The first Atlanta Food and Wine Festival begins today. It will showcase authentic foods, wines and spirits from across the Southern region, from May 19 - 22, 2011. The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival will be the first luxury festival in the nation dedicated exclusively to Southern food and beverage traditions. The Festival will highlight the best of the region from Texas to West Virginia and the states in between, building upon three key themes: old traditions, new traditions and imports and inspirations that have influenced Southerners in the kitchen.
Inspired by the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, the Atlanta Festival will take the best elements of other national festivals, build upon them and then infuse a spirit of honoring the regional food culture. Leveraging the expertise of a Founders Council of the best Southern culinary talents, the Festival will offer carefully-designed seminars, demonstrations and tasting experiences, representing the unique flavors of the region. The festival “will unite leaders of their craft – barbecue pit masters, award-winning chefs and mixologists, Master Sommeliers, fry cooks and local growers – to provide Festival guests the opportunity to sip, savor and learn about the best of Southern food and beverage traditions."
Festival programming will be complimented by tasting and learning opportunities provided by wine makers and chefs from other southern regions around the world like Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece whose southern European food and wine traditions have influenced local flavors and techniques.
Midtown Atlanta will serve as home to the Festival, which will open to ticket holders on Friday with seminars and special connoisseur programming. Saturday will include seminars, demonstrations, the opening of the Tasting Tents, and a number of special events around town. The grand finale will begin Sunday morning with additional demonstrations and the Tasting Tents. I will be there on Saturday. Hope to see you there!
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