The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival was held June 1-3 and the entire weekend is dedicated to Southern cuisine. The three-day weekend included exclusive wine and food tastings featuring more than 250 restaurants, chefs, and wine and whiskey producers. Classes were also offered to educate guests as they explored and learned regional flavors, traditions, and differences.
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The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival was held at the beautiful Loews Hotel in Midtown Atlanta and its in its seventh year and has evolved into one of the top festivals in the nation by bringing top chefs and brands from all around the south to educate attendees on southern cuisine. Classes offered everything from Southern African wines to Louisiana seafood, street foods like fried chicken and tamales.
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Passports and Grub’s highlights, most memorable moments, and photos from the seventh annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.
For the third year in a row, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has collaborated with entrepreneurs that are in the beginning stages of their food or beverage careers. The Program provides participants the opportunity to gain valuable insight from other successful food and beverage entrepreneurs.
The reception cocktail hour allowed attendees to network and catch up with old friends.
The Six & Twenty Carolina Cream with iced coffee cubes was by far the best thing I’ve ever tasted!
There was not a shortage of whiskey
There was not a shortage of whiskey at the festival kickoff event, which included big boys like Bulleit and Four Roses and craft distilleries like Nashville’s own Belle Meade. My personal favorite was the Bulleit popsicles!!
In the South African Wine Safari, Justin Anthony the owner of Atlanta 10 Degrees South, Cape Dutch, Yebo Beach Haus and Biltong bar along with South African Wine Distributor and expert Alister Glen took us on an expertly guided safari of South African Wines.
While South Africa, which is about three times the size of the state of California, is considered a New World wine region, it’s no newcomer to growing wine grapes.
In the Louisana Seafood class with Cody Carroll and Samantha Carroll, the husband and wife duo took us on a culinary journey through their home state of Louisana. Louisana culinary roots run deep within French, Spanish, African, Caribbean, and American Indian influences. Some of the responses during the session were as follows:
- “There is nothing like Creole food.”
- “The best red beans and rice I’ve ever had.”
After a day of eating and drinking nonstop what a better way to finish off the beautiful evening than by making my way from the Loews to Piedmont Park to enjoy more festivities.
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Tasting Tents are designed to take attendees on a journey through the South with “tasting trails” showcasing great food and cocktails from across the south and around the globe.
I missed the Nashville Hattie B’s Hot Chicken tent but it was the talk of the event. Literally, everyone was discussing the hot quail and how it was the best thing ever.
The heat was down and the humidity was up but with all of the whiskey and moonshine, everyone was drinking it seemed to get hotter and hotter with each shot but the laughs and the connections that were made are priceless.
If you are trying to decide which festival to attend in 2018 make sure you put the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival on your list because while this was my first attendance it definitely will not be my last! If you are looking for additional activities to do in Atlanta make sure you check out Atlanta City Pass for discounts.