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Friday, June 3
 

2:30pm EDT

Toast
Limited Capacity seats available

Let us raise a glass to a weekend of good cheer
With food, wine, bourbon and craft beer
With eaters, drinkers and passionate Southern thinkers
Let us laugh, love and have good fun
With Midtown as our home under a lovely Spring sun
But most of all let only good flavors touch our lips as
we eat, drink, savor and sip

Join the Festival Founders, Advisory Council and the rest of the weekend's stars as we raise a glass to toast the start of the 2016 Festival. Cheers!


Friday June 3, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hote, Lobby

3:30pm EDT

A Bartender Stumbled into a Kitchen
Limited Capacity full

Join us for Part II of our wildly popular “A Chef Walked into a Bar” class from 2015. In this iteration, there is still no punchline, but we are staying true to the eye-opening, palate-pleasing collaboration of food and spirits. Participants will explore the melding of food and spirits from the two best sources - a chef and a bartender.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

BBQ & Seafood
Limited Capacity full

A juxtaposition of land and sea. Learn from the experts as BBQ Pitmaster, John Rivers provides tips on how to create the perfect spin on a Southern favorite, Shrimp & Grits using his award-winning brisket, while James Petrakis, an avid fisher, shares the many different profiles fish can assume including emulating hearty meat-centric offerings like charcuterie and terrine.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Brewing Basics
Limited Capacity seats available

In this tasting seminar, guests will be walked through the basics of beer-making. Beginning with an interactive tasting “tour" of each stage in the life of a brew, participants will then learn the art of pouring a Stella Artois, followed by a comparative pairing between the classic taste of a Stella and a variety of foods that will please every sweet, savory and spicy taste bud.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Chardonnay: Your Best Frenemy
Limited Capacity filling up

The seminar for the Regina George of Chardonnay enthusiasts. So you don’t like Chardonnay? Haters are always gonna hate. Chardonnay has gotten a bad rap recently, but it is definitely not the grape’s fault (bless its heart). We already know why you love to hate it, but this class will teach you to turn those feelings of Chardon-Nay to Chardon-Yay. And yes, there will be Champagne.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Cocktail Technique Lab: The History of Blended Drinks
Limited Capacity seats available


In 1936, inventor Fred Osius approached Fred Waring about helping him perfect his device to achieve a "disintegrating mix." And a short time later, Charles H. Baker Jr proclaimed, "I don't know Mr. Waring, but I sure like the song he sings." The biggest advancement in cocktail technique since putting two tins together has been the blender. Here we will look at the way blenders have shaped cocktails in the 20th century.



Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Culinary Cure: Perception of Taste
Limited Capacity filling up

In this tasting seminar, guests will taste and learn the disciplines that are relevant to what we eat, how we eat, and why we like what we eat. Believe it or not, the brain plays a big role in our perception of taste and how it can be manipulated. Participants will also learn how food can play a prominent role in medicine and treatment.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Dissecting a Distillery from A-Z
Limited Capacity seats available

B is for Bung and T is for Thief. Ever heard those terms? In this seminar, Nelson Brothers Charlie and Andy will guide guests on a tour through the world of distilling, giving participants the chance to taste their way from A-Z.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Early Drinks
Limited Capacity seats available

From pre-Columbian Tejate in Central and South America to the early drinks of the Colonies, some early American drinks were known for their industriousness and necessity. In this tasting seminar, guests will taste and learn why these drinks were so essential to life back when.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Migration of Ingredients
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the most enduring characteristics of food is its ability to adapt to new times and ingredients while still maintaining its connection to the traditional recipe. For example, peppers are not a vegetable native to Asia, yet they still play a large role in Asian cuisine. In this class, participants will delve deep into specific ingredients,
and learn how these ingredients diffused throughout the globe to immerse themselves in various cultures.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

New Zealand
Limited Capacity filling up

Premium. Sustainable. Diverse. Just some of the words used to describe the elegance and power of New Zealand wines. From an isolated, cool-climate island nation to communities throughout the world, these wines are constantly evolving under new research, expanding technology and ever-improving sustainability practices. In this seminar, guests will taste, explore, and learn about the uniqueness (and deliciousness!) of key varieties from a New Zealand native and wine expert.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Rice Through the South
Limited Capacity seats available

Rice, a traditional Southern staple, is found throughout the South. However, due to international influences that have shaped various Southern cuisines, each state has a different history, preparations and traditions of the simple grain. Join some recipe experts (all three James Beard nominees) on an epicurean journey through various Southern rice dishes.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Road Trip Series: Mississippi
Limited Capacity seats available

Mississippi cuisine defies categorization. And, in some cases, it defies imagination. From catfish to comeback sauce, from tamales to traditional Southern sweets, from shrimp to slugburgers to sweet potatoes, Mississippi's culinary heritage has food to please every palate. The state is home to James Beard award-winning chefs and noted national food writers, as well as some of the best home cooks and out-of-the way diners to be found anywhere. Join us in this seminar as we embark on a Road Trip to the great Magnolia State.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Southern Living Test Kitchen Secrets
Limited Capacity full

As to be expected, the kitchen behind Southern Living is busy everyday, with constant testing, editing, and perfecting thousands of recipes to make them approachable and delectable. Known as the "most trusted kitchen in the South," the Southern Living Test Kitchen has guided cooks for decades and, lucky us, has transported is itself to AF&WF to teach seminar participants how to incorporate tradition, technique, innovation and quality into the South's best dishes.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

3:30pm EDT

Whole Cow on the Grill
Limited Capacity seats available

We are back at it! But this year, we are going bigger than ever with a WHOLE beef from Brasstown Beef. During this grilling and butchery demonstration, participants will learn the techniques of beef butchery from sourcing, mechanics and utilization from the popular Porter Road Butchers. For those who missed the demonstration (or for those who experienced it but want more), the class will continue during the Friday Tasting Tents in the Live Fire Tailgate area.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Biscuits, Doughnuts & Bourbon
Limited Capacity full

For breakfast, lunch or dinner, a biscuit is always appropriate in the South… and when paired with Bourbon? You have an unbeatable combination. In this session, guests will have the full experience; explore the history of biscuits with a Biscuit Master, make doughnuts with a Pastry Queen, all while playing a drinking game. Perfect for the multi-tasker, this class will leave with you a wealth of knowledge, recipes, and appreciation for baking with bourbon.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Cocktail Technique Lab: Celebration of the '&' Drinks
Limited Capacity seats available

Seemingly simple cocktails, '&' drinks are much more influential than what meets the eye. Rum & Coke, Gin & Tonic, Bourbon & Ginger are all timeless favorites, and this seminar gives them and other highballs the celebration they deserve!


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Conscious Coupling: The Chemistry Between Food & Wine
Limited Capacity seats available

Sweet balances spicy, acid balances salt, wine balances food. This seminar is the Food and Wine 101 course that your alma mater didn’t offer. With a chef and a Master Sommelier as your professors, learn the classic guidelines to food and wine pairings (our favorite subject) in this interactive adventure through mirroring and matching food and wine flavor profiles.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

DIY Tito's
Limited Capacity filling up

We’re bringing back a 2015 favorite to help you upgrade your homemade vodka cocktail. Guests will learn the intricacies of DIY Vodka infusions and how to make use of them in this cocktail tasting and technique seminar. Master the art of do-it-yourself infusions with a variety of ingredients, and leave with recipes to enjoy at home. Also, it’s Tito’s, so need we say more?

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Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Looking for (Wine) Knowledge
Limited Capacity seats available

Wine 101. In this seminar, participants will go back to the basics and learn the fundamentals of understanding and appreciating wine. From spotting value on a wine list to confidently choose a wine for all occasions, guests can relax and let go of the pressure of the wine world to focus on enjoying the nitty-gritty basics of appreciating wine.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Modernizing Historic Recipes
Limited Capacity seats available

Just like your 70’s bellbottoms, if you hold on to something long enough it always comes back into style. Perfect for the cook who is always trying to push a new spin on an old recipe, this seminar focuses on the interpretation and modernization of the historic Chesapeake food ways recipes. In this tasting seminar, guests will explore the rebirth of old recipes, learn how to update ingredient’s for today’s palate, and learn how to get the most out of nature’s abundant offerings.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Nostalgic Foods with Wine
Limited Capacity seats available

Think Southern comfort foods. Mac ‘n cheese. PB&J. Meatloaf. For the aspiring sommelier, participants will take a trip into the depths of their Southern comfort zone, guided by the foods that we hate to love. Learn how to identify the complex flavor profiles of these simple foods, and how to pair them with a wine that will round out the palate and nostalgic memory.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

One Hot Mama Flew South
Limited Capacity seats available

In this tasting seminar, join Orchid Paulmeier of One Hot Mama's in Hilton Head, and Duane Nutter of One Flew South, one of the busiest airport restaurants in the country, on the terrace for a few tips, tastes and talk on how to grill like a pro.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Rieslings: Not Your Usual Suspects
Limited Capacity seats available

Riesling: A crisp, high acidity white grape variety originating in the Rhine region of Germany, known for it's strong floral aroma and sweetness… oh, and its popularity as a common wine. In this tasting seminar, join Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, Julie Dalton, as she goes beyond the boundaries of Rieslings as you know them. Taste, discuss and celebrate the Rieslings that haven't received the attention they (truly) deserve.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Southern Craft Brewers Spill It
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the years, Southern craft brewers have led the journey to the legalization of brewpubs and microbreweries across the Southern region, giving a national trend a Southern spin. During this tasting seminar, participants will sip, sample and learn as they hear in the inside story of the South’s fastest-growing beverage category right from the mouths of Southern brewers themselves.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Southern Living Test Kitchen: The Global Staple - Fish Sauce
Limited Capacity seats available

If you find yourself asking “What the pho is fish sauce?” ask no longer. Led by the king of Houston's Vietnamese scene, The Global Staple: Fish Sauce demo dives into a fisherman’s journey to Vietnam and back, with a recipe as his souvenir to share with guests. In this tasting seminar, learn some history and some ways to incorporate Bryan Caswell's favorite condiment into your everyday dishes.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

Sweet & Savory Marshmallows
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s time to leave the s’more behind. Thinking outside the box (of graham crackers), explore the classically sweet and daring savory sides of a childhood favorite... the ‘mallow. Participants will enjoy sweet and savory cocktail pairings to go along with their trip down memory lane, and make new memories full of pairings that will appeal to every part of the palate.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

The First Spirit of America: Rum
Limited Capacity seats available

Chasing the spirit of America? Leave your politics at the door and come ready to talk about the real American spirit - Rum. From historic cocktails that our forefathers sipped on to today's commonly consumed libations, this seminar leads guests on a voyage through the history and distilling process of the affectionately termed “Kill-Devil.” Get ready to drink like a sailor.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

5:00pm EDT

The Rise of the Poor Man's Food: Southern Sandwiches
Limited Capacity seats available

Sandwiches first appeared in American cookbooks in 1816 and, in the years following the Civil War, could be found anywhere from high-class luncheons to local taverns. Sandwich recipes often called for ingredients that were both cheap and filling, making them ideal for the working class. During this tasting seminar, guests will explore the storied history of some of the South’s most popular working-class sandwiches and indulge in modern variations of these classics.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

6:30pm EDT

Friday Tasting Tents: Friday Night Bites
Limited Capacity seats available

Designed to take guests on an epicurean journey through the South, the Festival’s Tasting Tents are not the typical festival tasting experience. The all-you-can-indulge layout allows guests the opportunity to eat, drink and explore the region’s top food and drink products and chef creations while also celebrating international influences that have shaped our region. Tasting Tent tickets are inclusive of all samples once inside the Tents. *For the first time, the Friday Tasting Tents will take place in the evening. In honor of the new time, we're deeming this session: Friday Night Bites - the sport of Southern food and drink!*

Friday June 3, 2016 6:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Piedmont Park