Taste of Atlanta This weekend!

Taste_08_3 If you are a food lover on ANY level, this weekend’s Taste of Atlanta festival has something perfect on the menu.  Culinary experts, those who enjoy a good meal, children, adults, wine lovers, beer experts; EVERYONE will have something to shout about!

Taste of Atlanta is a 2-day outdoor food festival held in the streets of Atlantic Station on Saturday, October 11 & Sunday, October 12, 2008. Taste of Atlanta is a rain or shine event.  More than 70 of Atlanta’s Favorite restaurants will be presenting their signature cuisines at Taste of Atlanta.

There are two types of tickets available for Taste of Atlanta – General Admission, and VIP.  VIP tickets offer access to certain exclusive events that are a part of the festival.  Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult with a wristband.

Cooking Demos

Trisha Yearwood – The multi-talented Grammy Award winning singer is also a great cook.  Her new book "Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen," is the perfect guide for the lovers of southern favorites.  Trisha, her mother, and her sister will prepare recipes from the book onstage.Trisha_yearwood_2

Food and wine authority Ted Allen will lead the audience through pairing the perfect wines with their delectable dishes. 

Top Chef Finalist and Atlanta native Richard Blais will show why he was named one of the Top Five Rising Chefs of 2005 by Gayot Guide. 

Classically trained chef Will Rece combines a touch of Comedy with his cooking.  He will have you in stitches as he prepares election-themed RECEipes, Lame Duck Spring Rolls with Liberal Amounts of Citrus-Ponzu Slaw and Pork Barrel Pot Stickers with Blue and Red State Drizzle.

Most widely known for his TV One Television series Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin, Gerry Garvin will review dishes displaying the concepts from his new book Dining In.  The book teaches even the most inexperienced home cooks to make delicious gourmet meals.

Radio Personalities Chef and the Fatman, and chef/entertainer George Duran will also amuse and enlighten the crowd.

Wine Experience/Bowling and Brews (VIP Tickets only)

A major part of the festival is the Wine Experience at Twelve Hotel Ballroom, in which VIP guests participate in educational wine seminars while enjoying a dazzling selection of fine wines, and artisan cheeses.  Gil Kulers, Certified Wine Educator and popular Atlanta-Journal Constitution wine columnist, will be on hand to share his wine knowledge and moderate the seminars.

Bowlingbrews For those who prefer their beverage from a pint glass, Bowling and Brews at Ten Pin Alley will offer VIP ticket holders the opportunity to sample a number of ales, lagers, wheat beers and more.  Renowned Beer Sommelier Matt Simpson will share his extensive craft bee knowledge, and everyone knows nothing goes with beer like bowling a few frames!

For The Kids

A new addition to Taste of Atlanta is the Amica Insurance Kid’s Avenue.  Young chefs will showcase their creations, kid-friendly restaurants will offer food to the crowd, and there will be food-themed activities for the kids to participate in.

Silent Auction/Local Sustainable Movement

There will also be a silent auction featuring fantastic memorabilia, culinary products, and vacation Packages.  The Taste of Atlanta Local Sustainable Country Road Stage will be devoted to restaurants and chefs committed to the local, sustainable movement. This area of the festival will showcase the chefs cooking with their local farmer.

For more detailed information on Taste of Atlanta – visit their excellent website.Taste_08_4

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