Atlanta Food & Wine Festival!

This past weekend my mother and I attended the second annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Last year my brother, Chef Nathan Lippy, was a headliner and we had so much fun that we just had to double back. It was a weekend full of southern goodness, great cooking tips and charming company. My next several posts will be about different aspects of the weekend including some reviews of local Atlanta restaurants we visited while in town…

For now I will give you a visual snack of some of our highlights.

We started off the weekend with a toast of Champagne and Bourbon. It was dee-licious!

The view of midtown Atlanta from our room at the Loew’s was amazing!

The weekend centered around southern dishes, organic and sustainable produce and amazing flavors! These greens were picked on the morning we ate them. The fresh flavor was incredible.

The feel of the festival and midtown Atlanta was rustic and lively. I loved the upscale flavors and down home look of the whole weekend.

We enjoyed a Pig Out BBQ at JCTs downtown. It was right on this old country railroad track which totally reminds me of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.

Chris Lilly and Chef Ford Fry rocked the BBQ at JCTs. 

The decor was rustic and lovely.

One of the highlights of the weekend were the tasting tents.

Here are three of my favourite dishes of the weekend.

BBQ Taco and grilled corn from Jim&Nick’s with a Pineapple/Habenero Patron Margarita.

La Bonne Vie Cheeses had an amazing treat of Goat cheese, cinnamon, pecans and dried cranberries. Mmmm soo sweet and tasty.

The best class by far was with the Van Aken Family.

Chefs Norman, Justin and Janet showed us an amazing Mojo grilled Red Snapper recipe. It was the most delicious thing I tasted all weekend.

As far as drinks go the two highlights for me were…

The Madeira wine tasting. OMG if you’ve never tasted Madeira, you simple MUST! It is one of the most fantastic flavours I’ve ever experienced.

The best cocktail by far was at the Cocktail Showdown. I had Cucumber Gin with Elderflower and Cucumber infused Simple Syrup and an Elderberry garnish. Mmm. So fresh and light.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend. Can’t wait for next year!

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