Happy Wednesday pretty friends! Guess what this weekend is? It’s Taste of Atlanta– my absolute favorite foodie event of the year! I have gone the past four years and every year I love it more and more. It’s one of the only times in the year that some of the best Atlanta restaurants (over 200 to be exact!) come together to showcase their delicious cuisine. If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet I highly recommend you hurry and get it today!
Never been to Taste of Atlanta? Well you are in for a treat my friend! Quite literally! Make sure you bring a huge appetite and be ready to spend the day enjoying everything our culinary city has to offer. My friends over at Taste of Atlanta put together this little cheat sheet to help you get the best out of the 16th annual Taste of Atlanta Presented by Capital One !
Taste of Atlanta Cheat Sheet
- The Early Bird Gets the Wristband: Tickets may be purchased online or in person at all Cook’s Warehouse locations as well as Hop City’s Krog Street Market or West Midtown locations. Guests who purchased their tickets online before Oct. 9 will receive their wristbands in the mail. Those who order after Oct. 9 can pick up their wristbands in advance from the Freshtix office at 1206 Spring St. NW or at the entrance gate during the festival. Additional Taste Points can be added to wristbands online before the event or at Taste Point Top Up tents located throughout the festival. To register a wristband now or for further information, check out the handy registration link and FAQ here.
- Walk, Pedal or Ride in Comfort: The festival’s new permanent home in Historic Fourth Ward Park is adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine, making it a convenient and walkable intown destination. A special bike valet service sponsored by Emory University Hospital Midtown makes bicycling a breeze. Guests can also use their favorite ride-hailing app to the site or take MARTA to the nearby Civic Center station, where dedicated MARTA shuttles will transport eager festivalgoers back and forth to Taste of Atlanta.
- The Fun Starts on Friday: With Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Brothers BBQ, groovin’ tunes provided by Saved By The Band and a plethora of participating restaurants including American Cut, Canoe, El Super Pan, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall and Midtown Takorea & Ssam Bar (not to mention libations featuring Global Spirits’ Khortytsa Vodka and LEAF Vodka), the Friday Night Kick-Off Party sponsored by Cheney Brothers is definitely a can’t-miss.
- Go Grand: In addition to Saturday and Sunday general admission food adventures filled with soul-satisfying samples, festivalgoers can upgrade to the Grand Tasting Experience, which includes 20 Taste Points and access to purchase exclusive bites and beverages from 12:30 – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This popular option sells out every year, so tasters should score their tickets now.
- Make a Bee Line for These Bites and Bevs: Pick a preferred heat level for Hattie B’s Hot Chicken tenders, sample 5Church’s Ahi tuna poke sushi and indulge in a loaded Woody’s Cheesesteak packed with onions, bell peppers, mushroom and bacon, then wash it all down with an adult beverage and a palate-cleansing mini gelato sandwich from Honeysuckle Gelato. That’s all proper fuel to cheer on the competing mixologists at the Barcraft cocktail competition presented by George Dickel and Reál Brands.
- Chop and Shop ‘til You Drop: At the Kitchen Workshop stage presented by Cook’s Warehouse, some of Atlanta’s finest chefs will pass along tips and techniques as attendees whisk along with a recipe supplied by Aglanta in one of 20 hands-on kitchens stocked with cookware and knives from Hammer Stahl, the official cookware sponsor of Taste of Atlanta. At the Sprouts Farmers Market Home Plate stage, chefs of all sizes can cook along with celebrated chefs, thanks to presenting sponsor Northside Hospital and the Georgia Peanut Commission. And thanks to Nissan, guests can roam around and check out the latest rides in between whipping up recipes or bidding on silent auction items benefiting nonprofit Open Hand Atlanta.
- Score A Souvenir: Grab a keepsake 2017 Taste of Atlanta T-shirt and other swag including wine glasses, koozies, picnic blankets and more at the Taste of Atlanta Marketplace in association with Sensational Baskets. Guests can also purchase heavenly gingersnaps from Susansnaps, Jamaican rum cakes from Wicked Jack’s Tavern, gluten-free goodies from Marilyn’s Gluten-Free Gourmet and Southern foods with a gourmet twist from Merrilily Gardens. Find out more about the Taste of Atlanta Marketplace here.
I hope this helps you navigate through Taste of Atlanta this weekend! What restaurant are you mostly looking forward to trying?