Atlanta Food & Wine Festival | A Taste of the South

by Melissa on May 23, 2011

What a fantastic taste of the South. The tasting tents at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival were the highlight of the event for me. There’s almost nothing that I find more fun than wandering from table to table looking at and tasting dishes from some of the best restaurants and foodcrafters from the region.

After picking up a souvenir wine glass at the entrance, I wandered into the first of three tents and plotted out my plan of attack. The tents were packed and I knew that I needed to figure out a plan in order to navigate through the crowds, while also stuffing my face full of yummy food and taking pictures at the same time.

Rolling Bones Premium Pit BBQ had the best food display. I loved the thought that went into placing ingredients and garnishes to decorate the cutting boards where the BBQ sandwiches were placed.

On the left: Roasted Duck BBQ by Rolling Pit BBQ. On the right: Bacon wrapped shrimp with passion fruit mustard sauce by the Market at W Buckhead.

On the left is Kerala fried chicken over low country waffles and a spice maple syrup topped with a fried curry leaf, by Spice Route Supper Club. This was the one dish that I heard people rave about over and over again. I can’t wait for Spice Route Supper Club’s next dinner event and the opening of their new restaurant!

On the right, I took a break from eating and photographing to get a photo taken with one of my Twitter friends who I ran into at the festival. Love her! We’re going to Spice Route Supper Club together next month – can’t wait!

I was so happy to see one of my new favorite Atlanta restaurants at the tasting tents, JCT Kitchen & Bar. They prepared a fried chicken topped with spicy mayo on top of a bed of baked beans.

Big shout-out to JCT Kitchen! Thank you for taking the time and making a special pretty plate for me to photograph, which allowed me to snap a few of the process of the dish being put together. I love process photos!

Hi there! My new Delta friends. Friends because of two things, these guys at the festival embodied Southern hospitality with their interactions with the guests. And second reason, they served me as much wine as my little belly desired.

More new friends from Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Coca-cola. It just wouldn’t be an Atlanta event without Coke making an appearance.

If there’s a big food festival or street cart gathering in Atlanta. You can expect to find King of Pops there. And with good reason too. Their popsicles never disappoint, and the flavors that they developed in partnership with Patrón Tequila for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival weren’t an exception.

In fact, these may have been some of King of Pop’s best flavors. Out of the three that I tried: cucumber jalapeño margarita, peach basil margarita and green apple lemonade, the cucumber jalapeño was my favorite. It had a refreshing veggie flavor, a little sweet with a slight spicy kick at the end.

Alon’s Market & Bakery served up strawberry gelee with almond cake topped with mascarpone cream, a mini rhubarb macaroon and crumble. If you’re wondering, year, it tasted as amazing as it looks. And thank you Alon’s for topping my subject with a tad of powdered sugar for the photo!

Kudos to Dominique Love, Elizabeth Feichter and the rest of the team on an amazing job on the first ever Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Thank you to baltz + company and foodbuzz for my media pass to the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.


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May 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm

What amazing photos you take!!! So glad to have hung out with you at the festival :)


Melissa Crane
May 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks Chloe! Enjoyed hanging out with you as well!!


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
May 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I never wanted to be in ATL so badly as this past weekend…between BlogHer and the festival, it was the place to be. Looks great!


Melissa Crane
May 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Atlanta really was the place to be this past weekend for foodies. Maybe you’ll venture down South and visit us next year for the festival? :)

Looking forward to meeting you in person in a little over two months Averie!


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