If you’d like to get outside and explore all that Atlanta has to offer, you couldn’t pick a better month than May. Spring festivals and farmers’ markets are in full swing, and the weekends are packed with delicious events. Check these out for a start:
Pick'n in the Park BBQ and Music Festival
Friday & SATURday, May 6-7 | Grant Park
Visit this festival in Historic Grant Park to enjoy barbecue and brews from local vendors accompanied by an impressive lineup of rock and blues bands. Cooks can sign up to compete in teams against some of the strongest BBQ talent in the city. The contest will end on Saturday afternoon, with all competitors delivering takes on BBQ ribs, chicken, and pork while lucky festival-goers will get the chance to taste the results. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Grant Park Conservancy, which helps to maintain and expand the usability of Grant Park, the oldest and fourth-largest park in the city. Find out more here: Pick'n in the Park.
Food that rocks
Saturday, May 14th | Hammond Park
Presented by Taste of Atlanta, this inaugural event will bring together chefs, mixologists, and rocking local bands under the big tent at Hammond Park. Attendees will enjoy food from over twenty notable Sandy Springs restaurants and pubs, including Three Sheets, Cibo e Beve, Food 101, Bishoku, and 5 Seasons Brewing. Proceeds will support the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Ian’s Friends Foundation for pediatric brain tumor research, and Second Helpings Atlanta, which rescues surplus food and delivers it to those in need. Celebrate the local culinary scene, party for a good cause, and help launch a new Metro Atlanta tradition. Find tickets here: Food that Rocks.
Sunday, May 15 | Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails
May 15 marks the beginning of the seasonal Garden Dinner series at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. Presented by Chef Derek Dollar, each event in this series offers a reception with hors d’oeuvres and libations followed by a four-course seated dinner with wine. Operating out of a 150-year-old farmhouse, Milton’s is known for a modern take on Southern cuisine that features locally sourced ingredients (some from their own garden). Guests will have a chance to tour the garden acre and enjoy the charming atmosphere outdoors. Make your reservations here: May Garden Dinner.
Picnic in the Park
SUnday, May 22 | Historic Fourth Ward Park
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon picnic to support Wholesome Wave Georgia. WWG improves access to healthy, locally-grown food by doubling food stamp dollars at sustainable, producer-only farmers markets. In Historic Fourth Ward Park, just west of the BeltLine, guests will enjoy picnic baskets full of food from several noteworthy Atlanta chefs, including Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, Terry Koval of Wrecking Bar, and Todd Ginsberg of The General Muir. If you join in and spread out a blanket, you’ll find that top-tier dining doesn’t require tables. Besides the delicious lunch, WWG will provide beer and wine, live music, games, and dancing. Show your support here: Picnic in the Park.
Hired Guns series with chef brian baxter
SUNday & Monday, May 22-23 | Gunshow
Gunshow offers a unique approach to dining, featuring a parade of gourmet dishes on trays, that has earned the restaurant and Chef Kevin Gillespie critical acclaim in Atlanta. Their “Hired Guns” series brings in chefs from around the nation to collaborate on special dinners and share their stories with guests. Next up on the roster is Chef Brian Baxter of Nashville’s Husk. Forbes Magazine recently honored Baxter in their Food & Drink 30 Under 30 list for his creative, locally sourced Southern cooking. This ticketed dinner event will only run for two nights. Make your reservations here: Hired Guns with Chef Brian Baxter.
The Ultimate Guy's Night Out
Thursday, May 26th | McCray's West Village Tavern
This tasting at McCray’s Tavern in Smyrna should appeal to all bourbon and stout aficionados (guys or otherwise). Alongside the small plate dishes, McCray’s will present flights of Four Roses Bourbon (Single Barrel, Small Batch, and Yellow) and the highly sought after Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Based in Kentucky, Four Roses combines two mash recipes with five yeast strains to produce ten handcrafted bourbons. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is known for its darkness and depth. Take the opportunity to relax and give these drinks the time and attention they deserve. Find tickets here: The Ultimate Guy's Night Out.
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