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 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