By Julia Turner

Food and beverage connoisseurs brace yourselves: on Oct. 22 and 23, Taste of Atlanta is going big for its 10th anniversary. Taking place on 5th Street between Techwood Drive and West Peachtree Street again this year, the festival promises to be a weekend that cannot be missed with more than 80 restaurants offering bites.

In honor of the big 1-0, Taste of Atlanta kicks off with The Big Grill event on Friday, Oct. 21. The evening will include an array of grilled bites, beer, live music and cake. Atlanta chefs Kevin Rathbun, Scott Serpas, Ford Fry and others will be present as well as Food Network’s Aarón Sánchez. The block party will support Georgia Organics.

This year the festival has added live cooking competitions, which will range from timed, secret ingredient contests to challenges to recreate the best dish the chef has ever tasted. There will also be a Top Chef Kids Cooking competition that will pair up three chefs-in-training with professional Atlanta chefs.

Also new this year is the Global Flavors International Stage where Atlanta chefs will be able to showcase their signature dishes. “Atlanta has such a diverse culinary landscape,” says event director Dale DeSena, “and Taste of Atlanta chefs represent flavors from every corner of the world.”

Old favorites will return for the 10th anniversary celebration as well. Both the Barcraft Competition and the Inside the Food Studio experience will be back, and the festival’s Silent Auction will take place on 5th Street Bridge. The auction will benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day-of and are available at tasteofatlanta.com.

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.