The 2019 Atlanta Food and Wine Festival took foodies on a deep dive into the South! With nearly 100 food and beverage booths, guests were able to indulge in a series of culinary experiences and meticulously curated tents. It was our 6th year attending the Festival, and every year it continues to grow and wow us – earning our praise as Atlanta’s best food festival. This year was no exception, we left with our bellies full and our hearts happy!
This year’s Festival shined a spotlight on traditions in the South – from Texas to the District of Columbia. From farms to vineyards to fantastic craft beer, there was no shortage of opportunities for your palate to play. With more than 50 learning experiences, dinners, and events, there was something for everyone for four deliciously awesome days.
FanBolt was able to attend not only the Tasting Tents but also the “Sunday Brunch: Great Southern Bake Sale”! The brunch event was full of innovative cocktails, delicious brews, and sweet and savory bites – which provided the perfect kick-off to the day for us! If you have been to the Festival before and haven’t explored some of the events outside of the Tents, I highly recommend making it a priority for 2020.
We sampled one of everything and then deciding on our favorite. That award goes to above cocktail the Strawberry Ramos Gin Fizz from Queen’s Park! After that, we headed off to the Tasting Tents! The Tents took over Old Fourth Ward Park this year. If you’ve not been to the Festival before, it quickly becomes apparent that you need multiple days to do the Tasting Tents right. The Festival’s footprint in the park is impressive.
My pick for “Best of the Fest” was Mississippi’s Beau Rivage Resort and Casino’s Landmass Burger. I’m a sucker for anything that uses Hawaiian bread first and foremost, but my King’s Hawaiian brand loyalty aside – this was a freaking good burger!
I wasn’t alone in that assessment. This was the overall festival winner for “Best of the Fest”! Chef Kristian Wade has me already planning my Mississippi road trip to Biloxi for thirds. So what was so amazing about this burger? It was absolute perfection with a smoky, grilled double-patty, American cheese, Mississippi tomato fondue, caramelized onions, crispy bread and butter pickles, a delicious blend of New Orleans barbeque sauce and Alabama white sauce. Oh, and it topped with a fried oyster.
If you missed out this year, or even if you’re planning a trip to our favorite city (we’re biased, we’re based here), then be sure to mark May 28 – 30, 2020 on your calendars! And keep checking AtlFoodAndWineFestival.com for details on next year’s tickets! This is the best food festival that Atlanta has to offer, and it’s an absolute playground for your tastebuds!
Curious about the history of this event? Learn more about how the Festival came to be on our sister site, Women’s Business Daily!