Nobody’s counting calories when it comes time for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF). The four-day food and drink extravaganza has quickly become one of Atlanta’s favorite yearly events, combining tasting tents, connoisseur dinners, hands-on classes and plenty of people watching in midtown Atlanta the long weekend of Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 3.
The festival is designed to showcase Southern food and beverage traditions (from Texas to D.C.). Our unique ingredients and talents — and new ways of combining them — are highlighted, while other countries and parts of the United States are represented as well. New this year: Southern Marketplace offers one-stop shopping for all sorts of artisan food and cooking items.
AFWF’s “Don’t Miss” Events
Destination Delicious: Presented by The Local Palate
Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
AWFW organizers call this the ultimate Southern road trip, with delicious chef creations, fantastic libations and live music. This year’s opening night event will take attendees on a tasting journey through the South, with bites and beverages inspired by the local flavors of the regions that we all know and love.
Entrepreneur Program Presented by Craft Catalyst
Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Calling anyone who wants to have a career in the food world! This program will be a component of the festival’s Nourishing You: Fueling Those Who Fuel Us initiative. Designed to offer resources and support to the talent and exhibitors participating in the festival, this program provides participants with the opportunity to gain valuable insight from successful food and beverage industry entrepreneurs. This year’s program will focus on brand-building, sustainability, value-creation and professional development, providing a track geared towards packaged goods entrepreneurs, as well as a track for chefs and restaurateurs.
The Ingredients of Taste presented by ADAC
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7 p.m.
A celebration of the Southern taste in both flavor and style, this year’s event will transport guests to the true space of inspiration for an acclaimed chef – the comfort of their own home. Stationed in kitchen spaces, chefs will serve up the culinary creations they dish up and devour in their own kitchens. Chefs and kitchen showrooms will collaborate based on personality and key ingredients to provide a unique experience in each space, serving up food and beverage items in a reception-style tasting event.
Sunday Tasting Tents
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Designed to take guests on an epicurean journey through the South, the festival’s tasting tents are not the typical festival tasting experience. The all-you-can-indulge layout allows guests the opportunity to eat, drink and explore the region’s top food and drink products and chef creations while also celebrating international influences that have shaped the South. Tasting Tent tickets are inclusive of all samples once inside the tents.
There is also a special party package this year that includes three nights and three special events for a special price. It includes tickets to Destination Delicious, the Friday Night Tasting Tents and Ingredients of Taste at ADAC for $230.
Tickets for other events start at $85.
All photography provided by Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.
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