Chicken wings from Bhojanic at the Southern Wing Showdown.
Photo: Cliff Robinson Photography/Cliff Robinson
Photo: Cliff Robinson Photography/Cliff Robinson

Love food? Here’s what to do, eat and drink this weekend in metro Atlanta

Chow down on chicken wings, try some Polish food, get your pig roast on and more Aug. 23-25

Hungry or thirsty? There are plenty of events to check out and new restaurants to try this week in metro Atlanta.

<<Your complete guide to barbecue in metro Atlanta

Do this on Thursday

Sweet Auburn Barbecue is teaming up with Oregon daily co-op Tillamook Aug. 22 for Tillamook Presents: A Celebration of Pimento Cheese. A roster of some of Atlanta’s top chefs will serve up a dish featuring the southern staple, including Joey Ward and Spencer Gomez of Southern Belle; Ford Fry of Superica, King + Duke and several others; and Howard and Anita Hsu or Sweet Auburn BBQ, with Miles MacQuarrie of Kimball House severing as guest bartender. Tickets are $25 and include pimento cheese-inspired bites from all chefs; barbecue and sides from Sweet Auburn Barbecue; Tillamook ice cream; three drink tickets for beer, wine and specialty cocktails; and a live performance by Ruby Velle & Trio. All proceeds will be donated to the Betty Hsu Cancer Fund and the Get Comfortable Fund from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Read more here.

NOLA Creations will present Taste of the Quarter Pop Up at JR Crickets in McDonough on Aug. 22, featuring a five-course dinner from Food Network’s Season 10 “Great Food Truck Race” winner Chef Darrell. Read more here. 

Do this on Friday 

Twin Smokers BBQ has re-opened downtown after closing for eight weeks following a fire. To celebrate the opening, the restaurant is offering the first 100 guests a free banana pudding. Read more here.

Try barbecue from several local vendors while enjoying live music and entertainment from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 23 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 24 at the City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival. Read more here.

Check out the grand opening of the newest location of local chain Pita Street Food at 2125 North Decatur Road in Decatur. Look for free food including  gyro and falafel pitas from 6-9 p.m. Read more here. 

Get a taste of Oaxaca with Casi Cielo’s seasonal new dinner menu items, with dishes including Burrata al Josper made with tomatoes, guajillo oil, chile powder and greens and Tamal de Langosta, made with corn tamal, oysters sauce and guajillo oil. Read more here.

Grab a drink or a small plate on the new rooftop patio at Kevin Gillespie’s restaurant and bar Cold Beer, which recently opened on the Eastside Beltline. The patio is open from 4-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday -- read more here. 

The former team behind Watershed on Peachtree -- Zeb Stevenson and Ross Jones -- are back with a brand new restaurant in West Midtown. Get a first look at Redbird here.

Do this on Saturday   

Join Slow Food Atlanta and Peachtree Road Farmers Market for the 13th annual Slow Food Atlanta Ice Cream Social from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 24  inside Child Hall at The Cathedral of St. Philip. This year’s theme, Farmers + Chefs = Better Together, will celebrate ingredients sourced from local farmers and purveyors. Vote on your favorite ice cream flavor created by local chefs and amateurs. Advanced tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 5 and older and include an all-access pass to samples. Kids 4 and under are free. Read more here.

Join Concrete Jungle at Wild Heaven Beer in Avondale Estates for its cookbook release party, featuring the chance to buy the book and sample recipes from the book. Read more here.

Get your pierogi on at the 11th annual Polish Pierogi Festival at St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Church in Lawrenceville. The fundraiser for Polish Apostolate of Atlanta will feature Polish food, live music, Polish folk dancers, vendors booths, face painting and games. Read more here.

Raise a glass to the 16th annual Atlanta German Bierfest, held from 2-7 p.m. in Woodruff Park. Get a commemorative sample glass for unlimited samples of more than 35 German beers, with food available for purchase from local German restaurants including bratwurst, döners, pretzels, sauerkraut and schnitzel. Also look for live music and games. Read more here. 

Join Chef Art Smith of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar as he welcomes the teams from ASW Distillery, 18.21 Bitters, Reformation Brewery and Scofflaw Brewing Co., for Summer Social at the Garden. Learn about and sample spirits and brews from the breweries and distilleries along with paired small bites. Read more here.

Join Cypress Street Pint and Plate for its 12th annual pig roast, featuring plates of barbecue, a SweetWater beer truck, live music and alcoholic popsicles. Read more here.

Help Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta celebrate its sixth birthday with a party from 1:30-9:30 p.m. Three different ticket packages offer special anniversary glasses and pours of Jekyll Brewing beers, as well as live music and games. Barbecue from Loyal Q and Brew and seafood from Atlantic Seafood will be available for purchase. Read more here.

Atomic Entertainment will host Filipino pop-up Kamayan Atlanta Aug. 24 at the Pratt Pullman District site, the first event being held to show off the restoration and development project. In addition to the dinner, guests will be able to tour the yard publicly and view the buildings. A portion of the sales go to the Georgia Veteran’s Day Association. Tickets, which are $75, can be purchased at

Enjoy food and drink specials at Midtown bars and restaurants when you attend the Atlanta Tacos & Margs Crawl on Aug. 24. Participating venues include City Tap Atlanta, Takorea, Medici and more. Tickets start at $19.99. Read more here.

Looking for a barbecue restaurant that’s (almost) perfect? Check out the ‘cue at the new Summerhill spot Wood’s Chapel BBQ. Read our review here. 

Do this on Sunday

Tickets are on sale for the Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown on Aug. 25, featuring takes on wings from 30 top chefs from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Two ticket options – General Admission and VIP First Taster – offer attendees all-you-can-eat wings, side dishes, wine, beer and cocktails, plus live music. Read more here.

Wild Heaven Beer and Community Farmers Markets are teaming up for their third annual Southern Pig Roast at Wild Heaven in Avondale Estates. Tickets, which are $40 for one and $70 for two, include tastes from a Riverview Farms pig smoked by Brian Wolfe of Kimball House, chicken from Springer Mountain Chicken and vegetarian sides from Rising Son and Farm Burger. Also look for beer, live music and a raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Decatur Farmers Market. Read more here.

Head to Hotel Clermont and Tiny Lou’s from 4-7 p.m. for the latest installment in its new rooftop guest chef series. This time, look for chef Travis Kirkley of Oak Steakhouse at Avalon, who will be cooking up barbacoa tacos made with braised beef cheek, pickled sweet peppers, cilantro and roasted tomatillo salsa. 

Take a trip to Paris without leaving Atlanta at Vino Venue’s French Wine and Culinary Experience. Get two hours of unlimited tastings of French wine and food. Read more here.

Take a hike at Kennesaw Mountain, then pop in to Basecamp for the rib-sticking Nashville Chicken Skillet at nearby Basecamp. Read more here.

Looking ahead... 

From Aug. 26-29, help Petite Violette celebrate 45 years with deals including buy one full-price dinner entree, get 45% off of a second dinner entrée of equal or lesser value and 45% off select bottles of wine, at both lunch and dinner. Read more here.

Sukoshi is gearing up for its September opening at Colony Square with some pop-up events this week, featuring samples of the sushi eatery’s food. From 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27, look for the Sukoshi cart outside O-Ku in West Midtown, offering samples and swag. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sukoshi will pop up at Colony Square’s Street Eats. 

Join Full Commission in Grant Park for a five-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. Aug. 28, featuring wines from Coeur de Terre in McMinnville, Oregon. Paired dishes will include pan-roasted quail and roasted eggplant. Tickets, which are $65, can be reserved here.

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar is hosting a Craft Beer Enthusiast Night on Aug. 29, allowing guests the chance to meet the people behind Terrapin Beer Co., enjoy food paired with the Athens-based brewery’s craft beers, along with Terrapin swag. Read more here.

Chef Deborah VanTreece will partner with Ben & Jerry’s for Dessert’d on Aug. 29 at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, featuring chef-inspired plant based bites, cocktails and non-dairy frozen desserts. This event will take place at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours in two sessions (5:30-7PM and 8-9:30PM) on Thursday, 8/29. The Atlanta event will feature an unveiling of a one-night-only dessert made with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream made in partnership with VanTreece.  Proceeds will go to Atlanta’s Patchwork City Farms and the Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network. Read more here.

City Winery celebrates black-owned wineries, breweries and distilleries from 2-5 p.m. on Aug. 31 during An Afternoon with Black Beverage Artisans. Sampling from companies such as Brown Estate Wines, Mouton Noir Wine, McBride Sisters Wine, Uncle Nearest Whiskey, Khonso Brewing and Atlanta’s Down Home Brewing. Sommeliers will be on hand to guide the experience. Guests will enjoy music courtesy of a DJ until 6 p.m., when Wine Down Weekends (free live music) begins on the patio. Read more here.

Celebrate Labor Day at the fifth annual Labor Day Pig Out event Sept. 1, hosted by Oak Steakhouse and Colletta and hosted on Palmer Plaza at Avalon in Alpharetta. Tickets to the event, which are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, include all-you-can-eat barbecue such as ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork; sides like mac n' cheese, cornbread and coleslaw; a photobooth; lawn games; and beer and wine available for purchase for $5. Read more here.

Drink up at the Atlanta Bourbon Fest from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 7 at City Winery, featuring samples of more than 50 bourbons and whiskeys, as well as a few beer and wine options, live music, a DJ and food available for purchase. Later that day from 6-10 p.m., check out the Atlanta Craft Cocktail Festival, featuring a variety of cocktails, live music, a DJ and food available for purchase. 

Send off summer at The Optimist in West Midtown with an End of Summer Luau from 3-8 p.m. Sept. 8. The event, which will be held at the oyster bar and on the patio, will feature a Hawaiian-style pig roast with blue point oysters, pork sliders, peel-and-eat shrimp and tuna poke, live music and themed entertainment. A selection of tiki-inspired cocktails including sherry mai tais, banana brandy daiquiris and amaro coladas will be available, plus themed beers, canned rosé and pinot grigio. Tickets, which are $55, include food, two drink tickets and tax and gratuity. After the use of drink tickets, the event’s cocktails, beer and wine will be available for purchase at $6 each. Read more here. 

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