Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Returns to Midtown This Weekend

The first festival to celebrate the South as a culinary destination, this four-day event later this month is designed to lead guests on journey through the region.

Courtesy Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Courtesy Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Patch Staff Report

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns this week to Midtown for its fourth year. The event takes place Thursday through Sunday. 

The first Festival to celebrate the South as a culinary destination, this four-day event is designed to lead guests on journey through the region. With an extensive catalogue of programs and events, guests will eat, drink and learn about the South’s rich food and beverage traditions from the region’s best talent.

The weekend offers three distinct activities: Learning Experiences, Tasting Experiences, and Dinners & Events. The Learning Experiences include smart and entertaining cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tasting seminars and panel discussions all designed by industry leaders. 

The daily learning sessions are rounded off with the Festival’s delicious Tasting Tents. Unlike any other Festival tasting tents, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festivals are curated by chefs and feature a variety of tasting trails including; Chicken, Pig, Lamb, Breakfast, Seafood, Farm Fresh, Southern Snacks, Sweets & Sandwiches and Southern Wines & Spirits. The food trails are complimented by wine and spirits from other “Southern” regions around the globe like Southern Europe, South Africa and South America. 

In the evening dinners and events extend the Festival’s learning and tasting programs to wrap up the day.

Whether spending a few hours in the Tasting Tents, a day or three days with the Festival, guests will find their perfect Southern food and beverage experience. 2014 Ticketing packages include:

  • Tasting Tent Pass – Food and beverage lovers will salivate at the mere mention of the culinary delights gracing this year’s Tasting Tents. Chefs choose favorite recipes to highlight their journey through the South while mixologists, sommeliers and brewers craft the perfectly complemented libation. Whether cravings include barbeque or soul food, Tasting Tents will satisfy all with its epicurean offerings. $100 per Tasting Tent ticket. 

  • Day Pass – Day Passes are ideal for curious food and beverage enthusiasts, desiring to not only taste incredible flavors but also to educate themselves through the top minds in the culinary world. Day Passes allow ticketholders to choose three Learning Experiences, including cooking and cocktail demonstrations, food and beverage tasting seminars and panel discussions, and to enjoy one Tasting Tent. Day Pass holders also receive a Festival gift bag. $185 per day. 

  • Three-Day Pass – If one day isn’t enough (and when it comes to food gluttony, one day is never enough!), Atlanta Food & Wine Festival offers Three-Day Passes for guests looking to expand their tastes and minds. Ticketholders can choose nine Learning Experiences, enjoy three Tasting Tent sessions, receive a ticket to the Pig Out: Coastal Style party and leave with a Festival gift bag. $525 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

  • Connoisseur Day Pass – If a more exclusive, lavish experience is what you seek, receive VIP treatment with the Connoisseur Day Pass. Live in the lap of luxury with a dedicated concierge to assist in planning the perfect gastronomic adventure which includes three Connoisseur Learning Experiences,* one Tasting Tent session with VIP entrance, one Connoisseur breakfast prepared by an award-winning chef, one evening dinner or event of your choice not including the Blackberry Farm dinner, access to the private Connoisseur Lounge and Connoisseur gift bag. $700 per day. 

  • Connoisseur Three-Day Pass – The ultimate Atlanta Food & Wine Festival ticket, the Connoisseur Three-Day Pass offers the most exclusive schedule for food and beverage devotees, tastemakers and inquisitive Festival goers. For an experience unlike any other, the Connoisseur Three-Day Pass dedicates a personal concierge to assist with the planning of your individualized experience which includes choosing nine Connoisseur Learning Experiences* and three Tasting Tent sessions with VIP entrance, invitations to three Connoisseur breakfasts, private dinners Thursday and Friday, Blackberry Farm dinner Saturday as well as access to the elegant Connoisseur Lounge. Guests will also depart with a Connoisseur gift bag. $2,000 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

    *Connoisseur ticketholders may choose reserve seating for general classes in lieu of attending Connoisseur Learning Experiences.

    About Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

    Launched in 2011, by Atlanta entrepreneurs Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a four-day culinary experience celebrating the South. With an Advisory Council of more than 90 award-winning talent from 13 Southern states and the District of Columbia, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival offers carefully-crafted programs and events to entertain and educate consumer about the rich food and beverage traditions of the region. The Festival also celebrates the flavors of other Southern regions around the globe including Southern Europe, South Africa, South America, Southern Hemisphere (Australia and New Zealand) and South-of-the-Border for Mexico. Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns to Midtown Atlanta Thursday, May 29 – Sunday, June 1, 2014. 

  • For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com. Follow Atlanta Food & Wine Festival on Facebook and Twitter. #AFWF14 For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com.


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