The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Recap! Know the South! Tasty food and cocktails from all over the south!

Although I received media credentials for attending the 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!

On June 2nd I attended the 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. This was my third time attending the festival and it may just have been my favorite. The theme and hashtag used was #KnowTheSouth. This truly represented what the festival was about. Unlike other Atlanta food festivals, the 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival had chefs from all over the South. I enjoyed dishes from South Carolina to Alabama to Tennessee to Louisiana. The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival consists of learning experiences, tasting experiences, dinner and events over a 3 day period in Midtown Atlanta. Here is a recap of my attendance this year.

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Attending a kickoff media reception at the Loews Hotel

Learning Experiences: The learning experiences at the 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival consisted of classes of 30-140 people. They included cocktail and cooking demonstrations, tasting seminars, panel discussions and pairing sessions.

My first event was the South African Wine Safari led by Atlanta Restaurateur-Justin Anthony. Justin Anthony is South African and has several successful restaurants in Atlanta including Yebo Beach Haus, 10 Degrees South, Biltong Bar and Cape Dutch.

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Justin Anthony serving his famous biltong during the tasting
The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Biltong pairs well with South African red wines
The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
We sampled A Lot of wine!

Along with South African wine distributor and expert-Alister Glen and the Ken Forrester wine representative-Marthinus van der Vyver, we were treated to several varietals of South African wine. They discussed the wines along with pairing suggestions. I have been to South Africa twice and these wines rivaled anything I have had there!  As you can tell by the picture below, my media friends and I definitely enjoyed this tasting!

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!

Cooking Demonstration: Next up was the Louisiana Seafood cooking demonstration. Husband and wife team Cody and Samantha Carroll discussed all the influences of Louisiana cuisine including French, Spanish, African and Caribbean. They own 2 restaurants in Louisiana, Hot Tails in Baton Rouge and Sac-A-Lait in New Orleans. Our mouths watered as we waited for the sautéed grouper with alligator Tasso. It was spicy goodness!

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Cody and Samantha cooking one of their specialties on stage
The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Grouper with Alligator Tasso

On my way out of the Loews Hotel, which is the headquarters for the festival, I sampled a Sublime Doughnut thanks to Delta perks!

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Thanks for the doughnut Delta!

Tasting Tents: On Friday evening I attended the Tasting Tents at Piedmont Park. This is an all you can eat and drink extravaganza! The tasting tents in Piedmont Park at sunset made for the perfect setting to indulge in all the good food the South has to offer! The Tasting Tents were held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I have to agree with the winner of “best of the fest”. Festival attendees were able to vote on their favorite dish in the tasting tents all weekend. Bistro 217 took home the award for their stellar Pawleys Island Shrimp and Grits! Below are a few of my favorite dishes:

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Beautiful views in Piedmont Park
The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Shrimp & Grits from Bistro 217
The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
BBQ from Mama Orchid of South Carolina. Located in the Delta Lounge

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Hot Fried Quail Sliders from Hattie B’s of Nashville
The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
This peachy Southern drink was delicious!

DESSERTS! ( My favorite)

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Revolution Doughnuts
The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
Red Velvet Cupcakes from Sugaree’s Bakery in MS
The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!
High Road Craft Ice Cream Sundae

Have you ever attended the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival? If so share your thoughts with us below and don’t miss the festival next year!

The 2017 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Know The South!

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