Founded last year by Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, the event brings together chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, growers and food lovers from across the country (emphasis on the South!) for a weekend of learning, dining and drinking!
Many of the dinners I posted about the other day are sold out, but there are still plenty of ways to get involved.
If you're flush with cash and want the VIP experience, the 3-day Connoisseur's Ticket. $2000 will get you:
- 9 Connoisseur Learning Experiences(exclusive tastings and demonstrations)
- 3 Tasting Tent Sessions with VIP Entrance
- 3 Connoisseur Breakfasts
- 2 Dinners (Thu & Fri)
- Blackberry Farm Dinner (Sat)
- Access to the Connoisseur Lounge
- Connoisseur Gift Bag
- Dedicated concierge to assist with planning
Are you interested but more of the 99% variety? Never fear, there are plenty of less pricey ways to enjoy the festival. This isn't your run of the mill street festival, though, so even these options are an investment. One that I believe will be well worth it!
- $65 will get you into the Pig Out BBQ event (which we're still considering getting in on!)
- $100 gets you tickets to the schmancy tasting tents. Enjoy dishes from more than 100 chefs as you explore themed "tasting trails" like Bourbon, Farm Fresh, and Whole Pig. Tents are located at 11th and Peachtree Walk in Midtown.
- $180 day passes get you into three educational sessions as well as the tasting tent. Classes range from a "Sourcing from Extinction" panel discussion with Sean Brock, Sean Doty and others to a country ham tasting seminar with Allen Benton and Linton Hopkins. On Sunday I'm torn between the Cheese tasting with Tim the Cheeseman and a biscuit technique lab with Nathalie Dupree and Virginia Willis. Oh the choices!
I was out of town last year and missed out on the fun, and oh boy, did I regret it. Don't make the same mistake I made!