Taste of Atlanta 2013

 

Taste of Atlanta is now in its 12th year. What makes it the can’t miss event of the fall? The Amateur Gastronomer found out.

“This day is all about food,” said Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud, The Family Dog and Timone’s. “I think Taste of Atlanta gives people the opportunity to kind of get hyped up about food.”

More than 100 restaurants participated in the three day festival that showcased the city’s vibrant dining scene. It truly was the “food lover’s food experience” — attendees could sample just about any cuisine, from international favorites like Italian, Indian and Japanese to Southern staples like fried chicken and barbecue.

“We’ve just found that this time of year, meat’s pretty popular,” said Matt Coggin of D.B.A. Barbecue. “Why have lentil soup when you can have meat on a stick?”

For festival attendees, Taste of Atlanta offered the chance to interact with the people who source, create and serve the food.

“We love doing the event because it definitely brings people throughout – not just from intown neighborhoods,” said Coggin. “It’s always a great event, we always make new friends.”

“It’s great seeing regular people get excited about food,” said Eyester.

Taste of Atlanta offered education too. Those who were less familiar with the ‘eat local’ movement were able to experience it and understand the importance of it. And at seminars and cooking demonstrations attendees learned new techniques and recipes.

Most of all, Taste of Atlanta showcased just how exceptional the city’s restaurants are.

“I welcome the opportunity to create an awareness about what restaurants in Atlanta are doing and how our dining scene in Atlanta is getting progressively better year after year,” said Eyester.

“Eat out every night!”

Related: Snapshots from Atlanta’s Taste Revival