ATLANTA – Anticipation is building for the 15th annual Taste of Atlanta, taking place Oct. 21-23 in Midtown at Tech Square. The city’s essential food festival is marking this milestone anniversary in style, with celebrity chef appearances, dynamic demos, a kickoff party on Friday night and a VIP Grand Tasting Experience featuring a top-notch selection of craft beers, cocktails and wines—not to mention craveable creations from more than 90 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants.
Single-day general admission tickets are $25, and the VIP Grand Tasting Experience is $75. Tickets to the all-inclusive Friday night kickoff party are $65 general admission and $80 VIP. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets now at Freshtix.com/TasteofAtlanta before prices increase on Friday, Oct. 7, or before they sell out. Guests who purchase early receive the added convenience of having their RFID wristbands delivered in the mail, allowing food lovers to easily add additional Taste Points ahead of time and breeze through the entrance on festival days.
One of the biggest draws over the weekend will be the main food stages, where two of Atlanta’s most popular celebrity chefs are holding court. On Saturday, Tregaye Fraser hits the Kitchen Workshop stage to share her culinary journey as the winner of the most recent season of “Food Network Star” and newest co-host for the upcoming season of Food Network’s talk show “The Kitchen Sink.” On Sunday, Atlanta native G. Garvin will divulge tips, techniques and tastes on the Chef’s Table stage. Garvin is an acclaimed cookbook author and James Beard nominee for Outstanding Personality/Host known for his shows “Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin,” “G. Garvin: The Road Tour” and “Georgia Roadtrip with G. Garvin.”
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome back G. Garvin to Taste of Atlanta,” says founder and CEO Dale DeSena. “His enthusiasm for the Atlanta food scene is infectious, and he goes above and beyond to give festivalgoers a one-of-a-kind experience.”
Fraser and Garvin top a list of essential events that includes:
A barcraft competition in which mixologists vie for the title of Best Bartender
A celebration of local, seasonal flavors with chef Nick Melvin of Venkman’s and Royal Food Service
Hands-on cooking tutorials at no extra cost by local chefs at the Kitchen Workshop
Grilling demonstrations on the Big Green Egg Grilling Stage, hosted by Francine Bryson and “Fatman” Kevin Jenkins of “Chef and the Fatman”
A foodie extravaganza silent auction benefitting Open Hand, which provides comprehensive nutrition care for those dealing with chronic conditions
Taste of Atlanta’s Friday night kickoff party benefits Georgia Organics and features drool-worthy bites from the likes of St. Cecilia, O-Ku, Hampton + Hudson and 20 other top restaurants. The good times roll through the weekend with tasting opportunities from over 90 hometown favorites including Bellwoods Social House, Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, The Pig & The Pearl and more. For the ultimate in ATL bites and bevs, the VIP Grand Tasting Experience grants exclusive access to even more restaurants, including King + Duke and Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, as well as the most extensive selection of more than 180 craft beers and wines from Three Taverns Brewery, Orpheus Brewing, SweetWater Brewing Company, Monday Night Brewing, New Belgium and many more, curated by the local experts at Hop City.
More details on the festival continue to be released. In the meantime, visit TasteofAtlanta.com, follow updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sign up for the fun, foodie Bite of News newsletter to discover all the exciting news as it is announced.