May 31 - June 2 is the weekend to be in Atlanta. The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is an unbelievable event, offering opportunities for everyone to enjoy as well as specialized tracks for the dedicated foodie.
I was able to attend last year, and it was fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone - even if you just attend the tasting tents. Dozens of the best chefs in the southeast come together to offer a collaboration of the most creative and delicious food that you will ever eat.
Last year, one of my favorite dishes was Banana Kataifi (banana wrapped in shredded filo glazed in Greek Honey), served with flourless chocolate cake and yogurt sorbet.
One of the most inventive (and genius) ideas I saw was Pimento Cheese deviled eggs - how delightfully southern is that??
at The Food and Wine Festival last year that I was able to learn so much more about one
of our beloved Birmingham restaurants, Jim N Nicks. The strides they are making in rekindling Alabama's pork industry is so exciting.
Alabama chefs involved in the weekend include Drew Robinson, Chris Hastings, Chris Lilly, Frank Stitt, and James Boyce.
Many options are available to enjoy this great event. Getting tickets for the Tasting Tents will take you on a culinary journey of the South where you can embark upon tasting tours, such as Southern Sweets, Seafood, and Southern Regions from other parts of the globe. The day passes offer three learning (and eating!) experiences, the tasting tents, and a one year subscription to Food and Wine Magazine. There are also many special dinners, where chefs from all over the South come together and collaborate to create a fantasy meal for you to enjoy.
This event is a world-class festival and they will ensure that you feel cherished and filled with the best food that the South has to offer.