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SECOND ANNUAL ¡VIVA TEQUILA! FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/6/19

Small-Batch Tequilas and Bites from Atlanta’s Best Chefs Bring True Taste of
Mexico’s Culture to Piedmont Park

Promenade at Piedmont Park at Noon

ATLANTA  – On Saturday, Oct. 26, famed tequila importer and connoisseur Juan Bonilla and Atlanta event producer Sean O’Keefe are hosting the second annual ¡Viva Tequila! Festival, a one-of-a-kind tequila tasting experience and cultural extravaganza that pairs 25 top Atlanta restaurants with 25 of the world’s finest boutique tequilas. Attendees also will enjoy live music and other performances, plus local and imported artisan goods. The high-end and high-spirited festivities, which benefit the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, take place under the tents at The Promenade at Piedmont Park.

“Our goal is to give guests a completely different understanding of how the spirit works in a gastronomic context. Many people have bad experiences with tequila when they are younger, but we are trying to teach them to give tequila another chance,” says Bonilla. “The greatest reward is how people’s perceptions change once they realize how good quality tequila tastes and how well it pairs with different types of food.”

The tasting event begins at 12:00 p.m. and includes unlimited access to small bites and top-shelf tequila pairings until 5 p.m. Offering incredible value, general admission ($75) to the ¡Viva Tequila! Festival also includes a DJ, live entertainment from traditional Mexican dancers to Mariachi bands, and vendors showcasing paintings, artifacts, clothing and jewelry. For attendees who want to continue the fun and experience live music plus even more exceptional tequilas, VIP tickets ($150) include access to the ¡Viva Noche! After Party from 6-9 p.m. In its inaugural event in 2018, the festival hosted 2,000 attendees and expects closer to 5,000 this year.

A portion of the festival’s proceeds benefits the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and educating women, their families and the health care community about risks, symptoms and treatment of ovarian cancer leading to earlier detection. Bonilla feels strongly about serving high-quality products that won’t increase the risk for diseases, and GOCA’s cause is one that is close to his heart.

Participating restaurants include, Casa Cielo, Loca Luna, Eclipse di Luna, Cabo’s Mexican Grill, Santa Lucia Brizilian Steakhouse, Seven Tequilas Mexican Restaurant, HOLA! Taqueria and Bar, La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant, Zocalo Mexican Kitchen and Cantina and Doraku. Each is paired with premium tequila brands not widely available in the United States such as Don Nacho, Don Fernando, Mi Tierra, Padre Azul, Don Celso and Siempre tequilas.

Differentiating itself from the multitude of other food and beverage festivals throughout Atlanta, the ¡Viva Tequila! Festival is a sipping event that showcases tequila’s diversity and how the spirit can be elevated with specific food pairings from Atlanta chefs. Bonilla is encouraging his guests to try food with the tequila and seeks to separate the spirit from the “shots on Cinco de Mayo” stereotype.

“People in the United States don’t see tequila as something you eat with, it’s seen as more of a party drink, but the reality is it’s one of the most expensive spirits on the planet,” says Bonilla. “We’re trying to get people to recognize why it tastes so good and the cost behind it.”

Bonilla’s family owned a great deal of land in the Mexican states of Jalisco and Michoacán, where tequila is produced, and he became passionate about and highly involved in the tequila industry from a young age. With first-hand experience farming and cooking the agave plants to producing the tequila, he went on to serve as an ambassador for the spirit and has been a tequila and mezcal importer for the past decade. Bonilla also holds one of the largest collections (over 400 bottles) in the world. “It’s so much more than the spirit for me; tequila represents the culture of Mexico,” he says.

For Bonilla, educating consumers is a year-round initiative that doesn’t end with the ¡Viva Tequila! Festival. He also offers a more intimate tequila dinner series throughout the year at local Atlanta-area restaurants to increase awareness and enjoyment of tequila in a different setting, and leads small group trips to Mexico for travelers interested in visiting distilleries and learning how tequila is produced.

The Promenade is an open-air venue located on the Greensward Path in Piedmont Park. Tickets to the festival are available for purchase on Eventbrite. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Ninth Annual Piedmont Park Arts Festival

Date: Saturday, August 17th to Sunday, August 18th

Time: Varies by day

About: Consistently recognized as one of the best outdoor festivals in Atlanta, the Piedmont Park Arts Festival will return to the picturesque park in the heart of Midtown for its ninth year on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2019. A favorite for all ages, the two-day, family-friendly event will feature approximately 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork artisans, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters. Festival goers are also invited to enjoy artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, an expansive artist market, children’s play area, festival foods and beverages, games and much more. The event is free to attend and dogs are welcome.

More Information:

http://piedmontparkartsfestival.com/

ELECTRIC AVENUE THE 80’S MTV EXPERIENCE COMES TO PARK TAVERN THIS SUMMER!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/18/19

PARK TAVERN PRESENTS ELECTRIC AVENUE “THE 80’S MTV EXPERIENCE”
A Throwback to 80’s Pop, Vintage Synthesizers, Drum Machines and Much More!   
Kicks Off Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. 
On Friday, June 21, 2019, partygoers searching for a radical night are invited to dust off their leg warmers, neon colors and spandex for the series kick off of Electric Avenue “The 80’s MTV Experience” at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park. Beginning at 7 p.m., perms and mullets alike can bust a move to their favorite 80’s tunes featuring iconic sounds of vintage synthesizers and drum machines. Guests can also enjoy Park Tavern’s signature favorites such as burgers, tacos, fresh sushi flown in from Hawaii, handcrafted cocktails, frosty beers, a wide variety of wines and much more. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through 11 p.m.
For ages 21 and up, General Admission tickets include entry to the event, standing room and bar seating only on a first-come, first-served basis and are available starting at $20. General Admission tickets will increase to $25 at the door. For a guaranteed VIP table, VIP tickets are available starting at $100 for a 4 person VIP table, $180 for a 6 person VIP table and $220 for an 8 person VIP table. Partygoers can also look forward to rocking out to the favorite 80s jams all summer long, because Park Tavern’s Electric Avenue – The 80’s MTV Experience will also be held on July 19th, August 23rd and September 20th.
To purchase tickets, visit:

http://www.parktavern.com/events/electric-avenue

PARK TAVERN ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF PERFORMERS FOR SUNSET SESSIONS 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/21/19

Lineup to Include:  T. Hardy Morris, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Tropidelic, Rhett Price, Kat Wright, Stop Light Observations, Blair Crimmins and The Hookers, Rare Creatures, Diane Coffee, Dr. Bacon, Próxima Parada and much more
 
Free Music Series for Ages 21 and Up Every Sunday April 28 Through September 8, 2019

Atlanta, Georgia  – Park Tavern is excited to announce the return of Sunset Sessions powered by Mountain Dew – a weekly, alternative music series in Piedmont Park that is raising the bar for live music experiences in Atlanta. First launched in 2015, ALT 105.7 and Park Tavern will once again join forces to bring Atlantans and visitors alike a phenomenal lineup of live music from some of today’s most buzz-worthy artists every Sunday for free this spring and summer. The annual series will kickoff on April 28th under Park Tavern’s spacious, air-conditioned Garden Tent with Athens, Georgia native rocker, T. Hardy Morris with support from Neighbor Lady and Teddy & The Rough Riders. Additional confirmed artists for Sunset Sessions include: Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Laura Reed and Whoa Dakota (5/05); Tropidelic, Of Good Nature and Beauregard & the Downright (5/12); Rhett Price (5/19); Kat Wright and The Rad Trads (6/02); Stop Light Observations and Sound Culture (6/09); Blair Crimmins and The Hookers, Remember Jones and The 502s (6/23); Rare Creatures and Dead Swells (6/30); Diane Coffee (7/07); Dr. Bacon (7/14) and Próxima Parada and Little Bird (7/28). The series finale will be on September 8th and more artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Located conveniently on the Atlanta BeltLine, concert goers can enjoy giveaways throughout the series and the opportunity to mingle with on-air personalities from ALT 105.7 in Atlanta. And, in addition to the full menu, fans can try specialty seasonal cocktails, ice-cold house-brews, fresh oysters, 1/2 priced sushi flown in from Hawaii from 9 p.m. to midnight, and much more. The free concert series will run through Sunday, September 29, 2019; every show is from 7:30 to 11 p.m. and guests must be 21+ older to attend. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com.

Park Tavern’s Easter Day 2019

Date: Sunday, April 21st

Time: 10 am

About:  A sold out traditional every year, on Sunday April 21, 2019, Park Tavern will host its next rendition of Easter brunch on its expansive patio overlooking picturesque Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. Ideal for both adults and children, guests are invited to enjoy an exuberant brunch boasting interactive stations including a Biscuit Bar serving flaky buttermilk biscuits with fried chicken, chef-attended omelet and carving stations, and a French toast and Belgian waffle station with the works.  Brunch goers will also be treated to a mouthwatering buffet featuring Eggs Benedict with candied bacon, blackened salmon over warm quinoa salad, Applewood smoked bacon, sausage, garlic green beans, asparagus salad with toasted walnuts and goat cheese, pastries, a dessert bar, and more. An annual favorite, a special appearance by the Easter Bunny will also take place at 12 p.m., which will kick off Park Tavern’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Guests are invited to bring their cameras and take pictures with the Easter Bunny for free. New to this year, imbibers can enjoy endless champagne and mimosa offerings from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. during Park Tavern’s VIP Champagne & Mimosa Easter Brunch experience. General Admission is $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids ages 7 to 12, and kids 6, and under are free. VIP Admission is $44.95.

More Information:

https://www.bigtickets.com/events/parktavern/Easter2019/

YACHT ROCK SCHOONER RETURNS TO PARK TAVERN IN PIEDMONT PARK FOR SUMMER SUNSETS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/24/19

Set Sail into Summer Sunsets with Seasonal Cocktails, Fresh Sushi, Live Music and More!
 
Friday, March 29, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
 
Atlanta, Georgia – On Friday, March 29, 2019, revelers are invited to sail down memory lane and dance the night away to the sweet sounds of Yacht Rock Schooner at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park’s Summer Sunsets. Known for the smoothest dance parties on the high seas, Yacht Rock Schooner will be performing classic hits from favorites like Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald and more. Diners and imbibers can nosh on classic Park Tavern favorites such as burgers, tacos, fresh sushi rolls, seasonal cocktails, frosty beers, a variety of wines and much more. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through 11 p.m. For ages 21 and up, General Admission tickets are available starting at $15 at https://www.bigtickets.com/events/yachtrock and will increase to $20 at the door. For a guaranteed VIP table with a server, VIP tickets are available starting at $150 for a 6 person VIP table and $200 for an 8 person VIP table. For more information, please visit www.parktavern.com.