Valentine’s Day Destinations: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

It’s February and romance is in the air so there’s no better time to fall in love with the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF). From May 19–22, if it has to do with southern culinary traditions, it will be at AF&WF, from the best in barbecue and bourbon and award-winning chefs, to mixologists and local growers. Festival organizers are also pleased to announce that for journalists wishing to cover the event, media pass applications are available online.

What’s not to love about more than 200 activities that make up AF&WF? All events, demonstrations, tastings and seminars are designed by the Festival Founders Council and Curators, and connect to the Festival’s three overall themes of Old Traditions, New Traditions, and Imports and Inspiration, such as:

Classics We Love

AF&WF celebrates all the South has to offer, starting with Old Traditions. The weekend pays homage to classic techniques and rituals, ranging from Sunday Suppers, to distilling moonshine, farming, and preserving, with events such as Steven Satterfield’s “Putting Up” demonstration and “Southern 101: All Roads Lead to the Farm” agricultural seminar with Tyler Brown and Chris Hastings.

Innovations To Love

Throughout AF&WF, New Traditions will be honored, highlighting chefs, purveyors, mixologists, and growers on the leading edge of the southern culinary renaissance. Whether it’s the latest in molecular cocktails or food carts, music or chocolate, events like Nathan Lippy’s “Break the Rules” party, Vishwesh Bhatt and Kevin Gillespie’s “Inspired Southern” dinner are sure to show what the new South is all about.

Other Southern You’ll Love To Discover

So many southern traditions are inspired by other cultures, so it’s only fitting that AF&WF feature Imports and Inspiration, with wines and spirits from southern regions across the world. Tastings like “The South of Italy Shall Rise Again” with Jeremy Parzen and “South of the Border Cocktails” with King Cocktail himself Dale Degroff show the wide influence of the “other South”.

Tickets are on sale, ranging from $75 for select tastings and events to the $2500 Connoisseur Package, which includes access to the exclusive Connoisseur Track, Connoisseur Lounge, Opening Reception, Tasting Tents, the Street Cart Pavilion and even early access to all seminars and demonstrations. For press credentials or to buy tickets, please visit our website, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.