Atlanta’s celebration of food and drink, Taste of Atlanta, is returning to the city from Oct. 25 to 27. More than 90 of Atlanta’s restaurants will be participating in in the three-day culinary festivities held at Tech Square in Midtown.
"Taste of Atlanta gets more and more delicious every year," said Dale DeSena, president and founder of Taste of Atlanta. "We take great pride in the fact that the festival caters to food lovers of all ages and appetites — Taste of Atlanta truly has something for everyone!"
The festival will include tastings, chef seminars, cooking workshops, culinary classes, and family-friendly activities, and will kick off with "Atlanta’s Taste Revival: Local Chefs, Smokin’ Jams" on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6.30 p.m. This lively event hosted by chef Ron Eyester will bring live Southern rock music from Parker Smith and the Bandwith, and food from local celebrity chefs serving their specialty dishes inspired by their favorite bands, musicians, and songs. A portion of the proceeds from Atlanta’s Taste Revival will benefit the local nonprofit Georgia Organics — an organization connecting organic food from local farms to Georgia families. Some other festival events include:
VIP Experience: VIP ticket-holders who are 21 years and older receive exclusive access to the "Wine + Beer + Cocktail Experience," including samples of more than 50 wines, 30 craft beers, and 10 cocktails from Atlanta’s top bartenders. VIP ticket-holders will also get additional free tastings from restaurants and sponsors not accessible for general-admission festival attendees.
Family Food Zone: Perfect for the whole family, the Family Food Zone cooking stage, with host Beth Bacall from 104.7 THE FISH, will be the center for educational demos and cooking lessons from national and local chefs, including the "Iron Chef Kids Competition," in which two kids acting as chefs-in-training go head to head for an ultimate showdown.
Barcraft Competition: Atlanta's top bartenders will compete for the title of "Taste of Atlanta's Best Bartender."
Advance tickets must be purchased by midnight on Oct. 25. For more information, visit the festival webpage.