The Cork Pullers Beer, Wine and Spirits Tour Atlanta

Date: Saturday, August 29th
Time: 3pm

About: To be held on Saturday, August 29th from 3pm to 8pm at Candler Park, the 1st Annual Cork Pullers Beer, Wine and Spirits Festival brought to you by Ignition Events is unique in because it features all types of beverages: wine, spirits, and beer. Ticket holders will get a souvenir 6oz sample cup and allowed to sample any of the attending craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Entertainment will play on several stages throughout the park and include several genres for all music lovers. Full music and entertainment line up includes The Halem Albright Band and Hot Sauce & Honey. Food trucks and vendors from local restaurants will be available for purchase. Advanced tickets are $45 until August 29th. If available, tickets are $55 at the door.

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Atlanta Meatball Festival

Date: Sunday, August 30th
Time: 1pm

About: Meatballs, meatballs, meatballs! Get ready Atlanta for the 2nd Annual Atlanta Meatball Festival showcasing the world’s most beloved beef-pork-lamb-chicken (and sometimes seafood!) combos. Join us as Atlanta’s favorite restaurants will prepare a wide selection of mouthwatering meatball dishes in this “battle of the balls” competition under the big top tents Sunday, August 30 from 1-5pm in Sandy Springs at the Belle Isle Square parking area next door to Cibo E Beve. Produced by TasteATL and hosted by Chef Linda Harrell, the event will benefit Second Helpings Atlanta. There are also some serious bragging rights up for grabs. As a true “battle of the balls” challenge, each dish will be voted on by judges and attendees to see who has Atlanta’s mightiest meatball. Once the votes are cast, the top three winners will advance and go head-to-head in a Meat Brawl Throwdown at Taste of Atlanta. In addition to the wide selection of meatball dishes, wine and beer (available for purchase), this festival will spice things up with sweet treats, limoncello tastings, music by DJ MadFlip. (About c/o AMF website). Tickets are $25 until August 30th and then $30 at the gate.

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Saturday, August 29th at 3pm

Location: Candler Park


By Liz and John Attaway

With billowing clouds and small spurts of sunshine, there was the distinct smell of fresh cut grass in the air surrounding the lush Candler Park. Atlanta’s first annual Cork Puller’s Beer, Wine, and Spirits Fest got underway with a trifecta, holy trinity of drink choices: beer, wine and liquor. The crowd wIMG_7719as decent but we never felt like we waited too long for a drink and plenty of space to sit and watch the bands. Here are the highlights of this year’s Cork Pullers.

What would an almost fall festival be without the emergence of the year’s porters, Oktoberfests, and pumpkin ales? The best beer I hadn’t tried at the festival was the Misdemeanor Porter by Jailhouse. It was smooth and malty but not too heavy for a good drinking beer any time of year. Someday, we’ll make it to Hampton to visit them. I’ll come right out and say it, I’m not a huge Sierra Nevada fan. Too. Many. Hops. To my surprise Sierra Nevada has come out with an OctoberFest that is slightly heavier and not too hoppy. I enjoyed this one! Terrapin had just tapped their PumpkinFest the night before so there was plenty to go around at Cork Pullers. Finally, always a delight are some of my favorite Atlanta beers from Monday Night with their Drafty Kilt, and Orpheus’ Atalanta Plum Saison. Too bad the tents weren’t next to each other and I just would have thrown down a chair and hung there.IMG_7717

The other big player was the wine. There were two good whites that I really enjoyed: The D’Arenberg The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc and Columbian Crest Unoaked Chardonnay out of Washington State. The Sav Blanc was a smoother, crisper wine without the traditional over the top grapefruit nose. I enjoyed that. The chardonnay was very smooth with a hint of butter at the end. It was good for a hot summer day. There was also liquor, but I’m not a big liquor person so I stuck to beer and wine. Even though I’m not big on it, the festival goers sure would as the lines for both Jack Daniels and American Born Moonshine were pretty much the longest lines at the festival. They must have had something good.

I have to take a moment here to throw kudos out to Cork Pullers for having the BEST water station we’ve ever seen at a beer festival. Everyone was impressed! Everyone needs to hydrate in the heat, so this was genius. GENIUS, I say! So that’ll about do it for this fun new festival. Until next year…


Saturday, September 5th at 3pm

Location: The Cockentrice

Hosted by Certified Cheese Professionals Hannah Thompson and Tim Gaddis and Featuring 12 Pairings, Jazz and More
Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 3 to 5 p.m.

Atlanta, Georgia (August 20, 2015) – Head to The Cockentrice on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 3 to 5 p.m. for an afternoon of Cheese, Bourbon and Jazz.  Hosted by Certified Cheese Professionals and self-proclaimed jazz lovers Hannah Thompson and Tim Gaddis, the two-hour, jazz-infused class will feature a welcome cocktail and 12 cheese and bourbon pairings. Attendees will also leave with a CD of the jazz music featured throughout the class, a pairing guide, and a greater understanding of how food and music influence each other. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at or by calling (470) 428-2733.


WHAT:            Cheese, Bourbon and Jazz Class at The Cockentrice

WHEN:            Saturday, September 5, 2015
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:         The Cockentrice
99 Krog Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

TICKETS:       Tickets are $65 per person for ages 21 and up and can be purchased via or call (470) 428-2733.


CONNECT:     Visit The Cockentrice online at and on Facebook at, Instagram at @thecockentrice and Twitter at @cockentrice. Follow Executive Chef Kevin Ouzts on Twitter at @spottedtrotter and on Instagram at @thespottedtrotter.

About The Cockentrice:
A celebration of charcuterie and meat cookery, The Cockentrice melds traditional and modern cooking techniques plucked from the rich heritage of the Southern United States and beyond.  Open in Krog Street Market in Atlanta, Ga. and owned and led by Executive Chef Kevin Ouzts, the new American charcuterie restaurant features a decisive menu utilizing the preeminent ingredients he has become known for at The Spotted Trotter. With on-site butchers purveying the finest pastured meats and cheese mongers partnering hand-in-hand with premium local dairies, it’s The Cockentrice’s mission to pay tribute to the farmers and its fiercely supportive food community by making food the right way with every dish.  The restaurant also has an expansive patio and a full bar featuring craft cocktails, local brews, wine and more. The Cockentrice is located at Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. It’s open Tuesday through Thursday from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to midnight, and on Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  For more information, visit or call 470.428.2733.