Eleven must-attend metro Atlanta food and drink events for August 2019

Chicken wings from Bhojanic at the Southern Wing Showdown.
Chicken wings from Bhojanic at the Southern Wing Showdown.

Credit: Cliff Robinson Photography

Credit: Cliff Robinson Photography

Spend the thick of summer celebrating female brewers, eating tacos and margaritas, trying 30 kinds of wings and more.

Raise a glass to female brewers

Celebrate female brewers at downtown Atlanta’s second Dames and Dregs Beer + Festival. The event offer panels on topics including business culture and community activism, and features live music, a gaming area and art and food vendors. More than 40 breweries from across the country will serve samples of several of their beers.

1-6 p.m. Aug. 10. $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP. 75 MLK Jr Drive SW, Atlanta, damesanddregs.com/

Pair vermouth with your meal

Indulge in a vermouth dinner at The Shed at Glenwood. Mhairi Voelgsen, founder of broVo Spirit and master mixologist, will guide guests through a four-course dinner with drink pairings. The menu includes pan-seared scallops paired with broVo’s “Witty,” braised pork ravioli and vermouth snowcones.

6 p.m. Aug. 10. $60. 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE, Atlanta. 404-835-4363, theshedatglenwood.com/vermouth-dinner.html/

Get a taste of Florida

Diners will have a chance to experience the flavors of Northwest Florida when Atlanta’s top restaurants host award-winning South Walton chefs. Chefs Jim Richard, Dan Vargo and Gregg Smith will each prepare an off-menu special for Canoe, Arnette’s Chop Shop and KR Steakbar. Guests can make reservations by visiting the restaurants’ websites.

5-10 p.m. Aug. 15. Various locations. https://on-ajc.com/2Yrq1yD

Get personal with pesto

Meet Leslie Lennox, founder of artisan sauce company Hope’s Gardens at one of several Atlanta stops on her “PESTO: The Modern Mother Sauce” book tour. Events include author demos, book signings and demonstrations of Lennox’s variations on pesto and inventive pesto-based dishes at places including Holeman & Finch Public House and The Cook’s Warehouse.

Aug. 15-18. Various locations. hopesgardenspesto.com/events/

Check out some coffee creations

This year marks the third annual U.S. CoffeeChamps Preliminaries, and East Pole Coffee Co. will be hosting the Barista & Brewers Cup. Brewers and baristas from across the region will compete for a chance to proceed to the national level. The shop will be open as usual, and the competition will be free for attendees to watch.

9-5 p.m., Aug. 17-18. 255 Ottley Drive, Atlanta. https://on-ajc.com/2Yg2xwS

Barbecue, brews and bands

Chow down on some barbecue from local restaurants while listening to live music and enjoying beer at the 19th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival, being held at a new venue this year.

1-9 p.m. Aug. 10. Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur. decaturbbqfestival.com/

Discover takes on pimento cheese from Atlanta’s top chefs at Tillamook’s Melty Fest. Guests can try wontons from Howard and Anita Hsu of Sweet Auburn BBQ, cannoli with pepper jelly from Joey Ward, cheesecake from Ron Hsu and more. Proceeds will be donated to the Betty Hsu Cancer Fund and Get Comfortable Fund from Creature Comforts Brewing.

6-9:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $25. 656 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta. eventbrite.com/e/tillamook-presents-a-celebration-of-pimento-cheese-tickets-66065021257?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

Taco bout a fun time

Enjoy food and drink specials at Midtown’s best bars and restaurants at the Atlanta Tacos & Margs Crawl. Participating venues include City Tap Atlanta, Takorea, MidiCi, Taco Mac and more. Venues will have live entertainment and professional photography, and guests can download the event’s app to win giveaways. VIP tickets include early entry, access to an unlimited taco bar for an hour and margarita tastings.

Noon. Aug. 24. $19.99 for general admission and $49.99 for VIP. 848 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. barcrawlnation.com/atlanta

Scream for ice cream

Sample ice cream created by local chefs and amateurs at Slow Food for Thought’s 13th Annual Ice Cream Social. The flavors will feature seasonal ingredients grown by local farmers from the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Remember to bring your own spoon!

1-2:30 p.m., Aug. 24. $20 for adults or $25 at the door and $5 for children and $10 at the door. 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. slowfoodatlanta.org/icecreamsocial/

Wings and things

The Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown returns for its fourth year, 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.

2-5 p.m. Aug. 25. General admission tickets are $55, VIP tickets are $65 and include entry at 1 p.m. 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW, Atlanta. southernwingshowdown.com/

Get a taste of soul

Celebrate soul and Southern food at the Atlanta Taste of Soul Festival. The event, which is free to attend, offers live music, art and kids’ events. Guests can purchase tickets for private events within the festival, including concerts, art shows and wine tasting parties.

Aug. 30-Sept. 1. 10 Northside Drive & North MLK Jr. Drive, Atlanta. Entry is free but tickets are required for some events. tasteofsoulatlanta.com/

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