Chicken wings from more than 30 chefs will be available at the Southern Wing Showdown.
Photo: Taste of Atlanta
Photo: Taste of Atlanta

These are the top August 2018 metro Atlanta food and drink events

Chow down on wings, find out how chocolate is made and more

There are tons of events for food and drink lovers this month, with everything from a wing showdown to a chance to go behind the chocolate curtain.

When it comes to making plans, this is one time you can feel OK winging it. The third annual Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown, produced by Taste of Atlanta, features wings prepared by more than 30 Southeastern chefs, including Jared Hall of One Flew South, Marc Taft of the Chicken and the Egg, and Christian Perez of City Pharmacy. Chefs will battle it out to win the “Best Wing” competition, judged by festivalgoers and a panel of wing aficionados. Also look for cocktail samples, side dishes, wine, beer, a silent auction and live music. Nonprofit beneficiaries for the event include Angel Flight and Second Helpings Atlanta.

2-5 p.m. Aug. 5. VIP tickets are $65, $70 at the door; general admission tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the door. The Fairmont, 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW, Atlanta.

Find out what happens when cultures collide at the Culture Vulture Beer Dinner, which will see five courses from Korean-influenced steakhouse Noona paired with beers from neighboring Good Word Brewing, specially brewed for the event.

6 p.m. Aug. 9. $78 including tax and gratuity. Noona Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, 3550 W. Lawrenceville St., Duluth.

Raise a glass to the second annual Atlanta Summer Wine Fest, featuring pours of more than 50 wines, as well as a selection of beer and cider. The event also features live music and a DJ, and food willbe available for purchase. 
Noon-4 p.m. or 6-10 p.m. Aug. 11. $50 after Aug. 2, $60 at the door. City Winery, 650 North Ave. NE, Atlanta.

Cool down this month with Slow Food Atlanta's 12th annual Ice Cream Social. The collaboration with the Peachtree Road Farmers Market allows event attendees to vote on samples of ice cream made by both amateurs and metro Atlanta chefs from restaurants including Watershed, Leon's Full Service and Recess, all partnering with local farmers to use locally-grown ingredients. Proceeds support the Peachtree Road Farmers Market and Slow Food Atlanta.
1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 11. $20 for adults and $5 for children 5 and older in advance; $25 for adults and $10 for children at the door. Free admission for children 4 and younger. Child Hall at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.

Chow down on chiles for a good cause during the annual Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Taqueria del Sol Hatch Chile Fest. The block party-style event, also featuring Charleston’s Home Team Barbecue, will celebrate the annual harvest of Hatch chiles from New Mexico with food stations, local beer available for purchase and live music. Proceeds benefit pediatric brain cancer outreach organization Hogs for the Cause.

4-8 p.m. Aug. 26. $30. Taqueria del Sol, 1200 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta.

Learn how your favorite candy is made as part of the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s Back of the Chocolate Shop event. Taste different types of chocolate as you learn how to incorporate chocolate into a variety of confections. Walk through the steps of making sipping chocolate, chocolate ganache truffles, homemade Oreos and chocolate fondue.

7-9 p.m. Aug. 27. $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.

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