Entries by Liz Attaway

The Cork Pullers Beer, Wine and Spirits Tour Atlanta

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.

Atlanta Meatball Festival

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.


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 was 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.