The Atlanta Food Wine Festival Returns

When the weather in Atlanta turns warm, it's a clear indication that festival season is on the horizon and while a few festivals have sprung up, a big one is only a few weeks away. The annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns to the city at the end of the month and the local culinary scene and foodies alike are sure to be pleased. Treat yourself Atlanta, and indulge! The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns May 30 - June 2, 2013 to Midtown Atlanta for its third year. Get ready because the South has never tasted so good! The first Festival to celebrate the South as a culinary destination, this four-day event is designed to lead guests on culinary journey through the region. With an extensive catalogue of programs and events, guests will eat, drink and learn about the South's rich food and beverage traditions from the region's best talent.

The weekend offers three distinct activities: Learning Experiences, Tasting Experiences, and Dinners & Events. The Learning Experiences include smart and entertaining cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tasting seminars and panel discussions all designed by industry. The daily learning sessions are rounded off with the Festival's delicious Tasting Tents. Unlike any other Festival tasting tents, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festivals are curated by chefs and feature a variety of tasting trails including; Chicken, Pig, Lamb, Seafood, Farm Fresh, Southern Snacks, Sweets & Sandwiches and Southern Wines & Spirits. The food trails are complimented by wine and spirits from other "Southern" regions around the globe like Southern Europe, South Africa and South America.

Each day is followed by evening dinners and events that extend the Festival's learning and tasting programs. Whether spending a few hours in the Tasting Tents, a day or three days with the Festival, guests will find their perfect Southern food and beverage experience. 2013 Ticketing packages include: Tasting Tent Pass - Food and beverage lovers will salivate at the mere mention of the culinary delights gracing this year's Tasting Tents. Chefs choose favorite recipes to highlight their journey through the South while mixologists, sommeliers and brewers craft the perfectly complemented libation.

Whether cravings include barbeque or soul food, Tasting Tents will satisfy all with its epicurean offerings. $100 per Tasting Tent ticket ($80 - early bird) Day Pass - Day Passes are ideal for curious food and beverage enthusiasts, desiring to not only taste incredible flavors but also to educate themselves through the top minds in the culinary world. Day Passes allow ticketholders to choose three Learning Experiences, including cooking and cocktail demonstrations, food and beverage tasting seminars and panel discussions, and to enjoy one Tasting Tent. Day Pass holders also receive a Festival gift bag. $185 per day ($150 - early bird) Three-Day Pass - If one day isn't enough (and when it comes to food gluttony, one day is never enough!), Atlanta Food & Wine Festival offers Three-Day Passes for guests looking to expand their tastes and minds.

Ticketholders can choose nine Learning Experiences, enjoy three Tasting Tent sessions, receive a ticket to the Pig Out: Tailgate Style party and leave with a Festival gift bag. $500 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday ($400 early bird) Connoisseur Day Pass - If a more exclusive, lavish experience is what you seek, receive VIP treatment with the Connoisseur Day Pass. Live in the lap of luxury with a dedicated concierge to assist in planning the perfect gastronomic adventure which includes three Connoisseur Learning Experiences,* one Tasting Tent session with VIP entrance, one Connoisseur breakfast prepared by an award-winning chef, one evening dinner or event of your choice not including the Blackberry Farm dinner, access to the private Connoisseur Lounge and Connoisseur gift bag.