Taste of Atlanta features more than 90 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants. Along with craveable bites and bevs that are yours for the tasting, there is so much more to discover.
Watch Atlanta's top bartenders compete for the title of Taste of Atlanta's Best Bartender at the Barcraft Competition. Pick up grilling tips at the Big Green Egg Grilling Stage. Join us at The Chef's Table to learn tips and techniques from Atlanta's top tastemakers. CNN's Holly Firfer will host The Kitchen Workshop where you can get hands-on instruction in the culinary arts
And we didn't forget the little ones! At the Family Food Zone, locally and nationally celebrated chefs inspire festival-goers of all ages to tie on an apron, gather around the kitchen counter and stir up some fun.
Haven't you always wanted to be a VIP? Now is your chance at Atlanta's must-do festival. Sip and savor what some of Atlanta's best restaurants, chefs and bartenders have to offer. Hop City, Atlanta's premier craft beer destination, will curate more than 100 of the best craft beers, along with an amazing selection of wine from around the world. Thirsty for more? The city's hottest bartenders will be shaking and mixing craft cocktails under the VIP Grand Tasting tents.
Join us at the Chef’s Table tent at 4:15 on Sunday Oct 23rd the for the Barcraft finals! Atlanta's top bartenders compete for the title of Taste of Atlanta's Best Bartender. The contestants will represent the best of the best as they mix, muddle and shake their select ingredients into winning cocktails.
Contestants must be members of the Atlanta chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. The USBG is a national and international network of bartenders and beverage professionals from every aspect of the beverage industry who come together to share their common interest: the craft of mixology. For information and to join the USBG Atlanta Chapter, visit www.USBG.org.
The spirited schedule includes three quarter-final events at local restaurants prior to Taste of Atlanta. Join these talented finalists as they gather around the same bar to compete, have a drink and exchange ideas.
- Jeff Banks
Brush Izakaya, Atlanta
- Jenn Gregory
- Hannah Leonard
- Nic Wallace
The River Bar at The Cloister, St. Simons
- Zee Zammit
Marble Ring, Birmingham
Pull up a seat, as Atlanta's hottest chefs lay all their cards on The Chef's Table. As each divulges their culinary journeys along with tips, techniques and tastes, guests have the unique opportunity to gain insight from these creative minds in an intimate setting.
Acclaimed chef, cookbook author, television host, James Beard nominee, philanthropist, and now Taste of Atlanta 2016 Featured Presenter are all words that describe Atlanta's own Chef Gerry Garvin, simply known as G. Garvin. Taste of Atlanta is thrilled to welcome G. back to the festival on Sunday, October 23 on the Chef's Table stage!
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Both skilled home cooks and those still learning to boil water are coached by renowned local chefs who provide step-by-step instruction in The Kitchen Workshop. Guests become students, as they roll up their sleeves for this hands-on cooking experience that has each class leaving with leftovers and a feather in their toque.
Taste of Atlanta welcomes Holly Firfer to the festival as host and emcee of The Kitchen Workshop. Holly is an Emmy nominated journalist who you have seen covering everything from hurricanes and floods to celebrity trials, campaign trails and sporting events for CNN. Holly is active in many charities and actively raises money for cancer research and animal shelters. She has also lent her efforts to the fight against autism and diabetes.
Holly is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of Northwestern University. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling with her husband Shawn and being a "mom" to their many animals.
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The city's top grill masters get fired up for the ultimate cookout on the world's leading ceramic cooker, the Big Green Egg. After learning to sear flavorful meats, baste with homemade barbecue sauce and even bake delicious desserts, festivalgoers walk away with some smoking recipes.
Taste of Atlanta welcomes the "Fatman" Kevin Jenkins of Chef and the Fatman and Francine Bryson to the Big Green Egg Grilling Experience. "Fatman" and Francine are the "dynamic duo of delicious" and will host as festival chefs cook up their specialties on these amazing ceramic grills. See the hottest grills, gather recipes and learn how to make the most of your Big Green Egg.
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Get cooking on The Family Food Zone stage! Locally and nationally-celebrated chefs of all ages inspire festivalgoers to tie on an apron, gather around the kitchen counter and stir up some fun. This year's Future Chef Food Fight will put three budding young chefs to the test as they create a dish with that day's special ingredient.
Since the age of 2, Lola Massey has been in the kitchen. From cutting strawberries with a butter knife with help from Mom and Dad to now cooking five star meals for her entire family all on her own, Lola has grown tremendously in her skills and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon! Chef Lola will be a contestant in the Future Chef Food Fight.
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Taste of Atlanta is proud to support Open Hand as the beneficiary of the Silent Auction. Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care™, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life.
The Taste of Atlanta Silent Auction will be filled with unique merchandise and exclusive offers on entertainment and travel packages. 100% of the silent auction net proceeds will be donated to Cooking Matters.