Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Returns

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The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns for its second year next week, featuring four days of tasting and toasting to all things southern.

From Thursday, May 10th through Sunday, May 13th, Midtown Atlanta will host hundreds of food fans, chefs and wine and spirits experts. The South’s food and beverage traditions will be celebrated with educational seminars, walk around tastings and dinners hosted by award-winning regional chefs.

The main draw of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is inside the tasting tents, where guests will enjoy a culinary exploration of the South. Themed tasting trails include Bourbon, craft beer, seafood, whole pig, favorites from other Southern regions around the globe and more.

There are three sessions at the tasting tents: Friday, May 11th from 3pm to 6pm; Saturday, May 12th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm; and Sunday, May 13th from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Each day will feature a different group of chefs. The tasting tents are located at 11th Street & Peachtree Walk.

During the festival there will be learning experiences that include cooking and cocktail demonstrations, food and beverage tasting seminars and panel discussions. Click here to see the descriptions and times of the learning experiences.

Tickets start at $100 for one afternoon in the tasting tents, or $180 for a day pass which gets you access to the tasting tents plus three learning experiences. Three-day passes and connoisseur passes start at $500 and $700 respectively. Tickets to dinners may be purchased a la carte. Events may sell out so purchase your tickets ahead of time online. Only tickets to the tasting tents (if available) may be purchased at the festival’s welcome center.

The Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown is the official host hotel for the festival. Attendees can get a discounted rate of $179 per night for a superior room and $299 a night for a suite. To book a room call the Loews Atlanta Hotel at (888) 563-9736. Mention the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival room block or use the group promotion code: AFWM10.

For more information on the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and to purchase tickets visit

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, May 10 – 13, 2012 in Midtown Atlanta.

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