The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns this June for its sixth year. Featuring more than 250 chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, pitmasters and artisans, the four-day event is an interactive (and delicious) ode to the flavors and history of Southern cuisine. Tickets are on sale starting today, and here are 5 reasons to scoop them up:
1. Tasting Tents at an all-new location
This year’s all-you-can eat experience is sited in the Greensward Promenade area of Piedmont Park, which includes flat green space and a fountain, the covered tents will celebrate the culinary variety of the South, as well as the region’s international influences. A Connoisseur hospitality area in the Tents will be designed by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.
2. Become a connoisseur!
To indulge in this year’s festival like a true VIP, consider the Connoisseur program, which offers the opportunity to socialize, eat and drink at private (and invitation-only) food and beverage programs. The Connoisseur package also includes special access to the exclusive Connoisseur Lounge, which will be decked out by an award-winning designer, as well as a separate Tasting Tent open only to Connoisseurs.
3. Learn to cook like a master chef.
The festival has expanded its learning experience through the new Masterclass series, two-hour sessions that will cover more advanced topics such in-depth wine pairings led by Master Sommeliers or a class on rare bourbons and country hams.
4. Urban vineyard
No need to journey to the North Georgia foothills for a vineyard experience. This year’s festival will feature Vineyard in the City, a unique pop-up vineyard and event venue—sited in the former Atlanta Symphony Hall lot of 14th Street—that will remain open after the Festival until July 14 for community use. The first of its kind, the pop-up will serve as the site of can’t miss festival events such as a “Grapes from A to Z” wine luncheon and a VIP Sunday Brunch.
5. Exclusive dinners + events
Held throughout the city at private homes, restaurants and local venues, curated dinners and parties will be sprinkled throughout the evening and feature the talents of regional chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. Tickets are $45 –$300 per person, per dinner/event.
Purchase tickets and find more more information at www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com