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Meat matchup returns to bring bevy of balls, music and more to Sandy Springs; Benefits local charity
The weather forecast is in, and it’s looking cloudy with a chance of meatballs! The second annual Atlanta Meatball Festival, presented by TasteATL, the culinary event management company behind Taste of Atlanta, will return to Belle Isle Square in Sandy Springs on Sunday, August 30 from 1 – 5 p.m. to serve up a mighty selection of meatball dishes, music, limoncello tastings and much more.
Food lovers hungry for all the meatball madness can join Chef Host Linda Harrell of Cibo e Beve to celebrate this iconic culinary combination with a range of recipes – from traditional balls of beef and pork to more non-traditional seafood and chicken. To round out the festival food and fun, a portion of the event proceeds will benefit a local charitable organization.
“After the success of our inaugural meatball event, I couldn’t wait to serve up some second helpings to the Atlanta community this year,” said Chef Harrell. “All of the chefs were so innovative with their dishes last year – I’m looking forward to seeing how ballistic they’ll get this time around!”
Over 20 restaurants looking to make their mark on Atlanta’s meatball scene have already signed on to participate, including 4th & Swift, Bhojanic, Double Zero, Food 101, Makan, No. 246, Rathbun’s, Saltyard, Smoke Ring and Timone’s.
Like last year, the festival is formatted as a “battle of the balls” challenge to see which chef can claim the title of Atlanta’s Mightiest Meatballer. Each of the presented dishes will be voted on by festival attendees and select judges. The top three winners will advance and go head-to-head in the “Meat Brawl Throwdown,” taking place during this year’s Taste of Atlanta festival, set for September 25-27 in Midtown at Tech Square.
Reigning 2014 Meat Brawl Champ Drew Belline of No. 246, who wowed the crowd with his braised veal and ricotta meatball recipe, returns to bring the heat once again at this year’s festival. “I welcome any opportunity to support our local food scene,” said Chef Belline. “TasteATL not only allows chefs to showcase Atlanta’s culinary talents, but it also gives us the opportunity to have a little fun with food. I think festival attendees will be surprised at the many ways this classic dish can be served.”
Advance tickets are available online for $25 each through August 30, and for $30 at the gate the day of the event. Tickets include entry to the event, meatball tastes, entertainment and more. Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult. Beverages will be available for purchase.
Space for this event is limited, so meatball maniacs are encouraged to claim tickets while they’re hot! For more information, please visit AtlantaMeatballFestival.com.