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Taste of Atlanta 2009

The 8th Annual Taste of Atlanta  foodie fest promises to dish up flavors to satisfy every taste. So, grab a fork and a glass and prepare to stimulate your mind, body and taste buds!

The popular foodie event features "tastes" from more than 80 of the city's best restaurants, cooking demonstrations from national and local celebrity chefs and live entertainment. The event will take place in an 8-block area of Tech Square located in the heart of Midtown.

A highlight of the 2009 festival is the Wine, Beer & Cocktail Experience, open only to VIP ticket holders over the age of 21. This Experience will feature a series of highly anticipated wine and beer tastings, along with mixology demonstrations, educational seminars and the semi-finals of the Taste of Atlanta Barcraft Competition.

VIP ticket holders will enjoy the exclusive Wine & Beer Experience featuring scheduled seminars led by top industry professionals, tastings from 100+ different wine varietals and beer types along with restaurant tastings. You'll also receive 5 bonus Taste Coupons (total of 20) and the first 500 VIP ticket holders on site each day will receive Taste of Atlanta's VIP gift bag filled with special merchandise, samples and discount offers.

 

The series of scheduled wine seminars will cover a diverse array of topics. Limited to 60 people per session, patrons will be able to sample select wines and beers, along with food pairings from Taste of Atlanta restaurants, as the moderators and guest speakers discuss them. Seminar registration begins at 11:00 at the Seminar tent and spots will fill up early! The wine and beer seminars will be moderated by Gil Kulers and Bob Townsend. Gil Kulers is a Certified Wine Educator, writes the popular wine column, Kulers Uncorked, for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and is a contributor to Golf Index Digest magazine on all matters of food and wine. Bob Townsend has been writing about beer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for the better part of a decade and is currently editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast.

Here's a sneak peek of topics and guest speakers:

Saturday, October 10

12:30 - 1:15
The Zen and the Art of Pairing Wine with Spicy Asian Dishes
Kristen Cooper Vinifera Wines
Tastings from Top Flr

2:00 - 2:45
The History of Sparkling Wine in 45 Minutes
Eric Crane

3:30 - 4:15
Chefs and Brewers, Ruminations on Beer and Food Recipes
Dave Larkworthy, 5 Seasons Brewing
John Roberts, Max Lagers

5:00 - 5:45
Farm to Cocktail
Greg Best, Holeman & Finch Public House
Eric Simpkins, DRINKSHOP

Sunday, October 11

12:30 - 1:15
The Kings of Pinot-Burgundy and Oregon
Gina Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House
Gil Kulers, WineKulers.com

2:00 - 2:45
Country Fried Wine-Powerful Pairings for Soulful Southern Food
Seth Roskind, 4th and Swift

3:30 - 4:15
Beer vs. Wine, A Food Pairing Showdown
Crawford Moran, 5 Seasons Brewing
Todd Rushing, Concentrics Restaurants

5:00 - 5:45
Single Malt & Scotch Whiskey Tasting
Michael McLaren, Chivas Brothers

TICKETS: Purchase tickets at www.tasteofatlanta.com, or by calling 1-877-725-8849.

DISCOUNT:  Use discount code GRAPE to save $5 OFF VIP or General Admission advance online tickets!

MORE INFO: Visit www.tasteofatlanta.com for complete details.

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