Set for Thursday through Sunday, the first festival to celebrate the South as a culinary destination is designed to lead guests on a journey through the region. It features more than 250 award-winning Southern chefs, sommeliers and beverage innovators. It features more than 100 classes, carefully curated tasting tents and delicious evening dinners and events, all designed to showcase the Southern food, drink and culture.
Since its start in 2011, the festival has worked to fulfill its mission of shining an international spotlight on the rich food and beverage traditions of the Southern region from Texas to Washington. With the support of its advisory council of more than 90 award-winning food and beverage leaders, the festival assembles an incredible and enriching weekend of learning and tasting experiences. The 2014 class roster includes 100 demonstrations and seminars ranging from exploring foodways of the Colonial South like Florida’s cracker cuisine or the juleps of the late 1700s to highlighting the Asian influences in the region.
Guests will rub elbows with some of the South’s most notable culinary leaders throughout the weekend. James Beard award-winning chefs, cutting-edge mixologists, legendary beverage distillers, master sommeliers, barbecue pitmasters and local growers will be on hand for four days of exploring and celebrating Southern food and beverage traditions. Enjoy classes and learn from these industry leaders during the day before heading to wine and dine with them at night at the festival’s dinners and special events held throughout Atlanta.
Guests will eat, drink and learn about the South’s vibrant food and drink culture and history during the festival’s highly acclaimed learning experiences at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.
Deemed by industry leaders, as “PhD-level program for the food and drink lover,” the festival’s 100 classes are all carefully designed by its advisory council to entertain and enrich. Whether it’s the techniques labs, cocktail tastings or even rolling up sleeves to create alongside our guest chefs, learning has never been so delicious.
From bourbon and juleps to champagne and punch, wine and cocktails have played an integral role in the development of the South. Bask in beverage traditions with classes including: Drink Like a Colonial, Southern Craft Brewers Spill It, Men in Pink and Beer-Based Cocktails that will showcase the region’s drink culture and celebrate Southerner’s favorite wines from Texas to Washington. The festival also will pay tribute to culinary influences across the globe.
The festival was launched by Atlanta entrepreneurs Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com.