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Thursday, June 2
 

12:00pm EDT

Entrepreneurs Program
Limited Capacity full

For the second year, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is collaborating with Craft Catalyst, LLC, an Atlanta-based brand accelerator that works with early-stage food and beverage companies, to offer a special program for Southern food and beverage entrepreneurs. The program will provide participants the opportunity to gain valuable insight from successful food and beverage industry entrepreneurs with emphasis on Innovation, Brand-Building, Scalability and Value Creation. Ticket includes access to the keynote luncheon, 3 classes and closing reception. Topics focused on Innovation, Brand-Building, Scalability and Value Creation.


Thursday June 2, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

7:30pm EDT

Destination Delicious
Limited Capacity seats available

We're building the ultimate road trip with delicious chef creations, fantastic libations, live music and our favorite Southern destinations. Presented by The Local Palate, Destination Delicious will showcase the flavors and traditions of Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and more.

Thursday June 2, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm EDT
American Spirit Works
 
Friday, June 3
 

12:00pm EDT

Grapes from A-Z Sommelier Wine Lunch
Limited Capacity full

Venture into Atlanta Food & Wine Festival's pop-up vineyard, for a sommelier-led luncheon and Masterclass that will explore wines from A-Z. Our wine experts will lead guests through the "Grapetionary," integrating wine, knowledge and food into one amazing, mind-blowing, palate-pleasing event.


Friday June 3, 2016 12:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Vineyard in the City

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

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

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

Wine & Flowers (Connoisseur Only)
Limited Capacity full

When describing wine, people often use descriptors that are flowery in connotation or denotation... and for good reason. If you are someone who thinks their wine should be as stimulating as a bouquet, this seminar is the one for you. In this learning (and tasting!) experience, guests will be introduced to an array of wines that are reminiscent of floral aromas that we normally only experience through our sense of smell. Discuss the origins of the pairings and what connects the two seemingly separate entities. Open to Connoisseur pass holders only.


Friday June 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, Connoisseur Lounge

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

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

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

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

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

7:30pm EDT

Connoisseur Dinner Series: Eat. Drink. Art. Music.
Limited Capacity filling up

Award-winning authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee have returned to AF&WF to create an immersive and intimate dinner experience designed to give guests up-close access to award-winning talent while eating, drinking and delving deeper into South's epicurean culture. The Eat. Drink. Art. Music. dinner will be a unique collaboration of chefs working together on each element of the meal, like a band works together on a song, and will include award-winning wines, live music and gorgeous art.


Friday June 3, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm EDT
Private Home

7:30pm EDT

Geaux South
Limited Capacity seats available

Louisiana is a state that runs deep in tradition. These traditions play homage to the blends of French, Spanish, African, Sicilian, Caribbean, Irish, German and America Indian cultures that contributed to the complex cultural landscape that shines in every city corner and in the heart of every Cajun, Creole, or Louisiana transplant. Join us in a celebration of the state that gave us jambalaya, beignets, and the muffuletta (among other things…). We’re adding a dash of country comfort and a pinch of sophistication to some of the best food in the South, which means our guests should come prepared to savor forkfuls of the traditions, culture, and culinary perfection that have earned the state it’s legacy. Party like a Cajun at this outdoor evening event, which will feature classic dishes from a team of Louisiana chefs, two whole hogs over a live fire, a live zydeco band, craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails from the Cure New Orleans team.


Friday June 3, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm EDT
ATL Contemporary Arts Center
 
Saturday, June 4
 

9:00am EDT

Connoisseur Breakfast: Showdown from H-Town
Limited Capacity seats available

Often referred to as the “dining capital of the US,” Houston’s food scene is hot and the ethnic diversity of the city made for fantastic flavor combinations. From Tex-Mex and Creole to Vietnamese, Houston’s foodways are a melding of tradition, international flavors and local ingredients. For our Connoisseur breakfast, Chef Bryan Caswell and friends will tell their Houston food stories though delicious breakfast creations.


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, Connoisseur Lounge

10:00am EDT

Douro
Limited Capacity filling up

Portuguese wine styles have evolved significantly over the past two decades but have maintained the unique characteristics of classic Portuguese varietals. The Douro wine region reflects this uniqueness, and in this tasting seminar, guests will get to experience this "well-kept secret" for themselves.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

10:00am EDT

Food & Culture Preservation
Limited Capacity full

Embedded in every conversation about feeding people is a concern few have considered: the loss of agricultural biodiversity—a reduction of the diversity in everything that makes food possible: from soil to seed to pollinator, from plant to fish to animal. In this tasting seminar, learn how eaters can help save the diversity we need to keep our food system going - by smelling, tasting, touching, hearing and looking. Author Simran Sethi and chocolate maker Ben Rasmussen will explore the terroir of chocolate and how we can save foods by savoring them.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

10:00am EDT

Georgia Grown Vinifera
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear it through the (Georgia) grapevine. In our small corner of the world, in the higher altitudes of the Southern region, Georgia-grown grapes are thriving. The soil is producing award-winning vintages that are quite unlike the stereotypical sweet muscadine Georgia wines. In this tasting seminar, attendees will learn about the surprising, yet delicious, truth behind the acres of European vinifera that are growing right in our backyard.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

10:00am EDT

South Africa: Old & New (Connoisseur Only)
Limited Capacity seats available

A naturally beautiful country with a back drop of uninterrupted mountain ranges, South Africa is also the 7th largest producer of wine in the world. With a diverse range of red and white grape varieties, South African wine makers also lead in production integrity and environmental sustainability. In this tasting seminar, guests will taste wines that reflect both the old and the new; fruit-forward styles full of elegance, finesse and restraint.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, Connoisseur Lounge

10:00am EDT

Masterclass: Breakfast Batched - In-depth Food & Drink Pairings to Start the Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Move beyond the traditional mimosa and explore a broad range of wines and cocktails to start (and drink throughout) the day and with food as the side kick. This Masterclass will delve into iconic cocktails by The 86 Co. demonstrating the broad consumption possibilities when thoughtfully paired with a variety of foods from breakfast to lunch. This is the perfect class for the imbiber who wants to expand his or her drink repertoire.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Vineyard in the City

11:30am EDT

Ain't Your Momma's Chardonnay
Limited Capacity seats available

Summertime is the right time for some Chardonnay. Satiating, perfect for pairing, versatile, and totally able to stand it’s ground against other wines. This white wine grape is the most diverse and the most planted in the world and has far more depth than you give it credit for! In this seminar, participants will learn to wow their friends with alternatives to Chardonnay you can find at the grocery store.


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

11:30am EDT

Beer vs. Rosé: Be Cool This Summer
Limited Capacity full

Drinking beer has always been cool. Drinking Rosé is also cool. Seminar participants, guided by the perpetually cool Eric Crane, will cool off and chillax while learning professional drinking tips from a professional drinker – what else could you ask for? Added bonus: appearances from surprise guests. #Cool #Cool and #Cool.


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

11:30am EDT

Champagne: It's What's for Dinner (Connoisseur Only)
Limited Capacity full

Like the middle child of the vino world, Champagne is often overlooked when choosing a wine to pair with dinner. In this Connoisseur seminar, participants will taste and learn about three distinctly different sparkling wines and why they should be paired with dinner (and breakfast, and lunch, and snacks, and your favorite TV shows…). Grab your TV trays and your favorite meal, and sit back while we add a little sparkle to your life. Open to Connoisseur pass holders only.


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, Connoisseur Lounge

11:30am EDT

Great Vintages (Connoisseur Only)
Limited Capacity full

For the Festival-goer looking for any reason to celebrate with a bottle of wine, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. In this Connoisseur tasting seminar, join award-winning sommelier Jason Tesauro, of The Modern Gentleman fame, for a flight of six wines celebrating anniversaries this year. These great vintages span three countries and twenty years of sunshine in a bottle. Open to Connoisseur pass holders only.


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, Connoisseur Lounge

11:30am EDT

Southern Living Test Kitchen: Story of the Crab Cake and its Beverage Buddies
Limited Capacity full

It’s summer, which means it’s the perfect time to eat crab. The versatile Crab Cake – found as an appetizer or the main dish – has always made the list of things Southern folk love to eat. Discuss the flavor and taste a variety of accompaniments that ensure you will never tire of this delicious seafood. As an added bonus, guests will learn a variety of drink pairings, from beer to wine, that go perfectly with a food that is light, sweet, and rich.


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

11:30am EDT

Syrah: The Grape That Never Goes
Limited Capacity full

Known as the "King of Red Grapes" and the "Queen of White Grapes,” Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon never go out of style. But what about the varieties that never got their well-deserved boom of popularity? Now its time that Syrah, the grape that never goes anywhere, gets the attention it deserves. In this tasting seminar, explore the ins and outs of this often overlooked grape.


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

1:00pm EDT

Anise: Love it or Hate it
Limited Capacity seats available

It is one of the oldest (known) spices, native of the eastern Mediterranean, and was used for culinary and medicinal purposes. With the ability to keep the Evil Eye and nightmares at bay, modern day anise is used in medicine, baking, and as a flavor in a variety of food and drinks. Love it or hate it … there is no in between with anise. In this beverage-focused seminar, participants will explore anise-infused cocktails from two mixologists


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

1:00pm EDT

Bubbles & Seafood
Limited Capacity full

Southern seafood paired with the best of bubbles… what’s not to love? In this seminar, join a Louisiana chef as he explores tastes from beyond the tide.


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

1:00pm EDT

Coastal Wines of Tuscany
Limited Capacity full

Our Festival takes place under the Atlanta sun, but this class will take guests on an hour-long trip to experience the aromas of different wines from under the Tuscan sun. In this tasting seminar, participants will taste their way through various coastal wines from Tuscany and learn how to evaluate the tastes of these wines from sommelier Jacob Gragg.

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

1:00pm EDT

Madeira
Limited Capacity full

Before Southerners bragged about our whiskey, sweet tea, and Coca-Cola, there was Madeira. Widely popular in noble circles of the Antebellum South, Madeira was unable to survive the turbulence of the Civil War and Prohibition eras… but it’s back. Seminar participants will taste their way through the comeback story of this fortified wine, guided by the sommelier credited with pioneering its revival in the States.


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

1:00pm EDT

Smack Down: Champagne vs. Sherry
Limited Capacity full

Champagne and Sherry are typically not mentioned in the same sentence, but these two wine varieties have more in common than you might think. In this Smack Down, guests will learn what champagne and sherry have in common, including their ability to shine when paired with simple flavors. Guided by a Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, explore their similarities and differences and the food pairings that make them both equally sublime.


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

1:00pm EDT

Terroir Burgundy (Connoisseur Only)
Limited Capacity full

Burgundy is a region that best explains and exemplifies the term "terroir." Guests attending this Connoisseur seminar will explore wines of Burgundy and find answers to their burning questions about the differences in taste between wines of varying vintage, village and winemakers. Taste these differences for yourself and emerge with a better understanding of the term "terroir" and the underlying beauty of the Burgundy region. Open to Connoisseur pass holders only.


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, Connoisseur Lounge

1:00pm EDT

Masterclass: Old World v. New World
Limited Capacity filling up

Old and New will unite at the Festival's pop-up Vineyard in the City as famed winemakers from France (Old World) and New Zealand (New World) join forces for this Masterclass. These winemakers will take guests deep into the story of their winemaking traditions and practices. Contrasting and comparing wines from varieties, styles and direction.


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Vineyard in the City

2:30pm EDT

Saturday Tasting Tents
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.


Saturday June 4, 2016 2:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Piedmont Park

7:30pm EDT

Connoisseur Dinner Series: New Asian Inflection
Limited Capacity filling up

Award-winning authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee have returned to AF&WF to create an immersive and intimate dinner experience designed to give guests up-close access to award-winning talent while eating, drinking and delving deeper into South's epicurean culture. The New Asian Inflection dinner will explore what is and what was the Asian influence on Southern food, discovering the essences of heat, spice, funk and flavor. The multi-course meal will be paired with award-winning wines and cocktails to bring out the best flavors of each dish.


Saturday June 4, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm EDT
Private Home

7:30pm EDT

Rathbuns' Watch List
Limited Capacity seats available

For the fifth year, all eyes will be on the South's food, beverage and design talent at the Rathbuns' Watch List party. Presented by ADAC, this annual soiree merges Southern style and good taste. A group of hand-selected, interior designers, chefs and mixologists collaborate on the build-out of the ADAC space and the creation of delicious bites and beverages. The end result is an evening that is as beautiful as it is delicious.



Saturday June 4, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm EDT
ADAC
 
Sunday, June 5
 

12:00pm EDT

Sunday Brunch
Limited Capacity seats available

It simply isn't Sunday in the South without a fantastic brunch! Once again, Festival Advisory Council members and their friends will share their creations with family-style service inspired by Kevin GIllespie's Gunshow restaurant. The brunch will take place at the Loews Atlanta Hotel and feature decadent food, brunch libations and live music.


Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

12:00pm EDT

Sunday Brunch VIP
Limited Capacity filling up

It simply isn't Sunday in the South without a fantastic brunch! Once again, Festival Advisory Council members and their friends will share their creations with family-style service inspired by Kevin GIllespie's Gunshow restaurant. The VIP brunch will take place at Vineyard in the City and feature decadent food, brunch libations and live music.


Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Loews Atlanta Hotel, 14th Floor

1:30pm EDT

Sunday Tasting Tents
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.

Sunday June 5, 2016 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Piedmont Park