The 9th annual Taste of Atlanta is set for Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, at Technology Square. With the city’s most renowned restaurateurs whipping up gourmet delights and live cooking demonstrations on three stages, patrons are sure to find their culinary pleasure within the 10-block food festival, located in the heart of Midtown.

Here’s some of this year’s highlights:

More than 80 Restaurants: Come enjoy tastes from more than 80 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants. Experience a taste of Craft, Iberian Pig, New York Prime and Tuk Tuk to name a few.  Patrons can also get a taste of up-and-coming hot spots new to the Atlanta restaurant scene, such as Empire State South, Farmstead 303 and Goin’ Coastal.  For a complete list, visit www.tasteofatlanta.com.

Farm to Festival Village: Learn about Atlanta’s local sustainable movement from Atlanta restaurateurs and local farmers.

Live Cooking Demonstrations: Discover cooking techniques from the Woodfire Grill’s Executive Chef Kevin Gillespie, JCT Kitchen and Bar’s Executive Chef William “Ford” Fry, Pink Power demo by The Hil’s Executive Chef Hilary White and Pacci Ristorante’s Executive Chef Keira Moritz.

Family Food Zone: Amica Insurance presents this family-fun area for future generation chefs-in-training. Enjoy cooking demos including The Meal Makeover Moms and food-focused arts and crafts activities.

Wine, Beer and Cocktail Experience: VIP ticket holders can taste over 100 wines and 50 craft beers in the Tasting Tents or enjoy educational seminars hosted by Gil Kuhlers and Bob Townsend, Atlanta’s leading beverage experts.

Barcraft Competition: Satisfy your inner mixologist and sample cocktails from Atlanta’s top bartenders as you watch them compete for the title of Atlanta’s Best Bartender. Open to VIP ticket holders only.

Inside the Food Studio: Come experience the world of the professional chef and discover the secrets of his craft. Hosted by Atlanta’s own Tom Sullivan, patrons will enjoy tastes and beverages in an intimate setting while learning valuable cooking skills and insight into the Atlanta restaurant scene.

Ticket Information: General admission tickets include 15 taste coupons and can be purchased from through Oct. 22 at midnight for $25. Tickets will be $30 at the gate. A limited number of VIP Tickets priced at $75 are available for those 21 and up. Tickets are available through Ticket Alternative and can be purchased at www.TasteofAtlanta.com or by calling (877) 725-8849. Tickets are also available at Cook’s Warehouse and Whole Foods Market locations. Visit www.TasteofAtlanta.com for a full list of ticket outlets throughout the Atlanta area.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.