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Taste of Atlanta celebrates 10th anniversary

Credit: Tasteofatlanta.com

Credit: Tasteofatlanta.com

It is that time of year– Taste of Atlanta will once again invade Midtown for a weekend of food and drink celebrating some of our best chefs and restaurants on October 22-23rd. The festivities kick off with a block party the night of Friday October 21st (block party tickets are extra), with the majority of events taking place over the next two days.

Over 80 restaurants are participating this year, and there is no shortage of special events, demonstrations, and seminars to attend. Among the many Atlanta chefs featured are Kevin Rathbun (Rathbun’s, Krog Bar, and Kevin Rathbun Steak), Ron Eyester and Nick Melvin (The Family Dog and Rosebud), Ford Fry and Drew Belline (JCT Kitchen and no. 246), and Hector Santiago (Pura Vida). The Food Network’s Aaron Sanchez will also be in attendance, hosting the block party with Rathbun as well as running his own demonstration on the Home Plate Main Stage on Saturday afternoon.

The AJC’s own Bob Townsend will host a special beer tasting for VIP ticket holders on Sunday, and John Kessler joins Santiago, Guy Wong (Miso Izakaya), and Jahan Ostad (Sheik Burritos n Kabobs) for a panel discussion on global snacks on Saturday.

Tickets are on sale now, and the schedule of events can be found at Taste of Atlanta’s website.

Who is planning on going out there this year? Are there any chefs/speakers you don’t want to miss?

 

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

8 comments Add your comment

Boses

October 5th, 2011
3:21 pm

Ain’t going this year. Last year was disappointing. Too many vendors were selling ribs, had to pay extra to get to Restaurant Eugene and South City Kitchen, & I did not enjoy the food for the amount of money I dropped. I’d have rather gone to Holeman & Finch, dropped the same amount, and had a fabulous meal. Count me out.

Sam

October 5th, 2011
10:46 pm

I ain’t going this year, either. The Pickrick ain’t there no more.

dave

October 5th, 2011
10:54 pm

I just wish it were in a different location, like Piedmont Park. Last year was awful. It was hot, all the vendors were on concrete, and there was no place to sit.

Count Me Out

October 7th, 2011
2:29 pm

They decreased the # of tickets you normally get with ticket purchase from 15 to 10, but the price is still close to 30 bucks. There were less vendors on the Saturday last year than the previous year, not sure about Sunday. It’s becoming a farce. No thanks.

Edward

October 7th, 2011
5:11 pm

I went on Sunday last year, got there just as it opened so the lines weren’t long. I was able to get two different items (for 6 tickets total) before the lines were so long it was like standing in line waiting for a coaster at Six Flags. Sorry, I love good food, but there are easier and less frustrating ways of sampling it. I’m skipping it this year.

Sam

October 9th, 2011
12:07 pm

I am looking forward to it. I had a great time last year – even John Kessler will be there hosting a seminar this year.

Marie

October 10th, 2011
3:43 pm

I love this festival! There are a ton of good restaurants this year and the tastes on the website look amazing! No one likes a ticket downgrade, but you can always purchase more at the festival and honestly, even with the best intentions both my mom and i gave away some of our taste tickets at the end of the day, so honestly 10 should be enough. This is hands down the best food event in Atlanta and while all events have their ebb and flow, i think this festival is on the up and i’ll stay a loyal Taste of Atlanta attendee!!

btownsend

October 11th, 2011
10:07 am

Thanks for the shout out, Jon! Out of town last week and didn’t catch up on posts until this a.m.

Wanted to mention that Gil Kulers, the AJC wine guy, will be doing lots of VIP wine seminars on both Saturday and Sunday, including a nice steak and cab tasting with Kevin Rathbun to kick things off.

Later, I’ll meet Gil for another beer vs. wine tasting, this time with pizza. I’ll have a couple of cool beers from Victory and I’m sure Gil will have some great wines up his sleeve, so everyone wins.

The Sunday beer seminar/tasting features some great imports from Merchant du Vin and the deluxe four-piece Beer Connoisseur glassware set from Riedel/Spiegelau, which participants get to take home.