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1st Georgia Food & Wine Festival Set In Marietta: What to Know

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MARIETTA, GA — A new food and drink tasting festival is coming to Marietta this week, showcasing Georgia’s diverse food culture, celebrity chefs and winemakers, local artisans, local restaurants and more.

The inaugural Georgia Food & Wine Festival takes over Jim Miller Park March 24-27, with “a variety of events to suit all taste buds,” according to the website.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday events are for people 21 and over only; Sunday entertainment is family-friendly. No dogs or pets are allowed on the event grounds on any day.

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Created and produced by two of the South’s leading festival event management companies, the all-inclusive food and drink tasting festival features local restaurants, chefs and celebrity winemakers from Georgia, “Best of Cobb” winners 2021, artisans, musicians, vendors and others.

There is also a Silent Auction to benefit MUST Ministries, which opened March 17 and ends Sunday at 5 p.m. To bid and donate, visit this link to view the silent auction items. You don’t need to be present at the festival to win.

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Tickets price range depending on the event you plan to attend, but ticket packages are also available to attend multiple events. Single-event tickets cost between $45 and $165, while ticket packages cost between $145 and $290.

You can buy tickets online at georgiafoodandwinefestival.com.

Here’s a look at what’s planned for the festival, ticket prices, event details and more:

Thursday March 24

Drinks, Meat ‘n Three

This fun festival kick-off lunch features whiskey, beer, and wine tastings, plus a variety of Meat ‘n Three lunch plate combos.

  • Time: 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Tickets: $45 per person (single ticket); $190 per person in the All-In Package, $290 per person in the Big Peach All-In VIP Package.
  • Event type: Indoor/outdoor, rain or shine.
  • Outfit and information: Casual dress, 21 years and over.

“The Best of Cobb”

The “Best of Cobb” features the 2021 winners of Cobb Life magazine and Marietta Daily Journal’s Best of Cobb competition, which recognizes businesses and service providers in the contest decided by readers with more than 460,000 votes.

Live music at the Best of Cobb VIP lounge features two of the Atmosphere quintet members: Ollie and Ashleigh, named Duo Ambience.

  • Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $20 (general admission), $70 (VIP).
  • Event type: Indoor/outdoor, rain or shine.
  • Outfit and information: Casual dress, 21 years and over.

Friday March 25

Georgia Masters Courses

Four classes led by food and wine experts are offered throughout the day Friday at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria ballroom. Attendees will be able to sample demo recipe tastings and special drink pairings with each class. Some guest chef demonstration classes may include an autographed copy of a cookbook or book.

Class 1, titled “Best of Sparkling Wines,” features advanced sommelier Eric Crane and chef Graciela Felize of Gabriel’s Bakery.

Class 2 features Michael McNeill, Master Sommelier at Georgia Crown, presenting a selection of wines from the Delicato family along with tastings from a guest chef to be determined.

Class 3 features chef, farmer, and author Matthew Raiford demonstrating a recipe from his cookbook “Bress ‘n Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth Generation Farmer.”

Class 4, ‘Whiskey and The Saltwater Table’, features Bravo TV’s ‘Top Chef’ Whitney Otawka with recipes from her latest cookbook and a premium whiskey tasting flight with the beverage expert Beam Suntory, Tim Heuisler.

  • Time (overall): 11am-4pm
    • Class 1: 11am-2pm
    • Class 2: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    • Class 3: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    • Class 4: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $70 per person per lesson; $240 per person for all four courses.
  • Event type: Interior
  • Outfit and information: Casual dress, 21 years and over.

Fired

Celebrate all things grilled, smoked and broiled at the all-inclusive Fired Up, one of the festival’s key events, with a wide variety of the South’s best barbecues.

Beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes will be offered for tasting, as well as live music, wine, beer and spirits tastings in a souvenir glass. Live music guests include Big Oak Tree and The Weekend Getaway Band.

See the full list of participating restaurants and beverages online here.

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $85 per person (single ticket); available in six packages ranging in price from $145 to $290 per person.
  • Event type: Outdoors, rain or shine.
  • Outfit and information: Casual dress, 21 years and over.

Saturday March 26

Flavor

Savor is the main event for the entire four-day festival, featuring Georgia’s top chefs, winemakers and restaurants, as well as several live music stages and a craft market.

Samples of the Food and Beverage Tasting Stages will be available to the first 100 people seated at the Georgia Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration Stage.

Tickets include a souvenir wine glass for unlimited tastings of wine, beer, and spirits, and an RFID wristband with 10 Culinary Credits redeemable toward the purchase of gourmet bites and plates at a variety of restaurants, food trucks and specialty food companies.

See the full list of bands, chefs, restaurants, drink providers and more online here.

  • Time: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Tickets: $95 per person (single ticket); available in three packages from $145 to $190 per person.
  • Event type: Indoor/outdoor, rain or shine.
  • Outfit and information: Casual dress, 21 years and over.

VIP lounge at Savor

VIP tickets include early access to the festival, VIP parking and a souvenir crystal tasting wine glass. The VIP Lounge, presented by Atlanta Magazine, is an exclusive, fully-equipped lounge experience with goody bags, restrooms, open bars with cocktails, live music and more.

  • Time: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Tickets: $165 per person (single ticket); available in three packages ranging from $200 to $290 per person.
  • Event type: Indoor/outdoor, rain or shine.
  • Outfit and information: Casual dress, 21 years and over.

Sunday March 27

sunday funny day

Closing the festival is the Funday Sunday family event, featuring a variety of restaurants, drinks, farmers, artisans and food trucks, live music, the Georgia Celebrity Chef Stage demonstrations, as well as a free area for children.

View the full list of participating restaurants, beverage providers, bands and chefs online here.

  • Time: 11am-5pm
  • Tickets: $25 per person (single ticket); $155 per person weekend package; $190 per person all-inclusive.
  • Event type: Indoor/outdoor, rain or shine.
  • Outfit and information: Casual, family outfit (all ages).

Oyster roast, VIP lounge

Enjoy unlimited beer, wine and spirits tasting stations, unlimited buckets of oysters and barbecue, live music and more at the VIP Oyster Roast Lounge. Tickets include VIP lounge admission and parking.

  • Time: 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Tickets: $75 per person (single ticket); $260 per person in VIP Weekend package; $290 per person in the Big Peach All-Inclusive package.
  • Type of event: indoor/outdoor, rain or shine.
  • Outfit and information: Casual, family style (all ages).