Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/25/18




Proceeds to benefit local and national agriculture through Piggy Bank


ATLANTA, GA  — The second annual PeachFest (www.peachfest.org) celebration will open its doors Sunday, July 29 from 4-7 p.m. for general admission (3 p.m. for VIP guests). FlatironCity (Fairlie-Poplar) will once again host 65 food artisans, pastry chefs, and barkeeps all collaborating around a food or beverage offering based on peaches to bring culinary innovation for nearly 1,000 attendees.


“After two years (2016, 2017) of unseasonably warm spring months bringing us devastating harvests, Peach farming has finally flourished this year. While we celebrate this change for the better, we must also remember to be grateful for our farmers,” says Brady Lowe, Volunteer Director of Piggy Bank. “Without hands in the dirt, we would never see food on our plates and that’s what PeachFest is all about.”


With a booming peach season and an extraordinary list of participating chefs, the festival is determined to raise awareness for Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri devoted to supporting new family farms and providing aid to those facing disaster (fire, flood and disease), and causes dedicated to growing interest in young farmers to take up the art of growing food. With the average age of a U.S. farmer approaching 60, we are launching a “Grow a Farmer” initiative that will help young aspiring agrarians find apprenticeships and opportunities. In an effort to bring education to the forefront our friends Judd Foster of South of Heaven BBQ alongside Steven Lingenfelter will present an edible discussion and side by side breed tasting of heritage breed pigs on the culinary stage with farmers Jon Jackson of Comfort Farms (Mulefoot), Charlotte Swancy of Riverview Farms (Berkshire), and Marc Mousseau of Hamthropolgy (Ossabaw) followed by a butcher demo with Rusty Bowers of Pine Street Market.


The festival boasts an impressive roster of top local chefs include Andre Gomez of Porch Light Latin Kitchen, Julio Delgado of New Realm Brewing Company, Hector Santiago of El Super Pan, Jose Mendin of Pubbelly Miami, Archna Malhorta Becker of Bhojanic, Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina, Elodie Westover of Golden Eagle and Muchacho, Joy Jessup and Rebecca Weil of Sugar Spun Fun, Lasheeda Perry of Bar Margot at Four Seasons Atlanta, Paul Westin of Rathbun’s, Kristia Paz of One Eared Stag, Drew Van Leuvan of Seven Lamps, Charmaine Enslin of Pouch Pies, Rebecca Williamson of Holmsted Fines Chutney, Mykel Burkhart of Miller Union, Derrick Green of APRON at Solis Two Porsche Drive, Nate Singer of Carter Country Meats, Michael Yang of Char Korean BBQ and Grill, Richard Bradford of True Fare, Matt Marcus of Watershed, Nick Leahy of Aix, and Jeb Aldrich of Tiny Lou’s at Hotel Claremont, Ramesh Kaduru of The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, Terry Koval and Stevenson Rosslow of Wrecking Bar, Hudson Rouse of Rising Son, Marc and Lydia Mousseau of Hamthropolgy, David Larkworthy of Five Seasons Brewing, Bob and Leslie Lewis of Southern Crust.


The cost of attendance is $60 for General Admission and $100 for VIPs. With each ticket, attendees enjoy ethically and responsibly sourced peach inspired dishes with a variety of beverages from local craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries, all created by some of Georgia’s most forward thinking food and drink leaders. To purchase tickets, visit www.peachfest.org or Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/2lF7V7m.


Eight of the Atlanta’s best barkeeps will be competing in the “Peach Punch Royale” featuring bourbon from Breckenridge Distillery. Those serving up peach inspired bourbon punches include Stephanie Heggood of Brezza Cucina, Jose Pereiro of Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, Bobby Gover of The Mercury, Iván Goitía of Himitsu, Parris Emon Broadus of Chicken + Beer, Kelsey Kenny of The Painted Duck, Dylan Ogozelec and Rori Robinson of The Painted Pin.


Rounding out the all-inclusive premium food and beverage experience are this year’s partners including a stunning lineup of sponsors including “The Peach Stand” presented by the Georgia Peach Association and Pearson Farm, Turnip Truck, King of Pops, Pouch Pies, True Fare, FlatironCity, Peachtree Center, Bulleit Bourbon, Westland Distillery, Flor de Cana Rum, Breckenridge Distillery, Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co, Simple Man Distillery, Wrecking Bar, Rioja Wines, From the Earth Brewing, DRY Sparkling, Topo Chico, Holmsted Fines, Joel & Granot Real Estate, Royal Oak Charcoal, Georgia Peach Association, Genuine Georgia, Pearson Farm, RC Carter Meat, Niceland Sustainable Seafood, Revolution Doughnuts, Georgia Farmers Market Association, Luxury Exposure Magazine, Aglanta, Turnip Truck, Staffing911, Impress Events, soofa, Gourmet Foods International, M2 Public Relations, Central Atlanta Progress, Invest Atlanta, True North Salmon, Cooke Seafood. Found under the tree canopy at Broad Street NW and Poplar Street NW, FlatironCity is the perfect PeachFest location. Coming to a point with The Flatiron Building – Atlanta’s oldest standing skyscraper – FlatironCity is a local historic landmark that radiates decades of Atlantan lifestyle and culture.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/21/18

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ATLANTA, GA – The inaugural Viva Tequila Festival (www.vivatequilafestival.com) will be held at Atlantic Station, September 15, 2018 from 11 am-6 pm with an exclusive after-party from 6 pm -9 pm.


Viva Tequila Festival welcomes food, art, music and small batch, hand-crafted tequilas of Mexico to the streets of Atlanta’s own Atlantic Station.  The festival is thrilled to introduce our official, non-profit sponsor, the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, (GOCA), an organization dedicated to “increasing awareness and educating Georgia’s women, their families, and the healthcare community about the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.” A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit GOCA. (www.gaovariancancer.org)

Viva Tequila is also proud to announce a community partnership with the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and The Georgia Hispanic Business Center (https: // ghcc.org).


Atlanta’s finest participating restaurants will be paired with the world’s finest boutique tequilas to create Signature Bites and Sips designed to dazzle your palate. The festival will educate attendees on the history of the agave plant, tequila cultivation, proper sipping technique and its’ development on the global market. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to stroll through Atlantic Station’s Pinnacle Pad and sample prepared bites from some of city’s finest restaurants as they display their respective culinary talents. A complete list of the restaurants can be found on the Viva Tequila website.


Moreover, Viva Tequila Festival presents a unique marketing opportunity for its participants. Restaurants and tequila sponsors will be featured on “The Tastemaker Talks” Live with Sean O’Keefe, a new Facebook Live show highlighting Atlanta’s most influential brand ambassadors and tastemakers. As a leader in the events industry, and the producer behind Viva Tequila, Sean O’Keefe (www.seanokeefeevents.com) will be bringing his wealth of culinary knowledge and event design expertise to the forefront. “This show is an exciting option to introduce the sponsors and cross promote the brands, further increasing their reach and exposure for the duration of the festival campaign this summer. “ says O’Keefe. All participating brands will be eligible for inclusion in the “The Tastemaker Talks” series.


Sponsorship opportunities are also available for small business owners for the “Mi Pueblito Craft and Artisan Showcase” a lively marketplace for vendors whose wares reflect the dynamic and rich culture of Mexico.  Mi Pueblito, designed in the style and feel of Olvera Street in Los Angeles, will allow local artisans to sell their crafts and merchandise in the midst of the festival.


The price for general admission is now $55 and $150 for VIPs. VIP guests will enjoy intimate conversations with the Tequila makers in the sophisticated VIP lounge and have access to the Viva La Noche after party, complete with live music performances.  Each ticket includes six delicious bites to be paired with six tequila sips. Each bite is a small dish, each sip is a small-pour, handcrafted cocktail created in conjunction with the restaurant’s chef and bartender. All bites and sips will be created solely for Viva Tequila and are unique to the feel of each restaurant.


All adults aged 21 and older are welcomed. Tickets can be purchased at www.vivatequilafestival.com and Eventbrite.