WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO PROJECT PABST ATLANTA 2017!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/18/17

One of our favorite events last year was Project Pabst held in East Atlanta and its back for its second year on Saturday, October 7th! Do you like Iggy Pop, Dinosaur JR, playing old-school arcade games, and/or just love PBR? We have two tickets for you! Go to any of the below links and do the following:

  1. Like the post.
  2. Like our page.
  3. Leave a comment and tag your favorite concert or festival friend.

Here is the Facebook page where the post is near the top: https://www.facebook.com/AdventuresinAtl/

Here is link to the Twitter post: https://twitter.com/AdventuresAtl/status/909974284889620481

We will pick the winner randomly on Wednesday prior to the concert (10/4 by midnight). Good luck!

Want more information on Project Pabst? Here you go. You’re welcome.

http://atlanta.projectpabst.com

 

Project Pabst has teamed up with Rival Entertainment to present the second annual Project Pabst Atlanta on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The daylong event will feature three stages and performances from iconic punk rocker Iggy Pop, guitar rock gods Dinosaur Jr, Grammy-nominated Los Angeles-based soul collective The Internet, boundary-pushing performer Peaches and more. See full line-up below.

 

Launched in Portland in 2014, Project Pabst expanded to a four-city festival series last year. The 2017 series kicked off May 20 in Denver with additional block party-style shows on September 16 in Philadelphia and October 7 in Atlanta, GA. Project Pabst merged with Portland’s MusicfestNW last year for a sold out, two day event, which is set to return this year on August 26 and 27.

 

The Atlanta block party event will take place in East Atlanta Village and tickets will be available, Wednesday, June 7 at 10am ET for $45 in advance at http://atlanta.projectpabst.com. If tickets still remain on the day-of-show, they will be available for $55 at the door. This event is strictly 21 and over.

 

Pabst’s National Brand Ambassador Matt Slessler notes, “We’re excited to return to Atlanta for a second year. Atlanta has always been a champion of PBR and we can’t wait to bring our festival back to East Atlanta Village. This year, we’re also excited to team up with the leading local promoter in the city, Rival Entertainment. No one knows the city better and supporting local businesses in Atlanta is important to us, returning the support the city has showed us.”

 

Project Pabst offers a unique festival experience, incorporating music, art, hands-on interactive elements, as well as food and beer at reasonable “non-festival” prices. Festivalgoers will be entertained with the old school video games in the PBRcade, the PBR Vandalism interactive graffiti art display, and Pabst Wax—an on-the-spot pressing of vinyl recordings that the fans create themselves. Additionally, a local artist from each city will be highlighted on a limited edition Project Pabst 16 oz. can.

 

PROJECT PABST ATLANTA

MAIN STAGE

Iggy Pop

Dinosaur Jr.

The Internet

Peaches

Watch the Duck

The Coathangers

Ruby Velle and Soulphonics

 

EARL STAGE

Gentleman Jesse & His Men

Withered

The Difference Machine

The Powder Room

Illegal Drugs

Glare

DiCaprio

 

OUTSIDE STAGE

RMBLR

Goldyard

A Drug Called Tradition

Vincas

Lord Narf

 

WE TRIED SOMETHING NEW AND LOVED IT! CHECK OUT OUR REVIEW OF INWEGO.

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/21/17

If we hopped in a time machine and went back 10 years to tell ourselves that our 2007 colorless flip phones would one day give us an app that offers tickets to live events like concerts, sports games, brewery tours, festivals and more for only $29 a month, we wouldn’t have believed it! But, that’s where we’re at with technology. It’s called INWEGO, a monthly subscription to get unlimited tickets to Atlanta sports and live events for just $29 a month. But it’s just for sports lovers, right? Wrong. Most people we’ve talked to that had any hesitation about INWEGO said they weren’t into sports enough to become a member of the subscription. Well, we’ve got news for you. Are you a BaseballlovingHeadbangingRockerDarkBeerDrinker? INWEGO’s got you covered. What about a FootballWatchingZombiebyDayImprovHecklerbyNight? Check. Or even a CowboybootdancingBasketballHoopsterIPAOfficianato? You’re good. The amount of events available each week have you covered!

 

Now let’s talk about the app itself. INWEGO adds events 5 days prior to each event. One of the biggest tips we can give is that if there an event you really want to go to, pay attention to when it goes live to ensure you get to attend (since there are limited quantities and some events sell out fast). Your ticket will become available two hours prior to the event and to get your tickets; you’ll need to be close to the event. You can’t sit at home and get your tickets, but they’ll be waiting for you on your phone when you get there. Finally, find a group! If you and a few of your friends all have INWEGO you can group together when signing up for all live events, that way you can sit together! It’s really easy to connect and link to friends! You can also purchase guest passes for most events for non-INWEGO subscribers. If they love it, send them your referral link and you each get $10 off when they join.

 

Beyond the tips above, we got to try the INWEGO app for a month first-hand and wanted to share some of our experiences with you. We went to a Braves game, a concert, and a pub crawl all in one month. Here are some snippets of our adventures:

 

Are you IN the next horde? Imagine the streets of the Virginia Highlands filled with gaggles of zombies, while some brave souls have come armed with bats to defend the street. But, it’s up to you to decide, are you a zombie or are you a survivor? INWEGO lets you decide! Not just sports, INWEGO has festivals and even pub crawls throughout the year for everyone to enjoy! This month, they had, the annual Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl. We go to this event every year so we had to jump at the chance to experience it through INWEGO. It was easy! We signed up, got there and checked-in, all good. Of course, we had a blast with zombies from prison, on a bus, and even a few umpa lumpas that must not have made it out of Charlie’s Chocolate Factory.  On top of that, we even ran into other INWEGO people we’d met before. Stay tuned for more on that!

 

Get IN a Sing-a-long with Mr. Roboto. When REO Speedwagon and Styx concert came up on INWEGO we were sad, it had already had no slots left by the time we saw it. REO Speedwagon and Styx are both bands we’ve never seen and are on our list to see one day. What’s great about this app is that if you check it daily there are a ton of surprises. The next day they released more spots and we got IN! On the day of the concert, we tested to see if we could check in from home, but that didn’t work. You do have to be relatively close to the venue to check into any event. Our tickets were actually very good in the 100s section and they didn’t have assigned parking, so there were no issues getting in the concert or getting parked. We actually looked our tickets up online and they would have been $70 each plus fees, so we felt the app really would be worth it if you went to even one concert a month like this. We met a couple who sat next to us who had used the app for months and loved it. Low and behold we also saw them at the Zombie Pub Crawl a week later (remember, I said stay tuned). To them, the app has become a community for them.  They actually know people most the time they go places from INWEGO! Very interesting.

 

Take IN a Braves Game. The second you walk into Suntrust Park, you feel the excitement and marvel at the sheer awesomeness of the new ballpark for the Atlanta Braves. It really is the new place to be in Atlanta with everything The Battery has to offer from PBR Atlanta to Terrapin Taproom to Todd English Tavern to Wahlburgers. It is an all-day food, fun, and sports haven. As far as the game, the seats were good enough for the casual baseball fan in the outfield near the mega, ginormous, big screen. We wish we could have been a little closer and not in the sun because it was a scorcher that day, but we were close to The Battery entrance and easy in-and-out.  Our one suggestion would we’d like to see in this app is more about the venue, venue information, parking, and any additional fees like parking you’ll have to incur. Parking is expensive at SunTrust Park so we would’ve liked more information about this additional cost. INWEGO has a FAQ area in the app, but it doesn’t get specific on venues and their details. We ended up looking up the Suntrust Park on our own to find out they charge WAY too much for parking and ended up spending too much time searching for something affordable. If they could add something about this, it would have been helpful at that venue specifically. We didn’t have issues with this at anything else we went to, so to be fair it’s probably just Suntrust Park’s issue.

 

Do you want IN? Of course, you do. Download the app to browse for free, and use code ATLADVENTURE for 50% off your 1ST month of INWEGO. Yep, that’s $14.50 to try it out for one month and see if you like it. But hurry, you only have until the end of September to redeem our promo code. Who knows you may run into us at the next event!

3RD ANNUAL FIRE IN THE FOURTH EVENT RECAP

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/30/17

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, thousands of revelers attended the third annual Fire in the Fourth festival in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward. Hailing the historic Great Atlanta Fire of 1917, which burned over 50 city blocks in the Old Fourth Ward, this year’s fête celebrated with a never-before-seen interactive installation of the 100-year history of Boulevard, one of the best seen performances by Circus Combustus, and a diverse offering of live, local musicians, dancers, visuals artists, food, drinks and much more. Known as a resilient community, Saturday’s rain was no obstacle for the festival as attendees ducked inside local businesses on Edgewood and Auburn Avenues to mix and mingle before The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable band brought back the party back to the streets and bonafide New Orleans-style brass band, Wasted Potential Brass Band, hit the main stage, getting the entire crowd to dance. A free festival that’s open to all ages, all proceeds from Fire in the Fourth benefit the Old Fourth Ward Business Association’s beautification and public safety initiatives. For the full list of attractions or additional information, visit www.fireinthe4th.com.

 

Mark your calendars for year four! The date for the 4th annual Fire in the Fourth festival will be on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

KEUNE HAIRCOSMETICS’ ATLANTA BLEND LAUNCH PARTY A SUCCESS

Sunday, January 22nd at 7 pm

Location: Southern Exposure

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/31/17

Immersive Creative Experience “Blends” Together Hair Styling, Music, Makeup, and Performance Art

Atlanta, Georgia (January 26, 2017) – Keune Haircosmetics, a global hair care company with North American headquarters in Atlanta, launched its much-anticipated new hairstyling product line BLEND at an exclusive, invite-only event on January 22, 2017.  Produced by  Bill Kaelin Marketing and located at the striking  Southern Exposure venue within King Plow Arts Center on Atlanta’s Westside, the event hosted over 250 hair  stylists  and  tastemakers,  and played off of a “blended” theme throughout, including a variety of unexpected artistic experiences, entertaining performances, and creative food and drink.

“Keune BLEND’s launch party was a celebration of individuality, personal style, true beauty, and art,”  says Atlanta-based Rachael Hoffman, VP of Marketing for Keune North America. “We are thrilled with the positive reception to Keune’s hot new hair styling line, and look forward to continuing to expand BLEND’s reach for consumers and hair stylists alike throughout Atlanta and North America’s hair salons. For a company that has been around for over 97 years, in 72 countries – we are just getting started in the states and the response has been tremendous.”

Southern Exposure’s expansive 7,000-foot space with soaring 25-foot ceilings, more than 2,000 panes of glittering glass windows and unique vignettes set the scene for the BLEND creative experience to unfold.  Everywhere guests turned there was something to stimulate the senses Atlanta  DJ Ree De La Vega put a bounce in partygoers’ steps with her sick beats, while famed local graffiti artist Dr. Dax created a large scale painting that was given away at the end of the evening. An aerialist flew over an all-white photography area where guests were given the opportunity to take part in a live photo shoot. Performance artist Diego entertained onlookers through a glass-walled bathroom space, where he played with BLEND products and various hairstyles, while hair models with makeup by Crush Studio and styling by nationally renowned Keune artists George Alderete, Edward Woody and Switzerland’s Mike Karg showcased trendy BLEND looks throughout the crowd.

Garbed in over-the-top wigs filled with colorful BLEND products, drag queen hosts took Polaroid photos of guests that hung from clotheslines during the event, and later, attendees took home their snapshots. The hosts included the fabulous Dax Exclamation Point, who has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race; Brigitte Bidet, who emcees her show “Tossed Salad” at Burkhart’s Pub; and Hydrangea Heath, who performs for the “Tossed Salad” and “Gurlfrand” shows in Atlanta.

Garbed in over-the-top wigs filled with colorful BLEND products, drag queen hosts took Polaroid photos of guests that hung from clotheslines during the event, and later, attendees took home their snapshots. The hosts included the fabulous Dax ExclamationPoint, who has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race; Brigitte Bidet, who emcees her show “Tossed Salad” at Burkhart’s Pub; and Hydrangea Heath, who performs for the “Tossed Salad” and “Gurlfrandz” shows in Atlanta.

Bold American Catering tantalized taste buds with creative bites that juxtaposed flavors like sweet and savory and cool and hot, such as bacon and peanut butter shots and cantaloupe and pineapple with smoked chili powder. At the open bar, Bai cocktails matched BLEND’s hot-hued packaging in flavors like blood orange, pineapple and grapefruit and Atlanta’s Wild Heaven provided yellow cans of Emergency Drinking Beer. Plus, mobile sips and treats  included Cult Carts’ “adult” cotton candy in unexpected blended flavors, such as Strawberry Fig Balsamic, Lavender Cookies & Cream, and Vanilla Popcorn, as well as a model who brought bubbly to partygoers with her “Champagne dress.” Tito’s Vodka served up Moscow Mule slushies from the dry ice bar in VIP.

Fashioned for the modern muse, style chameleon, and free spirit, Keune BLEND sparks creativity with endless mix-and-match hair-styling options. The 14 premium products in the modern and colorful BLEND collection feature packaging with silver metallic, bold black and a rainbow of hot hues, and look just as great on your shelf or countertop as it does when used on your hair. The line encourages personal style by offering everything you need to work with volume, texture, hold, shine and more. Use each product, from a shaping texturizing cream to a de-frizzing shine booster, alone or create a custom mash-up that suits your hair or the mood and mode of the moment. Grab two, three, four—as many products as you want—to invent a whole new shape and make it your own. It is top-shelf mixology for hair that’s going places.

Need inspiration? Keune has got you covered with eight international looks inspired by today’s street fashion and DIY videos to help you create them. Watch another video introducing Keune BLEND here.

All Keune BLEND products are available for purchase at professional salons, including Salon 124 and Genesis Salon locations in the Atlanta area. To find one near you, visit us.keune.com/salonfinder.

ABOUT KEUNE HAIRCOSMETICS:
A family-owned and founded company based in The Netherlands, Keune Haircosmetics has served hair stylists, colorists, and consumers since 1922 by providing the finest professional hair color, hair care, and styling products to more than 70 countries. For more information, visit keune.com/na.

THE FINAL GREAT ATLANTA BEER FEST

Saturday, October 8th at 1pm

Location: Turner Field

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/15/16

 

With a little dust in the eye, the days of Turner Field, or as Atlanta’s refer to it, the Ted, has come to an abrupt end. Gone with it are 20 years of Braves hits and misses, the beauty of the green field, the chop house, and that large Chick-fila cow looming over our heads. Au revoir, auf Wiedersehen, sayonara. But let’s not be sad, let’s celebrate that tradition with one last hurrah to pay homage to the memories. The Great Atlanta Beer Fest accomplished that this year by letting us lose in the dugout, on the field, and letting us run the bases from IPA to stout.

 

image-1As far as the beer, mainstays and favorites like Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt and Burnt Hickory’s Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout were in full force. Here’s a rundown of a few things we tried and enjoyed, which included Red Hare’s Chocolate Porter. It was definitely chocolate forward but finished smooth like a traditional porter. Side note: Red Hare just had their Sticky Stout release and had a specialty Sticky Stout brewed with Thin Mints. Dear Red Hare, pretty please make this a seasonal? Gate City also brought their Terminus Porter. It was a dark, a little smoky, but smooth at the end. Let’s not forget Burnt Hickory’s Die Kreuzen Pumpkin Porter. One of the best porters of the festival, it had pumpkin and all spice up front but then ended like a smooth porter.

 

After that, we went off script with my love of stouts and porters to try Wicked Weed’s Old Fashioned Ale with orange and cherry. The cherry was very prominent on the nose, but it was also a little sweet like a bourbon barrel aged beer would! There was also a cranberry pumpkin beer from Terrapin called Cranberry Pumpkinfest. It was very tart but finished with a lot of pumpkin like their original Pumpkinfest. Even though this isn’t a beer, the Red Hare Root Beer soda is so delicious! Sugary sweet. A good little treat between treats.

 

It never amazes us the number of new breweries that pop up at these festivals, like Gate City Brewery, Dry County, Scofflaw and so much more. Not to mention, we’re excited Abby of the Holy Goats will have a Stout in February. You know where we’ll be then! It’ll almost just be in time for the new SunTrust Stadium to welcome its first Braves fans of 2017.

TERMINUS BADGE GIVE AWAY: WE HAVE A WINNER!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/29/16

CONGRATULATIONS, JULIA DOUGHTY! SEE YOU NEXT WEEKEND!

Contest runs Sunday, May 29th to Saturday, June 11th with winner(s) picked

on Sunday, June 12th

 

You heard us right. We have a two all-access badges to give away to what we’re calling Atlanta’s SXSW! Here’s a little bit about TERMINUS, which is a four-day event devoted to connecting young creatives and industry professionals for the best of film, TV and gaming. Taking place June 16 through 19, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Atlanta, the event will feature hands-on workshops, educational panels, game design expos, exclusive film screenings, awards, as well as chances to meet and network with celebrities, industry leaders, and much more.

We get it, you want to know, “how do I get these badges?” It’s simple. Like our Facebook page, our Instagram, or follow us on Twitter then also like the Terminus page on Facebook. Yes, we’re going to check, you have to be a follower and like Terminus on Facebook to get your reward. We will also be posting frequently about it on all social media. If you like and retweet/share those posts, you’ll get ANOTHER entry or if you already like us, here’s your chance to enter. I know, we’re generous. The badges’ lucky owner(s) will be chosen at random on June 12th and will be contacted that day to coordinate getting your badge(s).

Here are direct links to our pages and Terminus’s event page:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdventuresinAtl/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdventuresAtl

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adventuresinatlanta/

Terminus Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TerminusEvent

GOOD LUCK!

SWEETWATER 420 FEST 2016

Friday, April 22nd to Sunday, April 24th at Times Vary by Day

Location: Centennial Olympic Park

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/1/16

SWEETWATER 420 FEST 2016

 

Sweetwater 420 Fest from day one has always been a mixIMG_8537 of music types, like rock, reggae, and rap. This year there were several big name performers of today and yesterday: Kid Rock, Cypress Hill, The Roots, Bastille, Ludacris, and so much more. Kid Rock began his set with “Don’t Stop Believin‘” as well as Cowboy Baby” peppered in and then ending with the beginning of “Purple Rain” before the heavens opened and drove the audience to shelter. Did Prince NOT want Kid Rock to sing “Purple Rain” or was it a coincidence? Hm. Bastille flowed their way on the stage with smooth tunes. Rebelation was perfect for Earth Day and 420 belting out reggae tunes like it was going out of style. That being said, we originally intended to do what we called Sweetwater 420 Fest in pictures and write something about each band, but in writing this blog, we realized we wanted to dwell on the band that nailed it, wowed us, and killed it.

What happened to the good old days of anything from AC/DC to old Metallica to STP to Ozzy Oawolnationsborne? Where are the threading guitars, mosh pits, reverb, guitar solos, building musical solos that culminate in a flurry of instruments and noise, some real, unadulterated rock?  There are a few bands that come to mind that is current and not-so-mainstream like The Joy Formidable and Silversun Pickups. We’re adding another band to that list that could be legendary: Awolnation. One of the staff for the production company that put on 420 was so wowed that he said they are the next headlining band. We argue, they already are!

With a mix of punk, rock, and harmony, Awolnation brought their A-game. When they entered the stage, dressed in mechanic’s jumpsuits, they kicked-off a great concert with hits like “Hollow Moon” and “Kill Your Heroes.” We wondered why do they wear jumpsuits on stage? We were hoping it was a shout-out to Lost’s Dharma Initiative. Pretty please? We couldn’t glean anything from the internet so there’s always hope. Crossing fingers. What we really enjoyed about Awolnation is they could have been just any other bacrowd waiting for AWOLnd that plays a bland melodic song with a mix of electronic and indie sound. We found they are NOT rock-lite or even good indie rock but much more. They know how to go all punk and rock-out and that was what really hit their performance home for us. The lead singer, Aaron Bruno, is also interactive and seemed to really enjoy his own music, which is refreshing. The Last song was, of course, the one that they broke on the rock scene with “SAIL!” A perfect mix of rock, electronic, and harmony. We, along with our friends in the general audience, were all too excited to hear it live. It didn’t disappoint. Rock on, AWOL. We promised our young niece a good show, so keep it up! We’re holding you to it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 HOGS AND HOPS

Saturday, April 16th at 1pm

Location: Historic 4th Ward Park

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/23/16

 

venkmans blt hhWhen the weather turns warmer, and the flowers bloom, festivals pop-up and fill our weekends with food, something usually fried, and local art and music. As the years go on, it seems like more festivals flood our city, which isn’t a bad thing! With more to do, it’s nice to have a go-to, tried-and-true, festival that never disappoints, that’s Hogs and Hops. This year, we enjoyed a BLT, beers, and of course, a big couple pieces of brisket.

Starting with our favorite foods, there was a lot to choose from so it was a hard decision. First, Venkman’s BLT was divine with pork belly, bacon jam, and slaw all on a bun. The pork belly was very meaty with a slight smoke while the bacon jam added to the savor. Then, when you add in sweet slaw and a sweeter bun and there is a mix of sweet and salty. I’ve never had a BLT that was pork belly centered, but it was worth it. We also loved DBA Barbecue’s brisket. First off, it is one large piece of meat, with a good rich brisket flavor. It was slightly smoky, but fall off the bone tender, with a delicious caramelized skin. We also heard that the Mac The Cheese’s mac-n-cheese with pimento cheese and pork was so good, it was the best thing they ever put in their mouth. One thing was for sure, the food at Hogs and Hops this year was top notch, like always.

DBA BBQ HHLet’s not forget about the Hops part of Hogs and Hops. This year Hogs and Hops went undercover and was one heck of a beer festival underneath that Hogs exterior. They had so many local brews, which is all the rage and really want the people want right now. There were also a few new breweries that just came on the Atlanta brewery scene, Dry County to name one. Some of our favorite beers were also on tap: including Monday Night’s Drafty Kilt, their Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt, and IPA, as well as Reformation Stark and Red Hare’s Sticky Stout. One beer that we hadn’t had yet was Blue Tarp’s Last Place Imperial Stout. It was slightly smoky with a smooth finish, as well as had dark chocolate and coffee notes. We enjoyed it!

Enjoying some pork, sipping on a beer is one of the best ways to spend a beautiful spring day. We’re looking forward to our next Atlanta Beer Festivals event, Atlanta Summer Beer Fest in June. Bummed you missed Hogs and Hops? Here’s a link to Atlanta Beer Festival’s list of upcoming events: http://atlantabeerfestivals.com/.  Until then, enjoy the spring weather and we’ll see you next time!

BACONFEST 2016

Saturday, March 26th at 1pm

Location: Dad's Garage

baconfest

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/8/16

Around the corner, the church bell rings. Its noon in Atlanta on a dreary, fog-laden, barely spring day with all the hope that bacon will bring sunshine and happiness. Yes, bacon. That means BaconFest 2016 was upon us with all its bacon-y glory. That unmistakable sizzle, that smoky goodness, hilarious games, and pair it with beer, and that’s BaconFest.  This year, fresh off purchasing new digs, Dad’s Garage moved the festival from Masquerade Music Park to their new location in Old Fourth Ward. What’s ironic is this irreverent bunch of improvers now reside in a church. But you know, that’s how they like it… ironic. New place, same fun.

The best, and our favorite activity at BaconFest is always the Hobo Wine Tasting. We remember the first year that we attended and I was fascinated by the sheer nastiness of the wine. To think that this year’s best in show was Arbor Mist Blackberry is a travesty. In what world is Arbor Mist ever good? Whatever you do, DO NOT try the Thunderbird. It’s rubbing alcohol light. Stay away! Everything in between is pretty gross as well, Night Train, Cisco (Strawberry & Peach), Mad Dog 20/20, and Wild Irish Rose. Fun fact: Dayroom, a local Athens band from the late 90’s had a song called, Irish Rose. They talk about drinking cheap wine and waking up stinking like Wild Irish Rose. We assume they mean this drink. WHY, Dayroom, why? Drinking it is one thing, but smelling like it? Gross.

Another game we enjoyed this year was the Battle Shots. Based on the game, Battleship, opponents guessed the location of the shots on the board. If you hit their boat, they would drink the corresponding shot. If they hit your boat, you drink your corresponding shot. Yes, we can see where this would turn you sideways but it was just Miller Lite in there. It was looking like we would win but unfortunately a guy with a cat face-painted on his forehead beat us. This game wasn’t really about winning or losing, but about getting to drink all your beer in a fun, interesting way. It was fun!

We got Rick Rolled at BaconFest! In the church’s basement, adjacent from the photo booth was a Rock Band set up. While we were sitting there, we hear “Never gonna give you up…” Yep, we just got Rick Rolled. We all laughed about it. Some of the other games included human Foosball, which the ball kept coming out of the game and knocking over people’s beers or hitting them in the head. You could get a kiss from the Clairemont Lounge’s world-famous, Blondie. Yeah, no thanks. Plus, there were the caricatures, roasting, and face-painting.

All-in-all between the bacon, bacon chips, beer, games, and improv skits, BaconFest didn’t disappoint. The weather was a little misty, with light rain mixed in early, but gave way to a pretty nice day overall. It didn’t keep the bacon lovers away. The lines got long, so thank Caren West PR for Whole Hog VIP! Since there was no actual VIP, they made separate lines at all the stations for Whole Hogers to get up front. It was pretty nice! Go Whole Hog next year!

ATLANTA BRUNCH FESTIVAL 2016

Saturday, March 5th at 12 am

Location: Historic 4th Ward Park

Atlanta Brunch Festival 2016

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/13/16

 

An egg breaks into a pan, there is a low sizzle, now topped with bacon jam, and a hint of maple drizzle. One part juice, three parts champagne, keeps the head loose, maybe a trip down memory lane. Yes, it’s an ode to the almighty brunch. It’s something that peaks this poet’s interest, be it hash, chicken & waffles, breakfast tacos, or Huevos Ranchero, it doesn’t seem like we can ever get enough. No matter how you do your brunch, Atlanta Brunch Festival had it all. You couldn’t go wrong. Here’s the meat and potatoes.

One of the first things we tried at Atlatlanta brunch fest breakfast tacoanta Brunch Fest was Wahoo Grill’s Hash. It was a menagerie of flavors: apple, bacon, potato, and collards. It was delicious, with the right amount of sweet apple and salty collards on top of the hearty bacon and smooth potatoes. Right across from Wahoo Grill was a long line for Another Broken Egg. The draw? Fried Green Tomato BLT. The freshly fried green tomato on top of bacon and lettuce, what’s not to like? They also gave you a beignet on the side, which was the best thing I had all day! The right amount of crisp, fried, and sweet powdered sugar.

On the other side of the park, we kept seeing a chunk of Mexican food topped with Chihuahua cheese. We had to scope out where this was coming from; it was Guaco Joe’s. We heard people raving about them! I got the breakfast taco which was a delicious mix of egg, sausage, pico de gallo and crisp lettuce. It was a lot of food and very satisfying. Near there, our friends at the Mad Italian were grilling up fresh, to-order cheese steaks. Fresh, hot, and meaty, they might be right in they are the best cheese steak south of Philly. We love these guys! Funny story, we met a guy who actually thought Mad Italian was offering cheesecake. He went up and got his cheese steak and took a bite and was like, “this isn’t cheesecake.” I just shook my head. Cake doesn’t equal steak.

One of the best spreads was DBA’s potato and pulled pork hash topped with eggs, along with a side abe atlanta brunch festivalof bacon, then top that off with a plate of chicken and waffles. The pulled pork went perfectly with the potato and onion mix, it was the right blend of savory and salt. The bacon was crisp and thick, and in unlimited supply. The chicken with the chicken and waffles was a little bit spicy, as well as seemed to have a hint of bacon in the batter. As for the waffle, it had just the right amount of sweet to compliment the maple and chicken. Overall, delicious all the way around.

When the sun started to set behind Ponce City Market and all the orange juice had run dry, we rolled out full and happy. We should have worn yoga pants! On top of that, it was one of the most beautiful spring-like days we’d ever seen, while the food was dynamic and top-notch. The perfect day, if that can even exist. P.S. it does.