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Changes Are Afoot for Atlanta’s Annual Food & Wine Festival

Tickets to the annual Southern food festival are on sale. Plus, a new fried chicken restaurant opens in midtown next month

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Tickets are on sale for the annual Atlanta Food & Wine festival and its tasting tents

Tickets for the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (May 30 - June 2) go on sale Friday, March 15. Classes remain at the Loews Atlanta hotel in Midtown — AF&WF’s home base for the last eight years. However, the Southern food fest’s tasting tents are now a little over two miles away from the hotel at Historic Fourth Ward Park in the Old Fourth Ward (O4W). And, festival attendees coming from the Loews may need to find their own rides to the tents rather than boarding a shuttle, as in previous years. In an interview with Atlanta Magazine, AF&WF co-founder Elizabeth Feichter says the move to O4W was prompted by last year’s muddy end to the tents at Piedmont Park. In order to allow people more time to get from the Loews to Historic Fourth Ward Park, the schedule now provides up to two hours between classes and the tents, giving attendees time to find their own rides. Eater Atlanta reached out to confirm this information and to inquire about a shuttle. [Official]

Panko-breaded fried chicken tender restaurant opening in midtown

Panko-breaded fried chicken restaurant Ponko Chicken opens a second Atlanta location in midtown next month, What Now Atlanta reports. It replaces Mediterranean restaurant Mulavi at the Alta Midtown complex on West Peachtree Street. Ponko serves its fried chicken in the Japanese tonkatsu style, which sees meat pounded flat, breaded, and then deep fried. The restaurant’s menu includes fried chicken and tofu sandwiches, salads, fried chicken tender entrees, fries, and sticky rice. Ponko, located on Chamblee-Tucker Road, is owned by Reiko Clark and Maggie Antoine. [WNA]

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