September marks the return of Atlanta’s largest yearly food festival.
The 11th annual Atlanta Food and Wine Festival takes place September 15 through September 18 with tasting tents and chef demonstrations at Historic Fourth Ward Park and a series of dinners and food events held at restaurants around the city.
This year’s festival features more than 60 chefs representing restaurants throughout the South, including Atlanta chefs like Parnass Savang of Talat Market, Zeb Stevenson of Redbird, and Malik Rhasaan and Detric Fox-Quinlan of Che Butter Jonez.
In 2021, Agency 21 took over ownership and operations of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival from one of the original founders, Elizabeth Feichter. Feichter went on to create another fall food festival called Gather ‘round, which returns in October to the Guardian Works and Westside Motor Lounge.
Agency 21 made the decision last year to forgo offering the festival’s signature culinary classes held at the Loews hotel in Midtown to focus on events inside the tasting tents and the ticketed dinners. Agency 21 CEO and partner Brett Friedman says the positive feedback received from the 2021 festival prompted the decision to discontinue the seminars entirely in favor of more interactive demonstrations at the tasting tents.
“In the current restaurant climate with staffing constraints, we found it more challenging to make chefs leave their restaurants for such a long duration while also focusing on the best consumer engagement,” Friedman tells Eater of nixing the classes.
“These live seminars are extremely interactive culinary demos in the tasting tents where attendees can learn how to recreate some of the dishes they’ve tasted while meeting the talent,” he adds.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales in 2022 benefits the school lunch program for non-profit organization Children of Conservation, which helps provide nutritious meals to children living in Africa.
Tasting Tents — $99 per day or $158 for weekend pass
Historic Fourth Ward Park, September 17 - September 18
The tasting tents feature dozens of chefs, food purveyors, and cocktail, wine, and beer stations, along with live chef demonstrations and other interactive events throughout the weekend. This is a rain or shine event in a grassy park, so dress appropriately, and leave those heels and wedges at home.
Dinner Events, Tuesday, September 13
Chef Mashup Dinner — $200
Talat Market, Summerhill, 5:30 p.m.
Chefs Parnass Savang and Lucas Sin partner up for a five-course dinner at the Summerhill restaurant blending Thai and Chinese flavors and dishes. Includes beverage pairings.
Dinner Events, Thursday, September 15
Sliced: A Cut of Atlanta’s Best – $95
Guardian Works, 775 Echo Street, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This indoor/outdoor event kicks off the festival with unlimited food, drinks, and live entertainment and features sliced foods like pizza, pie, quiche, brisket, and lasagna from several Atlanta chefs and bakers.
Straight from the Source: A Veggie Forward Soiree — $175
Redbird, Westside Provisions District, 7 p.m.
Chef Zeb Stevenson hosts a six-course dinner focused on vegetables dishes using local and seasonal produce at his Westside Provisions District restaurant. Includes beverage pairings.
American Cuisine with a Spanish Lens — $150
The Iberian Pig, Buckhead, 6:30 p.m.
Iberian Pig chef Josue Peña and Stateside Kitchen chefs Liron Eisenberg and Jon Sinecki serve a dinner filled with classic Spanish fare mixed with contemporary American dishes. Includes beverage pairings.
Hattie B’s Elevated: A Fried Chicken Fine Dining Experience — $90
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, 10th Street, 6:30 p.m.
Hattie B’s chef Brian Morris offers a three-course fried chicken dinner with wine and cocktail pairings at the restaurant’s newest Atlanta location.
A Taste of Israel — $190
Aziza, Westside Provisions District, 6:30 p.m.
In partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, Aziza chef Luis Guevara Salgado and a special guest chef yet to be announced serve a multi-course dinner of Israeli dishes paired with wine and cocktails. The evening kicks off with a cocktail hour.
Annual Atlanta Food and Wine Festival Dinner — $250
Lazy Betty, Candler Park, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Lazy Betty chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips host the annual festival dinner at their Candler Park restaurant serving a seven-course tasting menu of dishes using local and seasonal produce and proteins. Includes beverage pairings.
Dinner Events, Friday, September 16
Cluck’d: A Chicken and Cocktail Soiree – $110
Guardian Works, 775 Echo Street, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Another indoor/outdoor event taking place at the Guardian Works, Cluck’d focuses on the many ways to prepare and eat chicken, from roast and barbecue chicken to grilled and fried chicken. The event also features cocktails and live music.
A Night at The Americano — $195
The Americano, Buckhead, 7 p.m.
Purchase tickets to the tasting tents and individual dinners online here. Both individual day passes and weekend passes for the tasting tents are available. Tasting tent ticket includes entrance and unlimited food and drinks.