On a beautifully sunny day in July at the gorgeous Atlanta Botanical Garden, crowds gathered to enjoy food, music and each other! With a focus on sustainability, this zero-footprint event brought Georgia farmers together with twenty three local chefs to produce a tasting festival unlike any other! And guess who was lucky enough to be onsite as planning and execution partner?! Yep. It’s me. And what a great day it was!
Sponsored by Whole Foods, AgLanta, and Groundwork Atlanta – whose executive director Carly Queen was the queen of planning! – this labor of love filled the Garden with pure happiness from beginning to end!
From Day Hall to Mershon, over to the Live Demo Kitchen, down to Robinson Gazebo and Skyline, on back to the Garden’s own Longleaf Restaurant, chefs were putting out their very best while local musicians Lilac Wine, How & Why and DJ 5th Wurld (also a heavy hitter in the Atlanta Good Food scene!) filled the air with the sounds of summer!
Without a doubt, oohs and ahhs were heard everywhere from all our foodie guests! One of the favorite tables of the day was a crowd-pleaser from last year’s event, the famous Grits Pie by Ashley Sue’s Baked Goods.
Down by the new Skyline Fountain, three Big Green Eggs were putting out the BBQ like nobody’s business!! The talented chefs from Twisted Soul certainly had it going on! Deer + Dove (who just opened in my own hometown of Decatur!) and AIX were stiff competition as they all created incredibly mouthwatering summer fare!
One husband and wife chef team who are no strangers to locally sourced food was Moveable Feast ATL, whose day-to-day business involves farmers, composting and making the world a better place. There was a line at their table the entire day for good reason!
Chef Brian Moll was on hand to bring the farm fresh flavors! Formerly of La Tavola and Serenbe, he has recently branched his horizons into self ownership with the new Chatt Hills Food Shop.
Alongside all these amazing chefs were equally valuable vendor partners like Fresh Harvest, Lime Scooters, Copiana, ThinkTable, Inc. and more!
One of the highlights of the day was a presentation by Rashid Nuri, renowned founder of Truly Living Well, one of the region’s leading urban agricultural institutions. His new book, Growing Out Loud: Journey of a Food Revolutionary, hit shelves in July just in time for the Festival!
As host of the event for the second year, the ever abundant Atlanta Botanical Garden was in full glory as it showed off it’s stunning Imaginary Worlds installations.
If you didn’t get a chance to come to this year’s event, mark July 2020 on your calendar for next year! It’s the perfect summer outing with a message that’s loud and clear: Food matters. People matter. The Earth matters. It’s a truth that will only grow louder, so we may as well have fun sharing it, right?
All images by Erik Voss.
Kecia Wilson | Three Little Birds Events | Atlanta Event Planning