More than 250 chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, pitmasters and artisans hailing from Texas to the District of Columbia will be on hand for the sixth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in Midtown June 2-5.
The four-day weekend showcases the rich food and drink traditions of the South through a variety of learning experiences, tasting tents, dinners and classes led by chefs.
“Our event is part conference, part party and is designed to teach guests about the past, present and future of the region’s food and drink scene,” said festival co-founder Dominique Love.
Here are some of the highlights for the 2016 event:
A Series of Masterclasses
For the more serious and seasoned food and drink lover, the festival’s new Masterclass series will offer expanded learning experiences. These two-hour sessions delve into topics ranging from in-depth wine pairings led by master sommeliers to a class on rare bourbons and country hams.
Destination Delicious: The Ultimate Road Trip Party
Located in The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, this year’s kick-off party presented by The Local Palate will take guests on a virtual road trip through some of the South’s top food and drink destinations.
This year’s Sunday Brunch will include a VIP brunch at Vineyard in the City and a general admission brunch at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, food and drinks by more than 15 chefs and mixologists, and live music.
Located in the Greensward Promenade area of Piedmont Park, the new Tasting Tent location will feature sommelier and mixologist lounges, a Pairings Tent, live music, tailgating areas outfitted for barbecuing and relaxation, and a pick-your-garnish cocktail garden.
Vineyard in the City
The festival’s pop-up vineyard and event venue will provide a unique backdrop for Masterclasses and events during the weekend, including a “Grapes from A to Z” Wine Luncheon with master sommeliers and a VIP Sunday Brunch. Located in the former Atlanta Symphony Hall lot of 14th Street, the pop-up vineyard will remain open after the Festival until July 14 for community use.
Ticket prices and packages vary depending on how many days or events you want to attend. Visit atlfoodandwinefestival.com to buy tickets and see more details.