A lot of places I've lived and visited do an annual "taste of" food festival, where restaurants set up booths and happy hungry hordes are welcome to come, hang out, eat, and of course, pay.
After bouts with several of these including in the town I live in now, I refuse to go anymore and think they're a scam, and not a way to showcase local restaurants at all. By the time entry fees and costs at each booth are added up, you find yourself paying $15 for 2 slices of pizza and 2 lemonades (as reported by friends recently). What's being sold is often not at all related to the restaurant and is included just a money maker. You're often stuck paying more than you would at the restaurant - and not for a taste so you HAVE to make a meal of whatever you've gotten. I can't get a little bit of soup/bread/whatever for $1 but instead must pay $4 or more and get a large serving.