Deemed “PhD-level programming for the food and drink lover” by media and industry leaders, the Festival’s Learning Experiences are created by our esteemed Advisory Council to educate and entertain guests.  Learning experiences range in size from 30 – 140 people and include cooking and cocktail demonstrations, technique laboratories, pairing sessions, tasting seminars and panel discussions.


Technique Classes

Grilling Classes

Tasting Seminars


Not the Typical Festival Tasting Experience!

The Festival Tasting Tents are a 3-hour curated tasting experience with themed tents, live music and the best flavors of the South. Unlike many festival tasting experiences, there is only one fee for entry into the tents.  Once inside guests have access to food and beverage samples at no additional charge.  There are approximately 120 food and beverage tables in the tents, a variety of sponsor activation areas, and a Southern Marketplace to purchase regional goods.

Master Studios


The New Way to Workshop presented by Southern Living

Our new Master Studio program replaces the traditional Friday class schedule with 2-hour, immersive and hands-on studios that dig deep into the international influences that have shaped and continue to shape our region's cuisine; take fire and sustainability to a new level on the grill; explore the relationship between cocktails and music; and journey around the globe to our favorite wine regions. Studio attendees with share their knowledge and interact with other guests during a special after-studio cocktail party.


Exceptional Dining Experiences!

We take the notion of great dining experiences to new heights by infusing our dinners with history, stories, trend and a lot of personality and then hosting them in unique venues from gorgeous private homes to edgy recording studios. These one-of-a-kind, intimate experiences are included with Connoisseur passes with some available for individual purchase.


The Fun and Great Flavors Don't Stop!

Destination Delicious.

Beat the Heat.

Ingredients of Taste.

Brew-zy Brunch.

AF&WF's events are another delicious and entertaining way to experience the South's top epicurean talent and destinations and to #KnowTheSouth.