A DELICIOUSLY SOUTHERN WEEKEND!Full Website + Early Bird Tickets Go On Sale March 15, 2019
Make it a (full) delicious day by choosing between our Friday or Saturday Day Pass.
Each day kicks off with hands-on instruction, participation in panel discussions and the chance to sip and savor tastings from the region’s top talent. Guests will have over 50 opportunities throughout the weekend to delight in these exciting learning experiences.
On Friday, guests will attend lunch on the Loews Terrace and then either a two-hour long immersive Master Studio or two, 60 minute learning experiences, followed by an evening Tasting Tent session. On Saturday, guests can choose three, 60 minute learning sessions and then fill their bellies at the evening Tasting Tent session.
If you find yourself wanting more, choose between our multi-day passes, offering guests a chance for two or four days of incredible experiences as they eat, drink and explore their way through the South! Our 2-Day passes are bundled Friday and Saturday Day passes at a discount and our Weekend Passes include Destination Delicious on Thursday evening and our Sunday Brunch followed by even more to explore at the Tasting Tents!
Designed for the serious food, beverage and hospitality lover, the Connoisseur experience allows guests to indulge in everything AF&WF has to offer including one-of-a-kind exclusive seminars and dinners as well as unlimited access to the Festival’s Connoisseur Lounge. Created by award-winning Atlanta designers, Gordon Dunning, the Connoisseur Lounge welcomes guests to socialize, eat, drink and interact one-on-one with festival talent and media. Day, 2-Day and Weekend packages are available.
Our indulgent all-inclusive Tasting Tents take guests on a delicious journey through the South’s finest flavors, up-and-coming destinations and most memorable brands. In 2019, the Tasting Tents, presented by PNC Bank, are moving to Atlanta’s popular Old 4th Ward Park! AF&WF invites guests to indulge and engage as they Eat, Drink, and Explore their way through the South!
THE FRIDAY FRONT ROW
Guests will have the opportunity on Friday to purchase a Programming Pass (choosing one Master Studio or two Learning Seminars) to receive hands-on instruction, participate in panel discussions, and sip and savor tastings from the region’s top talent. From unexpected pairings to new techniques, the spectrum of topics encourage guests to explore new sides of their palates and offer endless opportunities for instagramable enjoyment and entertainment – including something new for everyone.
CONNOISSEUR DINNER SERIES
Designed to entertain, educate and wow our guests, the Connoisseur Dinner Series gives guests up-close access to award-winning talent while delving deep into Southern food and drink traditions. Intimate and immersive, each dinner focuses on a key theme and is hosted at a unique venue to make the experience all the more memorable.
Presented by The Local Palate
Kick off the weekend by joining AF&WF’s talent on the ultimate road trip through the South. Enjoy bites and libations from each Southern state under the lights as this year’s road trip takes a detour to a Southern Night Market. With live music, the evening will highlight street food and late night bites from cuisines that have helped shape Southern Culinary culture.
POWERFUL & DELICIOUS
HEART & HERITAGE:
home is where the heart is
Southern cuisine is more than the traditional, more than generational history, and definitely more than shrimp and grits. Really, Southern Cuisine, and even defining yourself as Southern, comes from the heart, and there is no one specific background that has to define that. Today, Southern cuisine comes in all shapes and forms as the South becomes a melting pot of talent, culture and ethnicities. Celebrating Southern talent who play a role in this merge of flavors and are re-writing what Southern cuisine looks – and tastes – like today, this year’s showcase of female talent in the industry will shine a spotlight on diversity and the unique backgrounds of Southern chefs who are creating their own definition of restaurant culture and breaking the barriers to success. They’ll each tell the story of their journey and feature a dish inspired by their own cultural background, paired with wines chosen by a female sommelier and cocktails shaken up by a female mixologist.
There is no better way to wrap up a weekend of eating and drinking than with a Southern-Style Brunch. Sip, Savor and soak up the last of the weekend on the Terrace, with dishes created by Southern Brunch and Breakfast experts.
Friday Lunch: Summer Sizzle
Even for those with palates suitable for the heat, we all need something to cool off with. With the help of cold libations, boozy brews and refreshing day wines, explore the levels of heat (from easy going to full throttle) through bites created by the South’s best chefs. When handled with care, even the most intimidating of flavors can be unexpectedly approachable and delicious. From novice to fire dancer, guests will have the opportunity to stay in their comfort level, or work their way up the ladder.