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ATLANTA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES STELLAR LINEUP OF CHEFS, MIXOLOGISTS FOR THE EVENT’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURN SEPTEMBER 9-12

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/15/21

Tasting Tents to Feature New Live Culinary Demos, Barbecue Competition & 

Ultimate Sunday Tailgate

Festival Discounts Tasting Tent Tickets For First Responders

Celebrating the rich culinary traditions of the South, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) is thrilled to announce its stellar lineup of chefs and mixologists, along with new programming this year. Tickets are on sale now for both tasting tents and the intimate dinner series, taking place between Thursday, September 9 and Sunday, September 12. 

The festival’s highly anticipated Tasting Tents will return to Historic Fourth Ward Park on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12, and feature wine pop-up stations, a cocktail garden, live music and an interactive food and beverage pairing area. For the first time in the event’s decade-long history, revelers can experience the soon-to-be announced live learning experiences presented by Publix in the form as culinary demos as part of the signature Tasting Tents. Culinary Demos will feature a mix of visiting Southern and local Atlanta culinary personalities who will be educating and entertaining guests during the two days. 

To kick off festival weekend, AFWF will be hosting its first-ever barbecue battle competition, where some of the top Georgia hotspots will compete for the title of “best barbecue bite” on Saturday. On Sunday, guests can enjoy the ultimate tailgate party surrounding the big game pitting Atlanta versus Philadelphia. Guests can enjoy a bevy of offerings including elevated football bites prepared by the likes of Top Chef alum John Tesar (Knife), Bruce Kalman (SoulBelly BBQ), Alex Seidel (Mercantile), Giorgio Rapicavoli (Luca Osteria) alongside pit master all-stars Leonard Botello (Truth BBQ), Burt Bakman (Slab BBQ) and more! Throughout the weekend, the Tasting Tents will host a curated Yelp Atlanta spotlight section featuring a variety of their favorite local spots.

AFWF takes pride on its extensive weekend of programming and events where guests can eat, drink and explore the South’s best talent. Intimate live and in-person culinary experiences include a festival collaboration dinner with Lazy Betty’s Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips, A Taste of España dinner at John Castellucci’s Cooks & Soldiers, Sunday Supper at Deborah VanTrece’s Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, Southern Revival Brunch at The Woodall with Chef John C. Metz, Italian Sunday feast at Colletta Atlanta, The Ultimate Omakase experience at O-Ku Atlanta, curated dinner at 5Church with Chef Mark Alba and — back by popular demand – South Main Kitchen’s Taste of NoLa dinner with live musical entertainment! 

Atlanta has embraced this amazing event for more than 10 years,” says Brett Friedman, Partner and CEO of Agency 21, which owns and operates Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. “Even during the pandemic when we could only operate at a limited capacity, the city’s talented chefs remained vigilant in their support for us. We’re so grateful to be back and to focus the attention where it always belongs, on the people throughout the hospitality industry.” 

Continuing with last year’s commitment to give back to the restaurants that helped build this incredible event, a percentage of proceeds will support two local charities. AFWF will be supporting Children of Conservation, with proceeds dedicated to the conservation of endangered species through education, habitat preservation and wildlife sanctuary. In an effort to curb hunger and reduce food waste in the Metro Atlanta area, AFWF will be partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta to collect fresh, surplus food from each of AFWF’s activations to donate to local hunger relief agencies. 

In an effort to honor their dedication and drive throughout the pandemic, AFWF will offer 50% off tickets to Tasting Tents for Sunday to frontline workers. In order to redeem the discount, email a21events@squadup.com with proof of profession to be sent a private discount code.

In 2019, Agency 21 acquired AFWF with the intention of making last year’s 10th anniversary celebration the best yet. The pandemic changed everything, but not the spirit of Southern hospitality. AFWF will stay true to its origins, offering a celebration of the South.

Tasting Tent tickets are on sale now. General Admission One Day Passes are $150 with VIP tickets priced at $250. General Admission Weekend Passes are $275 with VIP priced at $450. Prices will increase on August 13. 

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com.Interviews and photography are available upon request. If you are interested in covering/attending this year’s festival, please apply here.

ATLANTA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 2021

ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL RETURNS IN ITS TRUEST FORM
CELEBRATING SOUTHERN CULINARY TRADITIONS AND

BENEFITING TWO GREAT CAUSES
Tasting Tent Tickets on Sale NOW!

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) returns to Historic Fourth Ward Park this year with its beloved Tasting Tents on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. Honoring the rich tradition of Southern sustenance, attendees can savor the flavors of the South’s favorite chefs and mixologists as well as wine pop-up stations, a cocktail garden, live music, and an interactive food and beverage pairing area. A percent of proceeds from this year’s curated dinners, lunches and brunches supports local charities.

“We’re happy to be back, doing what we love, which is creating and executing first class events for our consumers, chefs and partners,” says Brett Friedman, Partner & CEO of Agency 21, which owns and operates Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. “This year especially, we are looking forward to showcasing creative cuisine with talented chefs from all 13 Southern states, as a tribute to returning to normalcy.”

After a pandemic pause, when the festival commenced in a virtual capacity, attendees can once again connect live and in-person in the Tasting Tents to indulge in the South’s finest flavors, featuring the up- and-coming as well as some favorite destinations and memorable brands.  New this year, the Tasting Tents will have a curated Yelp Atlanta spotlight section featuring a variety of their favorite local Atlanta spots.

In effort to curb hunger and reduce food waste in the Metro Atlanta area, AFWF will be partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta to collect fresh, surplus food from each of AFWF’s activations to donate to hunger relief agencies. In addition, AFWF will also be supporting Children of Conservation, with proceeds dedicated to the conservation of endangered species through education, habitat preservation and wildlife sanctuary.

In 2019, Agency 21 acquired the AFWF with the intention of making last year’s 10th anniversary celebration the best yet. The pandemic changed everything, but not the spirit of Southern hospitality. The AF&WF will stay true to its origins, offering a celebration of the South.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival prides itself on having an extensive weekend of programming and events where guests can eat, drink and explore the South’s rich culinary traditions from the best talent in the Southeast. Tasting Tent tickets are now on sale with early bird pricing available until July 23. The festival’s lineup of intimate dinners, lunches and brunches taking place from September 9 through September 12 will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL REIMAGINED 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/19/20

ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL IS REIMAGINED WITH
10 DAYS OF DIGITAL SEMINARS & SELECT SOCIALLY DISTANCED CHEF EXPERIENCES WITH
PROCEEDS BENEFITING ATLANTA’S RESTAURANT COMMUNITY

Tickets on Sale Now.

In light of COVID-19 and in an effort to give back to the restaurant community its celebrated for the past 10 years, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF) will commence with a series of digital seminars and select socially distanced meals, starting Thursday, September 10 and continuing through Saturday, September 19. Honoring the rich tradition of southern sustenance, this year’s event will forgo the festival and instead present 13 digital seminars, called AF&WF At Home Edition Presented by Publix, as well as 11 dinners, two lunches and one brunch, all with limited, socially distanced seating. One hundred percent (100%) of ticket sales from the digital seminars will benefit the talent and 70% of ticket sales from the chef experiences will go back to the restaurants. “COVID-19 has had a life-altering impact on the restaurant community that has helped build this festival to internationally known status over the last 10 years,” said Brett Friedman, CEO of Agency 21 Consulting. “We are leveraging our platform to drive business and revenue back to them as a show of solidarity for our partners and friends.”

Late last year, Agency 21 Consulting was brought on to execute and manage AF&WF in conjunction with founder, Elizabeth Feichter with the intention of making this year’s 10th anniversary celebration the best yet. The pandemic changed everything, but not the spirit southern hospitality. The AF&WF will stay true to its origins, offering a celebration of the south. In its limited capacity, the festival is welcoming some amazing new talent this year, including 2020 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist Ron Hsu (GA) and James Kerwin (TN). Returning founding talent, who have been instrumental longstanding supporters of the festival, includes Deborah VanTrece (GA), John Castelluci (GA), 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalists including Misti Norris (TX), and Erik Bruner-Yang (DC).

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival prides itself on having an extensive weekend of programming and events where guests can eat, drink and explore the South’s rich culinary traditions from the best talent in the Southeast. Below are a select few of the salivating offerings attendees can choose from in 2020 on sale now.

AF&WF At Home Edition Presented by Publix

Exploring the rich bounty of cuisine throughout the South, this series of virtual seminars has something for every taste, from a pie masterclass with Pie Bar’s Lauren Bolden to a seafood couvillion with crab fat rice from Isaac Toups and curry in a hurry from Miami culinary sensation, Timon Balloo. For a list of digital seminars, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com/athome

Dinners, Lunches & Brunch

Whether it’s an intimate themed dinner or an extravagant bash, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival knows how to celebrate in true Southern style – and demonstrate the finer elements of Southern hospitality. Indulge in one-of-a-kind dining experiences including a special collaboration dinner with Chef Jeb Aldrich, Chef Matt Weinstein and Chef Claudia Martinez at Tiny Lou’s, An Evening in Provence dinner with AIX’s Nick Leahy or The Pasta & Vinyl Experience presented by Chef Craig Richards at Lyla Lilah. Tickets for chef experiences range from $95 to $200 and $10 for the seminars. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

Offer is fulfilled by Atlanta Food & Wine Festival subject to availability and may be changed or revoked at any time.

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival 2019

Date: Thursday, May 30th to Sunday, June 2nd

Time: Varies

About: Grab your glasses, the ninth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns this spring for another weekend filled with epicurean adventure! From May 30 – June 2, attendees from across the country will come together to enjoy the dishes and spirits of the South through immersive Learning Experiences, epic Tasting Tents, and unique dinners and events. Get fired up as over 150 chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from Texas to the District of Columbia round out a robust lineup of talent for all to enjoy.

This year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is taking attendees Off the Eaten Path by spotlighting off-the-grid foodie destinations, rising culinary stars, and more. An Advisory Council celebrated by Woodford Reserve is stacked with fresh-yet-savvy talent who will carefully curate unique dinners, hands-on Master Classes, and thought-provoking seminars throughout the weekend highlighting the unexpected, and incorporating surprise and delight ingredients. Be sure to take notes – these will be names you’ll want to remember.

Talent isn’t the only thing that’s fresh this year. The Festival’s beloved Tasting Tents have found a new home in vibrant Old Fourth Ward Park. Attendees will once again be able to indulge in the South’s finest flavors, up-and-coming as well as some favorite destinations and memorable brands. Crafted as an all-you-can-indulge experience, the Tasting Tents will also feature wine pop-up stations, a cocktail garden, live music, and interactive food and beverage pairing areas.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival prides itself on having an extensive catalogue of programs and events where guests can eat, drink and learn about the South’s rich food and beverage traditions from the region’s best talent. Below are some of the salivating offerings guests can choose from in 2019:

The Front Row – Learning Experiences
Between the in-depth Master Studio series on Friday and an extensive roster of learning seminars on Saturday, guests will have over 50 opportunities to receive hands-on instruction, participate in panel discussions and sip and savor tastings from the region’s top talent. From unexpected pairings to new techniques, the spectrum of topics encourages guests to explore new sides of their palates – and offer endless opportunities for Instagrammable enjoyment and entertaining – including something for everyone’s palate.

Master Studio Series – Kitchen Raconteurs: Storytelling through Food
The universal language of food is intrinsically linked to the art of storytelling. Presented by The Local Palate and hosted by The Lee Brothers, Friday’s Master Studio series invites guests to travel down memory lane with some of our favorite storytellers – chefs, beverage pros, and purveyors – as they share dishes inspired by their own experiences.

Dinners & Events
The party doesn’t end until late! Whether it’s an intimate themed dinner or an extravagant bash, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival knows how to celebrate in true Southern style – and demonstrate the finer points of Southern hospitality. Kicking off with their signature Destination Delicious event on Thursday evening, the weekend will offer festive and interactive tasting events from Friday Lunch all the way to Sunday Brunch.

More Information/tickets: 

https://atlfoodandwinefestival.com/

9TH ANNUAL ATLANTA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/3/19

GET FIRED UP TO GO OFF EATEN PATH WITH
ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL MAY 30, 2019 – JUNE 2, 2019

Tickets can be purchased here.

Grab your glasses, the ninth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns this spring for another weekend filled with epicurean adventure! From May 30 – June 2, attendees from across the country will come together to enjoy the dishes and spirits of the South through immersive Learning Experiences, epic Tasting Tents, and unique dinners and events. Get fired up as over 150 chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from Texas to the District of Columbia round out a robust lineup of talent for all to enjoy.

This year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is taking attendees Off the Eaten Path by spotlighting off-the-grid foodie destinations, rising culinary stars, and more. An Advisory Council celebrated by Woodford Reserve is stacked with fresh-yet-savvy talent who will carefully curate unique dinners, hands-on Master Classes, and thought-provoking seminars throughout the weekend highlighting the unexpected, and incorporating surprise and delight ingredients. Be sure to take notes – these will be names you’ll want to remember.

“This year’s theme was driven by our curiosity and desire to try new dishes and ingredients from places we might not think to normally visit,” said Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Co-Founder Elizabeth Feichter. “We are looking forward to everyone joining us on this adventure, and hope they enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed planning it.”

Talent isn’t the only thing that’s fresh this year. The Festival’s beloved Tasting Tents have found a new home in vibrant Old Fourth Ward Park. Attendees will once again be able to indulge in the South’s finest flavors, up-and-coming as well as some favorite destinations and memorable brands. Crafted as an all-you-can-indulge experience, the Tasting Tents will also feature wine pop-up stations, a cocktail garden, live music, and interactive food and beverage pairing areas.

Early Bird tickets for the four-day event go on sale Friday, March 15 and will remain on sale through Sunday, March 31. Savor it while it lasts! General ticket sales will be available starting April 1 until supplies run out.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival prides itself on having an extensive catalogue of programs and events where guests can eat, drink and learn about the South’s rich food and beverage traditions from the region’s best talent. Below are some of the salivating offerings guests can choose from in 2019:

The Front Row – Learning Experiences
Between the in-depth Master Studio series on Friday and an extensive roster of learning seminars on Saturday, guests will have over 50 opportunities to receive hands-on instruction, participate in panel discussions and sip and savor tastings from the region’s top talent. From unexpected pairings to new techniques, the spectrum of topics encourages guests to explore new sides of their palates – and offer endless opportunities for Instagrammable enjoyment and entertaining – including something for everyone’s palate.

Master Studio Series – Kitchen Raconteurs: Storytelling through Food
The universal language of food is intrinsically linked to the art of storytelling. Presented by The Local Palate and hosted by The Lee Brothers, Friday’s Master Studio series invites guests to travel down memory lane with some of our favorite storytellers – chefs, beverage pros, and purveyors – as they share dishes inspired by their own experiences.

Dinners & Events
The party doesn’t end until late! Whether it’s an intimate themed dinner or an extravagant bash, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival knows how to celebrate in true Southern style – and demonstrate the finer points of Southern hospitality. Kicking off with their signature Destination Delicious event on Thursday evening, the weekend will offer festive and interactive tasting events from Friday Lunch all the way to Sunday Brunch.

Each year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival strives to bring passionate food and beverage supporters together for a decadent weekend while bringing awareness to the rich agriculture and rich talent of the South. Guests can mingle with other devotees and talent, all while eating and drinking their way through the South!

Through the ticket packages, food and drink lovers can customize their Atlanta Food & Wine Festival experience by joining us for a few hours, a day or even a weekend.

Can’t wait to dig in? Take a sneak peek at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival’s re-vamped website, partially launching today. Dive into this year’s stellar roster of talent and see who has been slated for this year’s esteemed Advisory Council celebrated by Woodford Reserve. For the full lineup, including Learning Experiences, Master Studios, Dinners and Events, visit the website March 15 when tickets go on sale.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com.