Midtown Atlanta

Georgia wine country, near Dahlonega

It’s finally here! After much planning, launch parties in Atlanta and New York City, the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival starts this weekend in Midtown steps away from Peachtree Street. Atlanta will host an event that celebrates the culinary traditions of the American South, in addition to southern regions worldwide. AF&WF founders Dominique Love & Elizabeth Feichter spent many years traveling to the Food and Wine event in Aspen and wanted an event of there own here in Atlanta. As the AF&WF is brand new, I don’t have event photos to show you, but I’ve photographed many of the participants as they’ve traveled to Atlanta over the years.

Founders Council member Chef Sean Brock, of McCrady's and Husk restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina

Atlanta has no shortage of food festivals but didn’t have a festival the likes of  the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami and Charleston Wine and Food Festival, which have hosted Atlanta chefs in the past. Festival founders gathered a committee of Southern chefs together – from Kentucky to Florida, and Texas to West Virginia, the Festival Founders Council and crafted an event that would be uniquely southern.

Mike Lata, executive chef of FIG restaurant in Charleston, SC

Festival headliners include John Besh of Louisiana, Michelle Bernstein of Florida, Warren Brown of Washington D.C., Matt Leee and Ted Lee (The Lee Brothers) of South Carolina and Tim Love of Texas.


Kevin Gillespie, executive chef of Woodfire Grill heads up the whole pig tent at AF&WF


Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene & Holeman and Finch Public House


Kelly English, of Restaurant Iris in Memphis, TN

There’s a large education component of the festival, with as many as 14 simultaneous sessions running at the Loews Hotel in Midtown. Learning experiences will vary from seminars, demonstrations and panel discussions. Tasting tents at the event carry on different themes, from southern favorites like barbecue and fried chicken to tamales & tacos and low country cuisine. Cuisine will be paired with wine, craft beer and spirits from over 100 purveyors. The ultimate tasting includes a whole pig and Bourbon tents curated by Kevin Gillespie and Julian Van Winkle.


Greg Best, mixologist at Holeman and Finch Public House will lead a seminar on "Coke-Tails"


David Lamont, of North Carolina's Counter Culture coffee will lead a coffee cupping (tasting)

Tickets are available on the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival website and events range from $75 for the tasting tents and $2500 for the connoisseur three day pass.