As the city of Atlanta continues to thrive as a top food and drink destination, the number of food and drink festivals hosted in the city are steadily increasing. I’m definitely not complaining. In fact, at this point I think I can officially add “attending food/drink festivals with the homies” to my list of hobbies. Right next to visiting MJQ bi-yearly and pigging out at Fellini’s.
With my newfound hobby and all, I felt compelled to create a list of my favorite, Atlanta food and drink festivals. Check ’em out below!
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – Although the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) is only in its sixth year, it’s fast becoming the G.O.A.T. of Atlanta food and drink festivals. The tasting tents alone have proven to be the it place to see and be seen (and to grub out like there’s no tomorrow). There’s also plenty of knowledge dropped during one of the many seminars and workshops that take place during AFWF.
Atlanta Taco Festival – Trust me, I know that attending a food festival for the first year can be a little scary. There’s about a bazillion things that could go wrong. But I’ve got a really good feeling about the inaugural Atlanta Taco Festival. I mean, we’re talking about tacos here, people! TAHHH-KOESSS. Oh, and if you purchase a VIP pass, there’s also The Lunazul Tequila Experience. A win, win, for sure.
Atlanta Street Food Festival – Piedmont Park you cool and all, but the Atlanta Street Food Festival is moving to Stone Mountain Park this summer, and I’m super excited about the new location. In addition to switching venues, the festival is also incorporating a number of (super legit) music acts. The name Bilal ring a bell? How about Vivian Green?
Decatur Wine Festival – The food and drink options in Decatur are already top-notch, throw in a wine festival, and we can clearly see why it’s greater in Decatur. Each year, Decatur Wine Festival attendees are presented with hundreds of wines from around the globe, live entertainment, and a boozy good time.
Red White & Brew – There’s tons of beer festivals here in Atlanta, but Red White & Brew is hands down one of the most unique beer festival experiences, in my opinion. Red White & Brew takes place in the Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom, on the Fourth Of July. I’ve gone on two different occasions, and absolutely loved it. There’s always a nice selection of brew, a BBQ buffet (a major key, by the way), and a private area to watch the fireworks.
Did I miss any festivals? It happens. Feel free to sound off in the comments section!