The food world is abuzz as A-town gets ready to host the second annual Atlanta Food and Wine Festival (AFWF). If you're unfamiliar, the AFWF is a super-unique event that showcases not only the most celebrated chefs in the Southeast, but the issues that matter most to them as well. The festival is made up of dinner events and cocktail parties, educational seminars, and tastings. This time around, they decided to nix the Food Truck presence to focus on the tasting tents.
Their website explains it way better:
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, a weekend like no other that brings together leaders of their craft - barbecue pit masters, award-winning chefs and mixologists, Master Sommeliers, fry cooks and local growers - in the spirit of celebrating the deep food and beverage traditions of the South.
In other words, this festival is pretty legit. AFWF's Advisory Council of celebrated chefs and industry pros directly contributed to seminar topics and content.
First, you have individual tasting tent tickets for a particular afternoon ($100). Tasting tents will be open Fri., May 11, 3 - 6 p.m.; Sat., May 12, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.; and Sun., May 13, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. The AFWF tasting tents should be pretty neat, and many would argue, well worth the money. Each tent will feature tasting trails that allow guests to sample several variations of the same dish, one after another, for optimal side-by-side comparing.
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The Festival Tasting Tents are designed to lead guests through a culinary exploration of the South, featuring 15 themed tasting 'trails' like Bourbon, Craft Beer, Farm Fresh, Seafood, Whole Pig, Southern Snacks, Wine and other favorites from other Southern regions around the globe. More than 100 award-winning chefs will cook in the culinary trails during the weekend with a different chef line-up each day.
Next, are day passes - regular or "Connoisseur." A regular day pass is $180 and includes three Learning Experiences (cooking & cocktail demonstrations, food & beverage tasting seminars, panel discussions), one tasting tent session, a festival goodie back, and a one-year subscription to FOOD & WINE or Travel + Leisure. A Connoisseur day pass is $700 (daaaamn!) includes three Connoisseur Learning Experiences (exclusive tastings and demonstrations), one Tasting Tent Session with VIP entrance, one Connoisseur Breakfast, one evening dinner, and some other fancy stuff.
Regular three-day passes are $500 and a three-day Connoisseur pass is $2,000...yikes!
There's no way around it, this festival is crazy expensive. But who knows, maybe there are enough people who are in love with food and food culture to keep the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival afloat for years to come.
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