Here’s What’s New for Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2022

The 11th-annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will be held September 15-18 in the Old Fourth Ward, Westside, and restaurants around the city. That may feel like ages from now, but starting today, discounted tickets are available—for one week only. This year’s theme is “A Love Letter to the South.” Chefs, pitmasters, sommeliers, brewers, and mixologists from all 13 southern states will converge in our city to conduct demonstrations and share samples of their crafts.

New this year, is an indoor/outdoor festival kickoff party called Sliced: AF&WF’s Party by the Slice. Held September 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Guardian Works on the Westside, it will be an exclusive taste-around event with unlimited bites of pizza, chicken pot pie, quiche, brisket, and bread (among other foods), plus beer, wine, and cocktails. 

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New Westside Rooftop Pool and Bar, L.O.A., offers a “Leave of Absence” without leaving the city

Twenty-two years ago, rooftop hospitality experts Mandy and Kelvin Slater (the powerhouse behind Ponce City Market’s Nine Mile Station and Skyline Park) dreamed of a resort-style pool with restaurants and bars where locals could mingle and lounge. In mid-June, their idea will become a reality with the opening of Rooftop L.O.A. (Leave of Absence) atop the Interlock on the Westside.

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The Best Markets in Atlanta for Produce, Prepared Foods, and More…

Atlanta is a foodie dream, especially for lovers of fresh produce. The best markets in Atlanta range from neighborhood farmers’ markets to gourmet food halls featuring some of Atlanta’s best restaurants and everything in between.

Hitting up the farmers’ market is a weekend ritual in many Atlanta neighborhoods. Some might say it is worth forgoing the Atlanta breakfast and brunch scenes for some tasty morning grazing, although we’ll let you decide that for yourself. These farmers’ markets showcase the best of Georgia’s produce, from peanuts to peaches with plenty in between. Many farmers’ markets have family-friendly activities too, making them a good option for things to do with kids in the city. 

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4 Atlanta-Based Retail Incubators You Need to Visit

There’s no denying the way we shop was throttled by the pandemic. But while online sales continue to grow, we’re not ready to give up shopping in person. “People love to touch and feel and experience things,” says Tori Frericks, founder of the Landing Lab, one of several new retail incubators in Atlanta.

Many of these incubators, like the just-opened New Black Wall Street Market in Stonecrest, make opportunities for Black- or brown-owned businesses.

And, while revenue is of course important, so are the communities built around these entrepreneurs. The pandemic taught customers not to take neighborhood vendors for granted.

Here are four markets to try. Stop by and maybe you’ll help launch a national brand.

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15 Zero-Proof Drinks to Try in Atlanta

The craft cocktail movement and a higher demand for nonalcoholic drinks has led bartenders to take a more creative approach to nonalcoholic drinks. No longer does getting a “mocktail” mean being limited to a soda or a drink labeled virgin. Gone are the days that these drinks are called mocktails, too, with many bartenders opting for less infantilizing terminology like “zero-proof” or “spirit-free.” There are also pop-ups specializing in zero-proof drinks, like Alt, and Zilch Market which hopes to be Atlanta’s first store specializing in nonalcoholic spirits.

This article was originally published by Atlanta Magazine and can be read here.

It’s Almost Time to Eat, Drink and Party Poolside on the Roof of the Interlock

It appears Mediterranean resort-style pool, bar, and restaurant combo L.O.A (Leave of Absence) is scheduled to finally open atop the Interlock on Howell Mill Road in April.

Owned by Slater Hospitality, the group behind Ponce City Market rooftop amusement park Skyline Park and restaurant Nine Mile Station, expect a sprawling 300-seat restaurant serving what’s described as “coastal European” fare, a lush garden-like outdoor bar and lounge called the Grove, and a pool complete with views of the Atlanta skyline, sun loungers and private cabanas, and its own indoor bar.

As with Slater’s Ponce City Market venues, people must first check-in on the ground floor of the Interlock to gain access to the adults-only space on the rooftop.

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Hugh Acheson Brings Montreal-style Steakhouse Mount Royal to Buckhead’s New Hyatt Centric Hotel…

Known for farm-fresh restaurants Empire State South and Five & Ten, chef Hugh Acheson has turned his attention to hotel restaurants in recent years, opening By George in the Candler Hotel in 2019 and now-defunct Archie’s in the Omni at the Battery in 2018. He quietly launched his first Buckhead restaurant, a Montreal-style steakhouse called Mount Royal, in the Hyatt Centric.

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LA-based vegan bodega, LaRayia’s, comes to Ponce City Market

An organic, vegan grab-and-go spot is opening in Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall on December 3. LaRayia’s Bodega—a philanthropy-forward, Caribbean-inspired shop—first opened in Los Angeles in 2019. Impressed with the diversity of Atlanta, founder LaRayia Gaston decided to bring her healthy eats to Old Fourth Ward—with a few changes.

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11 Magical Things to do During Christmas in Atlanta…

Christmas in Atlanta is not your typical “White Christmas.” We rarely ever get snow down here, and one year, it was 75 degrees the week of Christmas. Even without the snow, there are still plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit with different Atlanta Christmas events, shoes, and photo ops. Here is a list of our favorites.

This beloved holiday pop-up bar has multiple locations this year. The restaurant spaces are decked out in kitschy festive decor and welcome you with Christmas-themed cocktails. The Miracle is the perfect bar to escape your annoying Aunt Susan visiting from out of town.

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Tootsies Atlanta

Shop the latest in luxury ready-to-wear clothing, jewelry and accessories from some of the world’s top, high-fashion designers. Stop into Tootsies for a complete destination shopping experience.

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