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Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Enjoy all that is deliciously Southern with award-winning chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, pitmasters and beverage innovators at this year's Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Story by WhereTraveler writer Jennifer Coltrin.

Tastings and more at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (Courtesy Atlanta Food & Wine Festival)

With more than 100 seminars, demonstrations and panel discussions from a who’s who of culinary talent (250 from 14 states), the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, from May 30-June 1, is four days of foodie heaven. The brainchild of Dominque Love and Elizabeth Feichter, who hit on the idea after attending the famed Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, the event is the only food festival in the country to celebrate the South in all its culinary bounty. Here’s the low down on filling up.

Classes & Demos

The wines of Portugal, Mississippi on the grill, culinary-inspired beers, BBQ crab, free-range duck, raw chocolate desserts from Patagonia and Florida “Cracker” cuisine (derived from Scottish-Irish settlers in the back woods of Florida in the 1700s) are just some of the unique classes you can sign up for this year. Also on the agenda: cocktail demonstrations, technique labs and blind tastings.

Tasting Tents

Enjoy food and drink from more than 100 award-winning chefs. Themed tasting “trails” are designed to take guests on a culinary exploration of the South. Samples include craft beer, bourbon, chicken, seafood, pork, sandwiches and more. Just pick a path and dig in on Friday, May 30 from 3-6 pm, or Saturday, May 31 from 2:30-5:30 pm.

Guests toast good times at one of the festival's after parties (Courtesy Atlanta Food & Wine Fest)

Connoisseur Experience

Geared to serious foodies, this program offers reserve food and beverage classes and tastings, and access to a super-fancy Connoisseur Lounge created by award-winning Atlanta designer William Peace. It's pricey, but worth it.

More Foodie Fun

When the tents are closed, the celebration continues at dinners and Southern-style soirees. On the calendar is a coastal-style pig roast and a seafood feast at JCT Kitchen & Bar on May 29. Also, there's an "About South" dinner at the Atlanta History Center on May 30, and a tribute dinner to "Southern Farmers" on May 31, and Rathbun’s Watch List Party, also on May 31. Read more here.

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