What to expect at this year’s Taste of Atlanta


Food and drink experiences on the schedule this year:

1:15 p.m. Oct. 26 — “Kitchen Ink” with chef Joe Shafer of King + Duke and mixologist Arianne Fielder of Article 14, who show off their culinary body art, and give a taste of their cooking and bartending skills.

2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 — “Great Grains” with chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, plus Dr. Arvin Singh and dietitian Meagan Moyer of Emory Healthcare teaming up to taste and talk about ancient grains, such as quinoa, farro and spelt.

3 p.m. Oct. 27 — “Kale and Ale” with chef Drew van Leuvan of Seven Lamps and chef Terry Koval of Wrecking Bar Brewpub, who celebrate the super veggie of the moment and show why kale and beer are a classic pairing.

4 p.m. Oct. 27 — “G-Free Goodies” with chef Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy and Jennifer Harris of Examiner.com on getting friendly with gluten-free cooking and tasty takes on your favorite dishes.


“Atlanta’s Taste Revival: Local Chefs, Smokin’ Jams” evening block party. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 25. $70 advance/$130 gate general admission; $95 advance/$150 gate VIP admission.

Taste of Atlanta. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 26-27. $30 advance/ $40 gate general admission; $75 advance/ $85 gate VIP admission. Tech Square at Spring Street and Fifth Street, Atlanta. www.tasteofatlanta.com.

Now in its 12th year, Taste of Atlanta has become a perennial favorite fall food event. More than 90 metro Atlanta restaurants will offer samples at Tech Square on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, including Fox Bros., King + Duke, Lure, the Optimist, Seed Kitchen and Bar, the Spence and Watershed.

Kicking off the festivities on Oct. 25, “Atlanta’s Taste Revival: Local Chefs, Smokin’ Jams” is an evening block party featuring host Ron Eyester and a crew of chefs, including Ford Fry, Shaun Doty, Kevin Gillespie, Eddie Hernandez, Kevin Rathbun and Steven Satterfield. They will serve up dishes inspired by their favorite bands, musicians and songs.

“It will be an all-out block party celebrating food and music,” said Taste of Atlanta founder Dale DeSena. “The reason we chose that theme was because it’s about creating memories. Everyone has a favorite memory of something you were eating or a song that was playing. We want Taste of Atlanta to epitomize great memories.”

New this year, the Sound Bites Music Stage continues the food and music theme. On Oct. 26, the ATL Collective performs David Bowie’s greatest hits with three sets chronicling Bowie’s early, middle and late period music. On Oct. 27, PleaseRock’s Harmonic Gastronomy plays three sets ranging from acoustic to blues to pop.

Returning, the popular Barcraft Competition brings together Atlanta’s top bartenders to compete for the title of Taste of Atlanta’s Best Bartender in a contest sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. And the Big Green Egg Grilling Experience is back with chef demonstrations throughout each day.

Inside the Food Studio is a classroom and tasting tent where chefs offer inside glimpses of the current culinary scene, along with food and beverage pairings. The Kitchen Workshop is a hands-on cooking experience limited to 40 people in each session. And the Family Food Zone Cooking Stage offers educational demos and cooking lessons aimed at kids.

“After 12 years, Taste of Atlanta is back and better than ever,” DeSena said. “It’s another full-on eating weekend, where people can explore some of Atlanta’s best restaurants.”