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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: A Southern Event Like No Other

May 23, 2011

What a weekend! As you may have seen from my recent post, it was a big one for me. I was in Atlanta attending and speaking at two conferences:  the BlogHer Food Conference 2011 and the first ever Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Friday night at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, I was so excited to have a chance to dine at Miller Union, a wine and food dinner featuring the Lee Brothers. With 6 courses of fabulous food, wine and company, I was in a foodie wonderland. It was such a treat to be able to have dinner with the Editor and Publisher from Oxford American Magazine, an Editor from Southern Living, an Editor of the Nashville Scene, Chef Tyler Brown of Capitol Grill, the Marketing Director from the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, and Chef Chris Hasting of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham.

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival was the most incredible event I have ever attended in the South. Food and wine tents, speakers, chef food demos and more in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Truly this was the first ever Aspen Food & Wine Festival of the south. See Warren Brown from Cake Love showing his cake making secrets (below).

More food samples, oh my.

I was honored to be speaking at this festival on Sunday with the talented Food Stylist, Tami Hardeman of Running with Tweezers; Bourbon Expert, Tom Fischer of the; and Dennis Byron of the amazing beer blog, Ale Sharpton (see below) on a food blogger insight panel. We had a full crowd, and our talk actually ran over 3o minutes since no one was leaving. I learned new things from this talented group as well as the questions asked. I can’t thank the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival enough for their incredible hard work on this event. You get a standing ovation and many thanks.



14 Responses to “Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: A Southern Event Like No Other”
May, 23 2011at 07:43 am
This is nice article. Thanks lot for the sharing
May, 25 2011at 05:18 am
Sounds like some pretty exciting stuff!
Amy says:
May, 23 2011at 09:14 am
Sorry I missed this. I am making this a girls trip next year
Lisa says:
May, 23 2011at 09:15 am
This sounds and looks like a blast
Sherri says:
May, 23 2011at 09:27 am
I heard you speak on Sunday. This was one of the most informative seminars. You have great energy, and the panel was so interesting. Thank you
May, 23 2011at 09:52 am
I so wish I had attended the AFWF! Sounds like a fabulous event. But there's always next year, right?
Maria says:
May, 23 2011at 10:16 am
You are one busy lady! Glad you had fun!
Marla says:
May, 23 2011at 10:45 am
Alison, it is awesome to learn about your experiences at the food & wine festival. Sounds like so much fun! I have that book Cake Love. It is awesome - never hear anyone talking about it & it is one of my favorites. LOVED spending time with you this weekend. We will have a blast at evo'11. xo
May, 23 2011at 12:39 pm
What a fabulous event! So glad to hear all went well with your panel. I'm sure it was great to be home after this whirlwind weekend!
May, 23 2011at 03:47 pm
Sounds like quite a weekend, what fun!
May, 23 2011at 09:21 pm
More more more!
May, 24 2011at 07:29 am
Alison, it was so great getting to catch up with you on Sunday. I really enjoyed the blogger insight panel too! It reminded me that I need to use more of my own voice when doing my blog posts. Hope to see you soon! :)
May, 24 2011at 03:31 pm
What a great weekend for you! Sorry I only got to see for for a quick second. I wish I had attended AF&WF. Oh, year!
May, 24 2011at 08:15 pm
I hate that I missed it. I know it was a wonderful event. Hate I only saw you for a few minutes! We have got to catch up soon!

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