Flowers are blooming, and so is Atlanta’s culinary scene. There’s no denying it: festival season has arrived. Get some sun and a taste of the city with these food and drink events in April.
Saturday, April 2 | Atlanta Beltline's Eastside trail
Head to the Beltline near Inman Park and Historic Fourth Ward for a low country boil cook-off. Great chefs from local restaurants including Ladybird, Madre & Mason, Tapa Tapa, and Venkman’s will compete to deliver the tastiest and most original take on this classic Southern seafood dish. The winner will take home $5,000 for the charity of their choice, and attendees will enjoy the show along with live music from local bands and good eats from festival vendors. The weather this weekend should be beautiful—there’s no better time to get out to the Beltline and celebrate Atlanta talent. You can choose from competition tasting and admission-only tickets here: The Beltline Boil.
Smoke & Glory
SunDAY, APRIL 3rd | Steinbecks Ale House
Hosted by Pine Street Market and Steinbeck’s Ale House, this beef brisket cook-off is back for its third year running. The competition is as fierce as ever: an all-star lineup of Atlanta chefs from amazing restaurants including Rathbun's, Bocca Lupo, Kimball House, Rising Son, St. Cecilia, General Muir, and Holeman & Finch. Everyone must smoke the beef, but beyond that, chefs have free rein to show off their skills. You’ll get tastes of every dish and craft beer from top local breweries. All proceeds will benefit The Giving Kitchen and the Ovarian Cancer Research fund. Ordinary tickets to this event are sold out, so don’t miss the chance to purchase VIP tickets here: Smoke & Glory 2016.
Hogs & Hops
SATURDAY, APRIL 16th | Historic Fourth Ward Park
Pig out on barbecue and brews at this event hosted by Atlanta Beer Festivals. Local joints will provide awesome Southern barbecue and sides—last year’s offerings included Sweet Auburn BBQ and The Smoke Ring—and you’ll get to choose from a selection of over fifty beers, many of which come from Georgia breweries like Monday Night, Red Hare, Jailhouse, and Reformation. Party rock band The Geeks will provide a soundtrack to the afternoon. Find tickets here: Hogs and Hops 2016.
SATURDAY, APRIl 16th | Historic Grant Park
This food truck extravaganza will gather Atlanta’s top food vendors together in Grant Park. Over thirty trucks will be there, offering up small plates as well as normal-sized portions, so attendees can taste a variety of dishes from cuisines as diverse as Atlanta itself. Look forward to showings from Viet-Nomie, Bollywood Zing, Mix’d Up Burgers, One Love, Mac the Cheese Truck, and more. The food will be accompanied by beer, cocktails, live music, and an arts and crafts market that shows off talent from the local area. Celebrate Atlanta’s present in a historic park! Find general admission and VIP tickets here: Food-O-Rama.
Pig Out for a Purpose with Jim 'n Nick's
SUNday, April 17th | Monday Night Brewing
Jim ’n Nick’s Bar-B-Q is hosting a benefit dinner for The Giving Kitchen, an organization that provides emergency assistance to Atlanta area restaurant workers facing crises. A significant donation will earn you tickets to an unforgettable evening of Southern barbecue, craft beer from Monday Night Brewing, Four Roses Bourbon specialty cocktails, and live music. Contribute for a ticket here: Pig Out for a Purpose.
Cork & Pork
Sunday, April 17th | Vino Vines
Overwhelmed by barbecue yet? If you love pulled pork and baby back ribs but would rather relax with a Cabernet than an IPA, we have you covered. Head into North Atlanta for a walk-around tasting from Chef Jordan Wakefield of Smoke Ring and Executive Chef Daniel Rivers of Vino Venue. Chef Wakefield will deliver a variety of classic barbecue dishes and sauces, while Chef Rivers will provide complimentary wines, craft beers, and sides (including a tater tots station). General admission includes unlimited food and drink tastings, so take advantage of Vino Venue’s excellent beverage selection and find the perfect bottle or six-pack for the spring season. Purchase tickets here: Afternoon Session / Evening Session.
Taste of Marietta
SUNday, April 24th | Marietta Square
It’s worth it to venture outside the Perimeter for this annual festival in Marietta Square. Over 75 restaurants and vendors will offer up bites of their best dishes, celebrity chefs will demonstrate cooking techniques onstage, and live music will keep the celebration going all day. You can look forward to tastes from Chicken and the Egg, Seed Café and Bar, Taqueria Tsunami, Australian Bakery Café, and many more great places. No tickets are necessary, but tastes will range from $1 to $5, so make sure to stock up on cash. Find out more here: Taste of Marietta.
Writer Bio: Joan Bedinger writes for CulinaryLocal, a curated ticketing platform for food and drink events in Atlanta. CulinaryLocal is the leading marketplace and ticketing platform for food and beverage events. Find cooking classes, beverage tastings, food tours, and more in the CulinaryLocal marketplace here: CulinaryLocal Events.
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