Atlanta Food & Drink Events: May 16-31

Because we know that even winos have beloved pets, we’ve done the back-breaking work of compiling a definitive list of the top food and drink events happening in and around Atlanta this latter half of May.  And even if paella isn’t your thing, there’s something for everyone!

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Thursday, May 16 | Cuisine, Cocktails, and Conversations
05:30 – 08:00 pm
Cafe 458 / ACSS
Chow Club Atlanta and StoryMuse join forces with several local chefs to help improve the lives of homeless and financially vulnerable men and women.  Tickets are $30 and include an array of tapas and small bites!

RECURRING EVENT | Thursday, May 16Dog Lovers’ Wine Tasting
07:00 – 09:00 pm
The Gifted Ferret (Woodstock)
Every third Thursday, you and your four-legged friend can enjoy free wine tastings with a $5 donation benefiting Pet Charities!

Saturday, May 18 | Dionysus Dash Wine Run
12:00 – 04:00 pm
Chastain Park
Embrace your inner goddess of wine, and celebrate the fifth installment of this 5K walk/run and only Grecian ritual of its kind.   The registration fee of $20 includes an event t-shirt and a celebratory glass of wine at the finish line.  Proceeds will benefit For The Love of Cups, a national organization dedicated to supporting survivors of breast cancer.

INAUGURAL EVENT | Saturday, May 18 | Roswell Mimosa Festival
01:00 – 05:00 pm
Bulloch Hall (Roswell)
Sample the brunch staple in all its traditional glory, or perhaps try a new variety at this inaugural event.  Food and other goodies are extra, but admission does include unlimited beverages and a sweet drinking/souvenir cup.  Expect tickets to be $60 per person on the day of the event; for now, they can be snagged for just $50.

Saturday, May 18 | Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival
Historic Fourth Ward Park
01:00 – 05:00 pm
Choose from over fifty craft beers and wines while enjoying live music performances and fun vino-inspired activities and games!  The first 300 tickets will be sold for $25.  After that, expect $30-54 for advance-purchase tickets and to pay $60 at the door.

LIMITED SERIES | Tuesday, May 21 – Sunday, May 26 | Argentina Food, Wine and Culture Festival – 3rd Edition
Times and Locations vary; check website for details
This is as immersive as it gets without heading down to Buenos Aires!  Goods carefully hand-crafted by Argentine artisans.  Check.  Live performances of the malambo and the tango by Argentine dancers.  Check.  Samples of the finest Argentine red wines.  Check.  And so, so much more.  Event tickets range in price.

Tuesday, May 21 | ‘Somebody Feed Phil’ at The Iberian Pig Buckhead
06:00 pm
The Iberian Pig (NEW location)
Phil Rosenthal, star of the Netflix hit Somebody Feed Phil, and local radio personality, Mara Davis, will guide you through an evening of tastes of the Iberian Peninsula.  The $150 registration fee includes food, beverages, taxes and all gratuities.

RECURRING EVENT | Wednesday, May 22 | Finely Crafted: Cocktails and Comedy
07:00 – 09:00 pm
Old Fourth Distillery
There’s nothing particularly new about the combination of comedy clubs and cocktails.  But what sets this Wednesday night event apart is the fact that it’s BYOF — Bring Your Own Food.  That’s right.  Pizza is recommended, but you call the shots.  There is a $10 cover charge.  Doors (and the bar) open at 07:00.

ANNUAL EVENT | Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26Atlanta Jazz Festival
Piedmont Park
Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers packed with your favorite snacks are welcome, so grab a spot near one of three performance stages and get ready for two days of pure, euphonious bliss.  Plus, you’ll have your choice of food trucks and vendors.  Ready for the best part?  Admission is totally free.

ANNUAL EVENT | Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Times and Locations vary; check website for details.
‘Savor Arkansas?’  ‘Visit Mississippi?’  From master classes on grilling and on the art of storytelling through food, to sessions on how to ‘Eat Your Booze’ and even ‘Unexpected Pairings’ like sake and mezcal, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is always good for bringing us unexpected delights.  Event experiences range from $55 to 1800, promising unique and memorable outings over a jam-packed three days.  Get it… jam?

ANNUAL EVENT | Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 | Candler Park Music & Food Festival
Ends at 11:00 pm; Starts on Friday at 04:00 pm and at 12:00 pm on Saturday
Candler Park
This particular outing gets our vote for ‘most family-friendly’!  Food trucks with vegetarian, vegan and even some gluten-free offerings will be on-hand, so even the most selective of eaters will be satisfied.  And the music lineup has no slouchers, including popular indie band, Dispatch, and American-Jamaican musician, Stephen Marley.   Just remember to adhere to the security guidelines!

LAST CALL! | Friday, May 31 |  Paella & Sangria
07:00 pm
The Cooking School at Irwin Street
This adults-only cooking class is guaranteed to get steamy.  If you miss them on Saturday, May 18, you can sign up for this one and still get their secret sangria recipe, plus tips for making authentic Spanish paella!

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