Returning for its 11th year, Taste of Atlanta gears up for a landmark weekend in Technology Square in Midtown, Oct. 5-7. More than 80 of the city’s favorite restaurants will be serving up samples and tastes along with chef demonstrations and other special events.

On Friday, Oct. 5, The Big Grill: Grills Gone Wild can enjoy all-inclusive access to the city’s best grilled grub, chilled cocktails, beer and wine. Yacht Rock Schooner will perform while attendees sample bites from renowned chefs including Ford Fry, Kevin Rathbun and Jay Swift Tickets for the Friday night are available at tasteofatlanta.com.

Other highlights of the festival include the Barcraft Competition, where guests can channel their inner mixologist and sample cocktails prepared by Atlanta’s best bartenders. The Family Food Zone will offer demos and cooking lessons from national and local chefs in an interactive environment.

Chefs will go head-to-head on the Home Plate Main Stage as they tackle secret ingredients, themed challenges, unique recipes and more.

Taste of Atlanta founder Dale DeSena takes great pride in the fact that the festival has so much to offer for everyone’s distinct appetite. “Most people hear ‘Taste of Atlanta’ and they think they’ll get lots of great food – and they’re right!” says DeSena. “We love when people also discover how educational the festival is. We can’t wait to transform Tech Square into foodie heaven once again this year.”

General admission tickets (includes 10 taste coupons) are $25 in advance; $35 at the gate. Kids ages 13 and under receive free admission (excluding taste coupons) when accompanied by a paid adult. VIP tickets (includes 15 taste coupons and access to Wine+Beer+Cocktail Experience) are $75 in advance; $85 at the gate. A limited number of VIP tickets are available, and the first 300 ticket holders each day receive a festival gift bag.

Taste coupons are used to purchase food from participating restaurants. Menu items are valued at one, two or three taste coupons. Additional taste coupons are sold in increments of 10 coupons for $10 or 20 coupons for $20.

Tickets are sold at locations throughout Atlanta, including select Whole Foods Market outlets. Advance tickets must be purchased by midnight on October 5. For more information, visit 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.