Is it May 2012 yet?
All of us here at eat. drink. repeat. had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and hope our readers did too. One of us celebrated a birthday, one of us got engaged, and one of us went to quite possibly the best backyard BBQ of their lives (hint: click for the answers). But collectively, we were all disappointed by one realization: there would be no groundhog’s day repeat this weekend. The Atlanta Food & Wine festival had come and gone. Read on for our ode to AF&WF and why you should definitely make plans to be there next year…
In its inaugural year, the AF&WF exceeded everyone’s expectations. Whether on Twitter, Facebook or overheard at the tents, that was the buzz, and we couldn’t agree more. Over the course of the weekend, we headed to the classrooms and as it turned out, we had a lot to learn. Chef Tim Love taught us to dress the meat with double salt, and always have a great glass of wine while you cook. Marc Perrin eloquently shared his wine wisdom that “making great wine is always taking a chance.” When in Charleston, The Lee Brothers reminded us that you should always have a shucker at the ready, because you never know when you’ll come across an opportunity for oysters. It turns out more goes with a Coke than just a smile, and Greg Best showed us the way. Heath Porter & Bob Townsend took us from beer to wine and demonstrated that a great glass of either beverage can completely transform the taste of your meal. Say Cheese Y’all, Tim Gaddis and his cheese friends took the challenge and proved the South knows a thing or two about good cheese. Kristen Hard took us on a bean-to-bar journey, and we just didn’t want to come home.
Over at the tents and food trucks, our food dreams came true. Welcomed in by our hometown airline Delta, we couldn’t believe our eyes. Biscuits and fried chicken drizzled in honey from Poole’s in Raleigh. Pork belly and slaw from Chef Hugh Acheson and the National Peanut Board, Bakon vodka, lavender honey truffles from French Broad Chocolates in Asheville, Morelli’s, High Road Craft and King of Pops, oh my! But then the food trucks beckoned with out-of-this-world pizza from Klausie’s, Chef Jamie Dietrich’s Alabama tea cakes and more.
Have we got your attention yet? Good. Did we even begin to scratch the surface of all that went on during this incredible weekend? Not a chance. Are you done reading about it and want to see first hand? Well, you’re in luck. The gang at EDR put together a video recap above for your viewing pleasure. Most importantly, we highly recommend you save the date because AF&WF will be back, bigger and better, May 17-20, 2012. We’re clicking our heels like Dorothy and wishing it were already here.
*We want to maintain transparency on the site, so we do want you to know that we were graciously provided media passes in order to cover the event. We’d also like to give special thanks to everyone behind the scenes who made this fantastic weekend possible, mainly the founders, Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, Baltz & Company and 360 Media.