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HOLY SCHNITZEL! OKTOBERFEST ATLANTA 2019 IS BACK!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/3/19

Featuring Local Artists GREG MIKE as Ceremonial Keg Tapper and
Karen Anderson Singer of Tiny Doors ATL Appearance

Historic Fourth Ward Park

Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th

Oktoberfest Atlanta, produced by Atlanta Sport and Social Club, will be back for 2019 in Historic Fourth Ward Park on Friday, October 11 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Saturday, October 12 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. In celebration of all things German, the festival is in its fourth year and will be bigger than ever with more food vendor choices and multiple Oktoberfest-style beer tents throughout the park–absolutely no shortage of frosty brews for ticket holders. The celebration is the largest German festival to take place in Atlanta — a tremendous party complete with live polka music, popular food vendors, costumes, and even a dog parade. The festival will attract approximately 7,000 attendees over the two days — up from 5,000 in 2018.

This year local Atlantans and nationally recognized artists GREG MIKE, founder and creative director of AVE Agency and Gallery and Karen Anderson Singer, Principal Artist and Director of Tiny Doors ATL, will collaborate artistically with Oktoberfest. GREG MIKE has been named Ceremonial Keg Tapper while Karen Anderson Singer will also make an appearance.

“We love the cultural experience that Oktoberfest Atlanta brings to our city. It is a fusion of traditional Oktoberfest experiences such as the ceremonial keg tapping, with a hint of creative, Atlanta-style fun such as the pretzel toss! We are thrilled that we have grown our attendees in our 4th year, and we look forward to continuing the festival’s growth, partnerships with local nonprofits, local and national polka bands, German food, and games.” shares Catie Schreiman, Director of Events, Atlanta Sport and Social Club.

Oktoberfest guest experiences include three different beer gardens including official Oktoberfest craft beer sponsor Bell’s Brewing Beer Garden,Spaten Franziskaner Brau Biergarten — one of the original Oktoberfest beers of Germany — featuring four Spaten varieties, Oktoberfest Optimizer Lager, and Dunkel and a German Bier Garden with assorted German beers. In addition, Michelob Ultra, Bon & Viv Sparkling Seltzer, and craft cocktails including Bulleit Bourbon, Lunazul Tequila, Smirnoff Vodka, as well as various wines will be flowing from an Airstream trailer.

This year, Bud Light will sponsor a premium College Football Viewing Experience. The bar has a handful of built-in, flat screen televisions and a giant 12’x7.5′ LED display for guests to enjoy the college football games.

For those active guests, there will be an abundance of games including Oktoberfest competitions such as stein hoisting contests, the brawt toss, keg roll racing, the pretzel toss, and a whimsical dog parade.

German-inspired food for purchase will include Atlanta BBQ pros Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q featuring a specially made Oktoberfest Dog with house sauerkraut, apples, and Arches Brewing Pilsner with chutney garnish. As well as family owned and operated Woodstock Pretzel Company, Petite Violette who will be serving up Schnitzel, sauerkraut, and potato salad — plus many more!
Also, a new addition to the festival, thanks to The German Cultural Foundation, culinary vendor, The German Food, will fly in from the homeland and participate with a limited, authentic menu.

Live music includes national act, LynnMarie & The Nashville Polka Guys — LynnMarie is in the Polka National Hall of Fame, Sherri & Larry AKA “The Gluckliches Trio,” Bob Planner (solo accordionist), and local Atlanta acts,Ty Reynolds Band and All The Locals. Plus, DJ OneNate will perform throughout on both days.

Local nonprofit support is an important focus for festival owners Atlanta Sport and Social Club. Several nonprofits will benefit from ticket sales including, Releash Atlanta, Concrete Jungle, Junior Chamber International Atlanta Chapter, and Playworks GA. Releash Atlanta has been a continuous partner with the festival for the last three years. They are a 501c3, not for profit, 100% volunteer run, charitable organization that focuses on saving dogs from high kill shelters throughout our state. Since the organization operates solely on donations and volunteers, it is a prime choice for the festival to support.

HOW TO GET YOUR TICKETS

Oktoberfest Atlanta tickets are available at TICKETS
Bier Lovers Pass $56 per person 21+
  •    Single Day Wristband Entry to Oktoberfest Atlanta
  •    Commemorative Glass 25 oz Beer Stein
  •    (4) 25oz Beer Tickets
  •    Souvenir Sunglasses
Day Pass $19
  •    Entry to Oktoberfest Atlanta
  •    Souvenir 22 oz Beer Stein
  •    First Beer included
Table Package for 8 Guests $500
  •    Table of 8 Reserved in the German Bier Garden
  •    Entry for 8 Oktoberfest Atlanta
  •    (8) 25 oz Beer Stein
  •    First Beer included for everyone
DD – Designated Driver Pass $10 (Ages 16 to 20)

2019 DULUTH BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/3/19

Duluth Town Green

Saturday, October 5th at Noon

The City of Duluth is teaming up with Atlanta Sport and Social Club to host a celebration of Beer and Wine on the Duluth Town Green. Join us on Saturday, October 5th from 12:00pm-5:00pm to sample 75+ craft beers and 25+ wines. The day will feature live local music from Citizen Gold and The Night Howlers, beer and wine samples, a variety of local food trucks, an adult game zone, plus community vendors and artists.

Tickets include souvenir tasting glass, admission to the event, live music, and all beer and wine samples. They are $36 at the time of posting and will increase as we get closer to the festival.

Ticket site and more information:

https://www.duluthbeerandwinefest.com/

https://www.bigtickets.com/events/assc/duluth-beer-and-wine-festival

Best of Dragon Con Wednesday Through Friday 2019

Panels, Wallops, A Mai Tai, A Wonder Woman T-Rex, Random Celebrity Sightings, and Parking Lot Karaoke!

Wheeeew, We were busy!

Fandom. Nerdom. Fanatics. Whatever you want to call it descended on downtown Atlanta as the first few days of Dragon Con came and went, but thank goodness it’s Friday. Welcome home to Dragon Con 2019! Wednesday is the new Thursday with the welcome home party and even a T-REX dance party in the Hilton. Thursday is quickly becoming the new first must-do night with their fun late night parties like the End Game Neon Party and late night tunes, like The Tomb Tunes. There’s also $6 Mai Tais at Trader Vic’s! Finally, Friday is the first full day full of panels, parties, and more. Let’s check out all the Friday shenanigans in depth!

First, the Wallops. We snaked like a super hero this evening, while hanging out with Hight Road Craft Ice Cream out of Marietta, GA (local!). A little ball of deliciousness has a delicate ice cream center, cookie dough outside, and crispy shell. Our favorite was definitely the sweet cream ice cream and cookie dough, but the almond was also very good. Wait, they ALL were good. What a nice bunch of people to hang out with for a while! You should check out their large wallop and background you can take a picture with! It’s bigger than your head! They are going to be in the pool area of the Hyatt Regency Saturday too until 6 pm (or gone). Get Walloped!

Second, panels. There are so many tidbits, behind the scene jokes, and more that you find out about actors and even shows that you didn’t know that are a complete surprise to everyone. The best things that happen can be surprise guests, show spoilers, story lines that COULD be, and more. Here’s some of the best of the panels:

THIS PORTION OF OUR ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM LUCIFER AND GOTHAM. Like this afternoon, we got to hear from Aimee Garcia and DB Woodside a few interesting things about Lucifer currently airing on Netflix. DB said in the first season that his character Amenadiel was to fall in love with the demon Maze, but she was going to die. He is so distraught that he brings her back to life and that’s how he looses his powers and wings. Interesting. He does lose his wings in season one into season two, but it wasn’t for this reason. Fox was hesitant about this story line and it got scrapped. Then, Aimee, is hoping her character, Ella, turns out to be God (and so did one fan who asked about it). In the comics, Elaine Bella is a character that turns out to be God and with name Ella… could be? Probably not, but it is a fan theory and a rumor around the lot.

As for Gotham that just ended it’s run on Fox, we got to spend some time with a bunch of the main actors like David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Maggie Geha, and SURPRISE Donald Logue showed up. Right off, Robin Lord Taylor is a blonde(!). So, he had a wonderful story about how Jada Pinkett Smith took him under her wing and really showed him the ropes of acting on a series, almost like her character Fish Mooney mentored Cobblepot, who became Penguin and he was eternally grateful. He also said he really used Danny Devito’s Penguin and his “look” as a roadmap to his character. Beyond that, it was interesting to hear that Fox/the producers didn’t tell the actors what roles they were auditioning for in the beginning. Sean P said if he knew he was auditioning for Alfred he would have done things differently. David M mentioned they said his scene for audition was that his brother has just died and he is having a hard time with it. So interesting to hear this! What struck us is that these actors were all very close. Donald Logue said this was the closest, most family like cast he’s worked with and that means a lot seeing as he had just done Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, and a stint on SVU. They all hugged when he showed up. He wasn’t supposed to be at the panel, so it was a treat for all!

On the way back from dinner, we were walking by the Marriott and we ran into a man standing on the street talking to another cosplayer. He turns around and it’s Mark Sheppard. If you watched the show Supernatural on the CW and the demon, Crowley, rings a bell, you know who we’re talking about! I (Liz) asked for a selfie or photo but he said it was against the rules, so we can’t give you a proof of encounter, unfortunately. But, I did get to waved to his wife Sarah who was on Facetime with him, and he was very nice. We told him we were big Supernatural fans and left it at that. SPOILER We hope he gets to come back for the final season.

Finally, we ran across something cool tonight, a parking lot karaoke party. A bunch of random people, belting their favorite songs, behind a car, and a bunch of people around cheering them on. It was a lot of fun and interesting to watch everything go down.

That’s a wrap for now. More on Saturday and Sunday to come!

Dragon Con 2019

Date: Thursday, August 29th to Monday, September 2nd

Time: 24 Hours

About: Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe! With over thirty-five fan based tracks, 3500 hours of panels, workshops, gaming, a parade down Peachtree, film festivals, art show, comics and pop art, nightly concerts and parties, bands and DJs, tons of costume contests, dealers, and exhibitors, all squeezed into four short days, Dragon Con is non-stop FUN! Dragon Con 2019 is expecting some 85,000 attendees with an estimated local economic impact of $93 million. Depending on the number of days you want to go you can get any badge for any budget. Badges ranges from $15 for a one-day membership (Thursday) to $140 for the entire 5-day weekend.

More Information:

https://www.dragoncon.org/

South by North Sunday Supper 2019

Date: Sunday, September 1st

Time: 12:30 pm

About: On Sunday, September 1, Georgia Grown invites you to gather ’round the table for a Sunday Supper at their South by North event. Located at The White Bull and hosted by Chef Pat Pascarella, the event will feature a book signing with our client, Chef Bruce Moffett of Moffett Restaurant Group, who will be coming in from Charlotte for the Decatur Book Festival! Tickets will include a five-course Sunday Supper with dishes from the cookbook, a complimentary welcome cocktail, and a signed copy of Bruce Moffett Cooks. Tickets are $65.

More Information:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-by-north-new-england-chefs-in-a-new-south-kitchen-tickets-68607826857