As I was scrolling through what seemed like a million plus pictures on my camera the other day I stumbled across these gems and realized I never chatted about my experience at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. I blame this momentary loss of memory on the temporary high I was on from eating and cocktailing my way through the South for 3 solid days. AFWF shouldn’t even be called a festival, it should be called an experience.
The weekend kicked off with breakfast in the connoisseur lounge which was a stunning design collaboration between Ballard Designs and William Peace of Peace Design. Peace called the design a play on coastal living, I simply asked if I could move in tomorrow. Once we were properly satiated with bloody marys and biscuits the day “officially” kicked off with a champagne toast by founders Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter. Then the madness began as everyone rushed upstairs, downstairs, outside, or to wherever their first class began. I of course gravitated towards any and all wine seminars. I tasted 90+ wines with Michael McNeill, Master Sommelier, (did you know there are only 219 Master Sommeliers in the world?!). Learned how to cold smoke on the Big Green Egg with Todd Richards. Decided I should really consider buying a villa in Tuscany (duh) with Brancaia. Was challenged by Whiskey with Struan Grant Ralph. And spent hours upon hours in the tasting tents.
All in all the weekend was one for the books and a must for any food and wine loving soul. My calendars are already marked for AFWF 2015! TGIF Loves. truly, MKR
*All images original to Waiting On Martha
**Big thanks to Dominique Love, Elizabeth Feichter, and 360 Media who made the weekend possible.