For being a food and wine event, I did very little eating or drinking.
Most of my time at last year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival was spent inside the Loews Hotel learning cooking tricks and techniques from some of the South’s most notable chefs.
to learning how to incorporate “misunderstood” vegetables like beets, rutabaga, turnips and Brussels sprouts into soups and salads from Chef Michael Paley of Proof on Main, I left last year’s festival inspired to cook more and expand my culinary horizons.
This year’s festival will be an equally grand feast for the mind. With seminars on Southern wines and liquors, hunting and foraging, and chocolate and baked goods, there’s a learning experience for all epicurean interests. Truly, the hard part will be choosing which to attend.
Those looking to do more eating and drinking should not miss the tasting tents which will feature Southern snacks, bourbon, craft beer, fried chicken and a whole tent dedicated to pork. I had my first taste of moonshine here last year and was surprised by how much liked it.
Single day passes, which include seminars and tasting tents, are still available for all three days, but there’s buzz that Saturday is close to selling out. You can also go “whole hog” and get a three day pass or Connoisseur pass which has added perks.
Additional details on passes, seminars, chefs and tasting tents can be found at Atlanta Food & Wine’s website.
Hope to see you there!
* Disclosure: passes for both 2011 and 2012 festivals were provided to me. all opinions and commentary are my own.