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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Returns for 6th Year

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Indulge in the South’s Ultimate Epicurean Weekend June 2–5, 2016

In the company of more than 250 chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, pitmasters and artisans hailing from Texas to the District of Columbia, the sixth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns to Midtown Atlanta June 2-5. Promising to surprise and delight once again, the four-day weekend showcases the rich food and drink traditions of the South through a variety of Learning Experiences, Tasting Tents, Dinners & Events and Masterclasses, all designed to educate and entertain guests from the novice to the connoisseur.

Among the many returning Festival favorites, the 2016 event will feature a number of new additions including a series of Masterclasses, an expanded Advisory Council, and this year’s kick-off party, Destination Delicious…The Ultimate Road Trip Party Located in The Stave Room at American Spirit Works.

Tasting Tents

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival’s coveted Tasting Tents are an all-you-can-indulge experience, featuring the best flavors of the South. Located in the Greensward Promenade area of Piedmont Park, the new Tasting Tent location offers ample space and seclusion. Lots of outdoor green space and a gorgeous fountain provide a haven for sommelier and mixologist lounges, a Pairings Tent, live music, tailgating areas outfitted for barbecuing and relaxation, and a pick-your-garnish cocktail garden. The curated Tasting Tents allow guests to delve deeper than ever into interactive experiences, featuring a number of themes, such as Southern Staples, Southern Around the World, Southern Tailgating and Southern Provision. Friday’s Tasting Tents will take place at nighttime this year, giving guests the ideal end to their work week.

Vineyard in the City

The first of its kind in the US, the Festival’s pop-up vineyard and event venue will provide a unique backdropfor Masterclasses and events during the weekend, including a “Grapes from A to Z” Wine Luncheon with Master Sommeliers and a VIP Sunday Brunch. Located in the former Atlanta Symphony Hall lot of 14th Street, Vineyard in the City is hosted by OHM Development and presented by PNC Bank. The pop-up vineyard will remain open after the Festival until July 14 for community use.

Sunday Brunch

In 2015, the Festival hosted a Sunday brunch event with service inspired by Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow restaurant. The event was a tremendous success and will now be the featured activity on Sunday morning. This year’s Sunday Brunch will include a VIP brunch at Vineyard in the City and a general admission brunch at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, food and drinks by more than 15 chefs and mixologists, and live music.

Dinners & Evening Events

The Festival experience continues into the evenings as chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists come together to curate dinners and signature parties for guests. The Dinners and Events are peppered throughout the city at private homes, restaurants, and unique Atlanta venues.

Through the ticket packages, interested enthusiasts can customize their experience at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival by making it an afternoon, a day or a full weekend endeavor! Ticket prices range from $100 for an individual Tasting Tent Pass to $2000 for the Connoisseur Experience. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com

(courtesy of 360 Media)

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