Only one week left until the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns to the lobby of Loews Atlanta. Launched in 2012, this “feastival”—formed by friends Elizabeth Feichter and Dominique Love—is the ultimate event for any foodie. Running from Thursday, June 1st-Sunday, June 4th, Atlanta Food & Wine is centered is around three different categories: Learning Experiences, Tasting Experiences, and Dinners and Events. Whether you’re a foodie newbie or a seasoned veteran, these insider tips will help you to make the most of your culinary weekend.
Select your ticket level carefully: Although you may save with GA tickets, VIP ticketholders will have access to wine, beer, and cocktails tastings as well as exclusive restaurant tastings (no additional tasting tickets required). Trust us, the extra money is worth the benefit.
Plan your parking: Expect to pay $15-20 to park close to the event. There is limited street parking in the neighborhoods around the festival. Consider taking Uber or Lyft especially if you plan to partake of cocktail samples.
Do your research: Use the AFWF planning guide with printable schedules, worksheets, and festival maps to schedule your weekend. From Chardonnay and brandy tastings to The Science of Taste seminar, there is plenty to do and taste. Start perusing class schedules now—they are filling up fast!
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes: Even though there is no enforced dress code, plan to dress appropriately. Note that shorts and t-shirts are not considered appropriate attire for evening events. For the Tasting Tents, the terrain is not optimal for high heels, so consider comfortable footwear to maneuver through the crowds with ease.
Check the weather forecast: AFWF is held rain or shine. It is better to be prepared than to be too hot, cold or wet!
Allow plenty of time: There will be crowds and there will be lines, so please plan accordingly.
To purchase tickets, or obtain other information, please visit the AFWF17 website.
Denise Romero, Contributor