8 must-do May food and drink events in metro Atlanta

Sake dinner at Nakato Japanese Restaurant / Photo courtesy of Nakato


Melanie Wade holds a bottle of Golda Kombucha / Contributed by Golda Kombucha

Fun with fermentation

Cultured South, the new kobucha taproom from Golda Kombucha founder Melanie Wade , will open with a bang with the second installment of Fermentation Fest. Look for fermented products from two dozen local and regional producers, educational science demonstrations, seasonal kombucha on tap, kombucha mocktails and live music. Fermentation pros are encouraged to bring their own cultures  for a “culture swap,” and guests can get samples from food truck and “mobile wellness cafe” Alkaline Junkie, as well as other fermented foods and drinks including chocolate, coffee, vegan cheeses, beer, cider, honey and sourdough crackers and breads.

Proceeds from the fest will be donated to Community Farmers Markets, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote a diverse local food culture.

Noon-6 p.m. May 20. General admission tickets are available for $10 online (kids under 15 may attend for free with an adult). Libation Glass Passes can be purchased for $15 and include a souvenir ATLFF tasting glass and five tasting tickets redeemable from any beverage exhibitor at the festival. Cultured South, 1038 White St. SW, Atlanta. eventbrite.com/e/atlanta-fermentation-fest-tickets-44614008701


Explore Atlanta's bounty

Learn about the 20 varieties of fruit growing in Atlanta during Concrete Jungle's Spectacular Fruit Ramble. The event will kick off by exploring fruit trees by foot or bike, followed by a fruit-themed carnival featuring food and local-fruit cocktails. Proceeds will benefit Concrete Jungle, an organization that donates harvested fresh fruits and vegetables to local food banks and shelters.

3:30-9 p.m. May 20. Ration and Dram, 130 Arizona Ave. NE, Atlanta. theramble.eventzilla.net


Explore Atlanta’s diverse restaurant community

Second Self Beer Co. and artisan butcher shop Pine Street Market are teaming up to host Feed Diversity: Building a Bigger Table. The outdoor tasting event will feature Second Self beers and a pig roast and grilled chicken from chef Andre Gomez of Porch Light Latin Kitchen in collaboration with Riverview Farms, Springer Mountain Farms and Big Green Egg. There will also be bites from Hyatt Regency, King of Pops, Saltyard, the Shed at Glenwood, South of Heaven BBQ, Steinbeck’s Ale House, and Taiyo Ramen and coffee beverages from Refuge Coffee Co. Proceeds will benefit local refugee charities Global Growers and Friends of Refugees.

1-5 p.m. May 27. $28 per person for food only or $42 per person for food and three pints. Second Self Beer Co., 1317 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta. culinarylocal.com/event/feed-diversity-building-a-bigger-table.


Sip some sake

Become a sake expert at Nakato’s sake tasting class, led by the restaurant’s servers, who are also Certified Sake Advisors. Participants will be served a seven-course meal, with each course paired with a different sake. The nuances of each sake, as well as the reasonings for the pairings, will be discussed.

7 p.m. May 30. $120 per person. Nakato Japanese Restaurant, 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. 404-873-6582, nakatorestaurant.com. Email fatini@nakatorestaurant.com for reservations.


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