Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cocktails come to the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:28 PM

The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market will host Peach Jam in June and July
  • Joeff Davis
  • The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market will host Peach Jam in June and July

Haven't you ever gone to a farmer's market and thought to yourself, "man, all this hydroponic lettuce and quinoa salad is great and all, but this place could really use some booze"?

Well, the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market will soon be getting some, in the form of a cocktail competition celebrating the Georgia peach. The farmers market has paired up with Slow Food Atlanta to put on the first annual Peach Cocktail Mix-Off on Thursday, June 30, an Iron Chef-esque event that benefits the market.

Here's how it'll work: Contestants will meet at the market at 6 p.m. and each will receive a type of alcohol to work with - their "secret ingredient" of the evening. Then, they'll have 30 min. to shop around the market and find other fresh ingredients to include in their cocktail. The mix-off will begin at 6:30 across the street at the Midway Pub, and contestants will use the ingredients they bought from the market, their own ingredients and the provided peaches and ice to create their drink. The cocktails will then be judged based on three criteria: taste, creativity and preparation. The winner will recieve $200 and the winning drink will appear on Midway Pub's menu for a week.

It's $20 to enter, and professional bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts have until Thursday, June 23 to sign up (if you're interested, email judith@loveislovefarm.com). Alas, the public won't have the chance to sample all the cocktails, but they are encouraged to come watch the mix-off. Chef Terry Koval of Farm Burger will be grilling $5 sliders at the event, and proceeds from the burger sales will benefit the market.

The mix-off is part of Slow Foods and the EAV Farmers Market's first annual Peach Jam, which will take place June 30 at the EAV Farmers Market and July 3 at the Grant Park Farmers Market. The event will feature all things peach, including the cocktail competition, cobbler competition and plenty of peachy foods to buy. If you think your cocktail mixing or cobbler baking skills are up to par, or if you just love peaches, check out our event page for more details.

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