Fermented food and drinks will be on tap at this year's Fermentation Fest.
Photo: Cultured South
Photo: Cultured South

12 must attend March food events in metro Atlanta

Meet some Atlanta makers, attend a mashup dinner and more this month in metro Atlanta.

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Park Tavern’s 15th annual Oyster Crawfish Festival. The event will cook up 10,000 lbs. of Louisiana crawfish served with potatoes, corn and sausage; a dozen Gulf oysters on the half-shell; buckets of 18 steamed oysters with drawn butter; and a fried station with fried oysters, shrimp, gator bites and chicken baskets served with crispy fries. Drink options will include the Blue Balls Hurricane, Bayou Mule, Horny Gator, Bloody Marys, Mardi Gras Margaritas and beer. Tickets also include entertainment from a DJ and live music. Admission, general admission and VIP ticket options are available. Check out other ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta here.2 p.m. March 2. $5-$75. Park Tavern at Piedmont Park, 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. parktavern.com/events/oyster-crawfish-festival-2019

Looking for a Mardi Gras party alternative on Fat Tuesday? Check out Canoe’s Jordan Winery dinner featuring passed appetizers followed by a five-course menu, with each course paired with a Jordan wine and a chance to meet winemaker Rob Davis. Menu items will include Atlantic salmon sashimi, Australian lamb rib eye and dry aged strip and slow roasted short rib.
6:30 p.m. March 5. Canoe, 4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta. 770-432-2663, canoeatl.com/

Get to know one of Atlanta’s newest restaurants during a two-hour cooking class with Ron Hsu, the chef behind the newly opened Candler Park restaurant Lazy Betty, at the Midtown location of Cook’s Warehouse. Get a look into the way Hsu approaches cooking, with dishes including Asian Delight Rice and Chicken Liver Mousse.7 p.m. March 6. $59. Cook’s Warehouse, 1544 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-815-4993, cookswarehouse.com/cooking-classes.

Celebrate women in food on International Women’s Day during Community Farmers Markets’ fourth annual Lady Locavores, featuring drinks and food from female metro Atlanta chefs, makers and mixologists including Sarah Dodge of Bread is Good, Yohana Solomon of Kushina Catering and Kathryn Rouse of Rising Son. Ticket sales from Lady Locavores will fund CFM’s educational chef program.
6-9 p.m. March 8. $50. The Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta. ladylocavores.com

Calling all brunch lovers -- celebrate your favorite meal at the Atlanta Brunch Festival. The event features food and from more than 40 local restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks including Sun In My Belly, Ms. Icey’s Kitchen & Bar and Simon’s Restaurant. Bloody Marys, mimosas, beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Choose from general admission, bottomless drink and VIP tickets, which also all include live music and a DJ.
Noon-4 p.m. March 9. $20-$79. Atlantic Station, 241 20th St., Atlanta. https://atlantabrunchfestival.com 

Pair Girl Scout cookies with beer at this Second Self Beer Company event. Get  four beers that are specially paired with four different types of cookies. 2-5 p.m. March 10. $15. Second Self Beer Company, 1317 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta. 678-916-8035, secondselfbeer.com/

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar is celebrating its third anniversary with a lobster boil. The restaurant is offering a whole Maine lobster dinner served with cornbread, corn and potatoes and slaw for $33.33. Also look for Key Lime pie, Narragansett Fresh Catch tallboys and crab-stuffed oysters for $3.33 and live music from a bluegrass band.
5-9:30 p.m. March 12. Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-635-7641, driftoysterbar.com/ 

Join Cat Neville, the producer and host of the PBS show “tasteMAKERS,” to get a closer look at Atlanta’s artisan food scene.

The Atlanta stop of “Meet the Makers,” part of a nine-city event series, will feature live interviews and segments from the show with Clay Oliver of Oliver Farm; cooking demos with Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, Rikki Waite of My Grandma’s’ Empanadas and Lia Weber, winner of season four of TLC’s “Next Great Baker”; and a discussion with Jody Daley on the way farmers markets connect farmers and makers. The event will be followed by food and drinks from local businesses including Watershed and Pine Street Market.2 p.m. March 24. $20. Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th St., Atlanta. watchtastemakers.com/meet-the-makers-atlanta.

Get fermented at the third annual Fermentation Fest, hosted by Cultured South Fermentation Co. with nonprofit partners Georgia Organics and the Farmer Fund. Expect fermented products from around two dozen local and regional producers, educational talks and demonstrations, seasonal kombucha on tap and a libation lounge curated by Dames And Dregs Beer Festival.Noon-6 p.m. March 24. Free, but attendees must sign up online. Cultured South, Lee + White, 1038 White St., Atlanta. 404-549-8314, atlantafermentationfest.com/tickets.

The Georgia Farmers Market Association is recognizing the end of Food Justice Week with a Local Low Country Boil Dinner. Look for fare from Kevin Mobley of Anna Bell’s Mac and Cheese and plant-based chef and nutritionist Chef Zu. Proceeds go to benefit the Just Food Market. The dinner will also have tiered pricing to ensure everyone can attend.7 p.m. March 24. B’s Cracklin BBQ, 2061 Main St. NW, Atlanta. gfma-local-low-country-boil.eventbrite.com.

Get a taste of Buford Highway in Inman Park for one night as Masterpiece chef Rui Liu teams up with BeetleCat chef-owner Ford Fry and executive chef Andrew Isabella for a mashup dinner. Look for dishes including lobster sliders, yumwoodsen mung bean noodle salad and umami popcorn alongside specialty cocktails. Tickets include food and two beverages.7-10 p.m. March 26. $55. BeetleCat, 299 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678-732-0360, eventbrite.com/e/mastercat-presented-by-lexus-tickets-57523289708

Remember chef Anthony Bourdain at 101 Steak chef Ron Eyester and partner Joey Ahn’s tribute dinner. The five-course meal inspired by Bourdain’s cooking and culinary travels include hors d’oeuvres, and dishes including steak tartare, Bear Creek cote de boeuf, Basque-style whole roasted fish and Heritage Farms Suckling Pig. Wine pairings for each course are included.7 p.m. March 28. $101. 101 Steak, 3621 Vinings Slope SE, Atlanta. 770-805-8855, 101steakatl.com.

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