Quick Bites: Food and wine festivals, new restaurants and more

The women-centric Dames & Dregs Beer Festival returns Aug. 10 from 1 to 10 p.m. at The Masquerade at Underground Atlanta. There will be more than 120 beers and spirits to sample, women-led panels on the brewing industry, food, games, giveaways and more. General admission is $35 or $50 for VIP at damesanddregs.com.

The Atlanta Summer Wine Fest will be held Aug. 10 at City Winery with two sessions to choose from – noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. – with more than 50 wines and a selection of local beer. There will be live music upstairs, DJ Q-Tip downstairs, and food will be available for purchase from City Winery. Tickets are now on sale for $45 and will increase to $50 after Aug. 1 and $60 at the door. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added. More details and the link to tickets can be found at atlantawinefestivals.com/summer.

Hatch Chile Festival

Taqueria del Sol, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, and Charleston’s Home Team BBQ are teaming up again to bring the Hatch Chile Fest to Atlanta on Aug. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event celebrates the annual harvest of fresh chiles from Hatch, New Mexico while raising funds for Hogs for the Cause. The one-day, block party style festival will take place at the Westside location of Taqueria del Sol, 1200-B Howell Mill Road, and will feature food stations from the participating restaurants, Hatch-inspired cocktails, local beer from Creature Comforts and live music by Moontower. Tickets are available at this link.

The inaugural ATL Wine + Spirits Fest will be held Aug. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Promenade at Piedmont Park. Proceeds will benefit The Piedmont Park Conservancy. ATL Wine + Spirits Fest is modeled after the Wine on the River hosted in Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Louisville, and Mobile. The event will highlight wines from various regions across the globe and feature hundreds of varieties of wine, beer and spirits for sampling. All attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass and passport designating the various regions. Tickets are on sale now: General Admission tickets are $49 plus tax per person and include a souvenir wine glass and all wine samples. Day-Of General Admission tickets are $59 plus tax per person and will only be available if advanced tickets have not sold out. In addition, a “Designated” Driver ticket which excludes any access to alcohol sampling is available for $20 plus tax. All tickets are available online at ATLWineandSpiritsFest.com. This is a 21 and older event and everyone must have a valid ID for admission.

The 16th Annual German Bierfest will offer a day filled with authentic German beers, live music and food on Aug. 24 from 2 to 7 p.m. in Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta. Receive a commemorative sample glass to use to enjoy unlimited samples of more than 35 authentic German Beers. Atlanta area German restaurants will serve up bratwurst, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel, and more. Tickets are available at this link.

Curry Up Now, the Indian fast casual and transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, will open its first metro outpost at 1575 Church Street in Decatur on July 30. Guests can enjoy free burritos, samosas, or bowls if they’re one of the first 150 people in line at 11:30 a.m., plus 50 percent off orders all day long and entertainment from Bhangra dancers and henna artists. The restaurant is known for its Tikka Masala Burritos, Deconstructed Samosas, Indian street food and more. For more, visit curryupnow.com.

New Realm Brewing and Lyft have partnered to help Giving Kitchen, the nonprofit that helps food workers in need. Until the end of the year, if you take Lyft to New Realm in Poncey-Highland, $4 will be donated to the charity.

Bea Lewis

Bea Lewis, founder of Hush Dinner Club, will open Concept, an American, diner-inspired restaurant, along Georgia Avenue in Summerhill in early 2020. Concept will blend modern American cuisine with the interior look and feel of a traditional 1950s diner. There will be a 1,200-square-foot dining room, a 1,300-square-foot industrial kitchen and a 2,000-square-foot patio. Once complete, the patio may also be reserved for private events. The restaurant is part of the Summerhill redevelopment from Carter in partnership with Oakwood Development and Healey Weatherholtz Properties. The team is developing 35 acres into a mixed-use neighborhood including corporate office uses, traditional multifamily apartments, specialty and neighborhood retail and private student apartments.

Tickets for Taste of Atlanta, which is set for Oct. 18-20 at Historic Fourth Ward Park, are now on sale. The 18th annual festival will feature more than 100 restaurants as well as on-stage cooking demos, cooking classes and new this year, Food Districts, a more expansive VIP Experience and a Saturday night concert. Buy tickets at tasteofatlanta.com.

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