Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Late Night Street Carts

Photo Credit: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Street food is all the rage these days, so the first annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival wouldn't be complete without an ode to food carts. This mega event is just days away, but tickets are still available for many events, including the 10 pm street cart events on Friday and Saturday night.

Getting tired of Atlanta's tasty but fairly limited selection of food carts? You're in luck, other vendors from around the country have driven their carts to Atlanta for the festival. I kind of love the image of a little airstream full o' yummy goodness, truckin' down 85!

In case you haven't heard much about the festival, it's themed around Southern cuisine, but they've got a broad definition of "South" so it includes the entire Southeast, as well as Southern Hemisphere and Southern Europe cuisines.

The Street Cart Pavilion will be open during the Tasting Tent sessions and then again on Friday and Saturday evening for the late night sessions. Tickets are $75 for tasting tent access, including the street cart pavilion, or $65 for the late night party (Hint: Enter "Sweetjack" at checkout for the late night parties and get the tix for $45 - not sure how long that deal will last!) Get your tix here for the Tasting Tent events and  here for the late night party. The tasting tent is open:

Friday, May 20 3:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, May 21 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Saturday, May 21 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, May 22 12:30pm – 3:00pm

The Late Night Event will include Southern music, adult beverages and street food created by guest chefs from across the "South", including:

Avocado’s from Mexico (Mexico)
Bulleit Bourbon (Louisville, KY)
CIROC Vodka (France)
Club Patron (Mexico)
Crooked Spoon (Orlando, FL)
Dietrich’s (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)
GastroPod (Miami, FL)
Klausie’s Pizza (Raleigh, NC)
Sweetwater Beer Truck (Atlanta, GA)
STK (Atlanta, GA – new restaurant)
VIKING Cooking Rig (Greenwood, MS)
Yum Yum Cupcake Truck (Atlanta, GA)
Westside Creamery (Atlanta, GA)

Alberto Cabrera (FL)
Jeremy Fox (CA – GA native)
Katsuya Fukushima (DC)
Eli Kirshtein (GA)
Dan Latham (GA)
Whitney Otawka (GA)
Adam Sobel (DC)
Plinio Sandalio (TX)

The Street Cart Pavilion is located one block North of the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Sounds awesome, right? Get your tix before it's too late!

Want a food cart experience at home? Whip up this Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole from Chef Roberto SantibaƱez, author of Truly Mexican, who's in town to do demos representing the Mexican Hass Avocado Importer’s Association.

Pineapple & Cucumber Guacamole


  • 1 (10- to 12-ounce) cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced (½ inch)
  • ½ cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 fresh serrano or jalapeƱo chiles, minced, including seeds, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, or more to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon fine salt, or 1½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 large or 3 small ripe Mexican Hass avocados, halved and pitted
  • ½ pineapple, peeled, cored, and diced (½ inch)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

Stir together the cucumber, onion, chiles, lime juice, and salt in a large bowl. Score the flesh in the avocado halves in a cross-hatch pattern (not through the skin) with a knife and then scoop it with a spoon into the bowl and gently stir together (do not mash). Stir in the pineapple last so the fresh acidity is a distinct counterpart to the avocado. Season to taste with additional chile, lime juice, and salt. Transfer the guacamole to a wide dish and sprinkle the cilantro on top.



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