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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann


Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card Member Presale Begins March 16, Early Bird Tickets March 23 and General Ticket Pricing March 30

Celebrating its milestone 10th anniversary this year, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will spotlight the successes of the past decade and bring attendees back to their roots for a weekend filled with Southern culinary delights. From May 28-31, the 2020 iteration of the Festival produced by Elizabeth Feichter in conjunction with Agency 21 Consulting will highlight the traditions and defining cultures that laid the groundwork for the region’s cuisine as we know it today, while simultaneously showcasing the innovation coming out of modern Southern kitchens – the trends, fusions, and next generation of talent. The Festival will also pay homage to the talent that have been supporters and family over the last 10 years. Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will stay true to its origins, offering attendees from across the country a unique opportunity to come together to enjoy the dishes and spirits of the Southeast through immersive Learning Experiences, epic Tasting Tents, and curated dinners and events. Celebrate alongside the region’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from Texas to Washington D.C. The festival is welcoming some amazing new talent this year, including 2020 James Beard Foundation Semifinalists Chris Wilkins (Root Baking Co. in GA) and Ron Hsu (Lazy Betty in GA), and many others including Sara Bradley (KY), Brad Deboy (DC), Paul Taylor (DC), Matt Tunstall (SC), Brian Noyes (VA). Returning founding talent, who have been instrumental longstanding supporters of the festival, includes Neal Bodenheimer (LA), Todd Thrasher (DC), Eric Crane, CWE (GA), Kevin Ouzts (GA), Chris Lilly (AL), Matt Lee and Ted Lee (SC), Mark Abernathy (AR), Todd Richards (GA), Miles Macquarrie (GA), Steven Satterfield (GA), and David Guas (VA). “Ten years is quite a landmark year for us. We want to honor and include themes from previous years while also looking forward to the culinary trends of the future. As always, we love to explore new flavors, dishes, and ingredients from unexpected places across the region, and this year will be no different,” said Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Co-Founder Elizabeth Feichter. “This year’s celebration offers a refreshed structure for the Festival itself, shifting away from an Advisory Council and offering even more ways for all talent to contribute and be celebrated than ever before.” Atlanta Food & Wine Festival prides itself on having an extensive weekend of programming and events where guests can eat, drink and explore the South’s rich culinary traditions from the best talent in the Southeast.  Below are a select few of the salivating offerings attendees can choose from in 2020 when tickets go on sale next month: Learning Experiences Between talent-led classes and an extensive roster of learning seminars throughout the weekend, guests will have 58 different opportunities to receive hands-on instruction, participate in panel discussions and sip and savor tastings from the region’s top talent. From unexpected pairings to new techniques, the spectrum of topics encourages guests to explore new sides of their palates – and offer endless opportunities for Instagram-worthy enjoyment and entertaining – including something for everyone’s palate. For a list of initial talent joining the Festival in 2020 visit: Tasting Tents The indulgent all-inclusive Tasting Tents take guests on a delicious journey through the South’s finest flavors, up-and-coming destinations and most memorable brands. In 2020, the Tasting Tents, presented by PNC Bank, are back at Atlanta’s popular Old 4th Ward Park! AF&WF invites guests to indulge and engage as they Eat, Drink, and Explore their way through the South! Dinners & Events Whether it’s an intimate themed dinner or an extravagant bash, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival knows how to celebrate in true Southern style – and demonstrate the finer elements of Southern hospitality. Kicking off with their signature Destination Delicious event presented by the Local Palate on Thursday evening, the weekend will offer exploratory and interactive tasting events from Friday Lunch all the way to Sunday Brunch. Highlights this year include the continuation of the Connoisseur Dinner series, intimate highly curated experiences, and the launch of an all new Collaborator Dinner Series, hosted at various restaurants around town. Through customizable ticket packages, culinary aficionados can personalize their Atlanta Food & Wine Festival experience by joining us for a few hours, a day or even the full weekend. Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card Members can enjoy exclusive presale access for the 2020 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and will receive 15% off on all presale tickets and packages. The Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card Member Presale will take place Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22, 2020. Early bird tickets go on sale Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. General Festival on-sale begins Monday, March 30, 2020. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Offer is fulfilled by Atlanta Food & Wine Festival subject to availability and may be changed or revoked at any time. Interviews and Festival photography are available upon request. About Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Launched in 2010, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a four-day culinary experience dedicated to shining an international spotlight on the rich food and beverage traditions of the South from Texas to the District of Columbia.  The Festival also celebrates the flavors of other Southern regions around the globe including Southern Europe, South Africa, South America, Southern Hemisphere (Australia and New Zealand) and our Southern neighbors in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Caribbean. The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a member of the IWSC Group North America’s portfolio of events.  Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns to Midtown Atlanta Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31, 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Follow Atlanta Food & Wine Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter #KnowTheSouth #AFWF20 About Agency 21 Consulting: Agency 21 Consulting is a dynamic, full-service events and marketing agency, specializing in event production and management, corporate sales and fulfillment, brand activations and experiences. Founded in 2006, the agency is headquartered in Miami with offices in New York, Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas. Agency 21’s portfolio includes nationally recognized culinary events and festivals across the country ranging from Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach & New York Wine & Food Festivals, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Cochon555/ Heritage Fire Tour, Nirvana Food & Wine Festival, Whiskies of the World Tour, and more.


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