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ADVENTURES IN ATLANTA’S PICKS FOR THIS WEEK & WEEKEND IN ATLANTA

Ninth Annual Piedmont Park Arts Festival

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.

CoffeeChamps 2019 at East Pole Coffee

Selected by the Specialty Coffee Association as the only location in Georgia to host the preliminary event, East Pole’s coffee bar will transform into a competition stage and welcome participants from throughout the Southeast and as far as Seattle––all vying for the title of World Champion. The U.S. Coffee Championships is a series of three events celebrating specialty coffee: Preliminaries, Qualifying Events and Championships. Championship winners will then move on to the World Coffee Championships later this year, where they will represent the United States amongst a field of 65 sanctioned national bodies. On Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 from 12-5pm, registered participants will face off at East Pole for the CoffeeChamps Barista and Brewers Cup Preliminaries. During the barista preliminary competition, participants like East Pole’s own Whit Hagemann will have just seven minutes to craft their best espresso and milk beverage for two sensory judges, while their preparation skills are assessed by a technical judge. The Brewers Cup Preliminaries will be held simultaneously on both days, and task competitors, including East Pole’s Marvin Duncan, to make two individually brewed coffees for sensory judges in eight short minutes.

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