For more information, visit www.tasteofatlanta.com

A bit closer to home, Taste of Suwanee will take over Town Center Park on Saturday. Eat your way through the park with more than 30 restaurants, coffee shops and caterers pushing samples of their specialties.

Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day, and The Dish Lounge will feature a live broadcast of college football games. Artists and vendors will also be set up between the food booths.

The inaugural Taste of Suwanee event is a benefit for the North Gwinnett Tip Off Club, which supports the school's basketball programs. Admission is free, and samples will run you one to six tickets, each costing 50 cents. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 678-768-8373 or visit www.suwanee.com.

Needless to say, expect to walk into work Monday with a full belly.

A Tour of Southern Ghosts

Black-and-orange decor has again invaded area shops, signaling only one thing: Halloween is right around the corner. (In 19 days, to be exact.)

To set the mood, head over to ART Station for the annual A Tour of Southern Ghosts.

Gwinnett's most acclaimed storytellers lead visitors through the dimly lit footpaths of the Antebellum Plantation at Stone Mountain Park, recounting infamous tales about The Witch of Winder, The Ghost Dog of Hog Mountain and others. In true Halloween spirit, some rumors - er, stories - are slightly scary, but most are humorous. Rest assured, no stories are too frightening for small children.

A Tour of Southern Ghosts will be offered today through Oct. 31 at ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Tours are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Three additional tours will be offered Oct. 29-31. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and under. Call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.