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The Georgia Food + Wine Festival Returns

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Georgia Food + Wine Festival

The 2nd annual event runs from March 23-26 at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.

There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of a springtime food festival to free one from the winter doldrums. So, Cobb In Focus is pleased to report that the 2nd Annual Georgia Food + Wine Festival will take place from March 23-26 at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Tickets are available now.

Tickle your tastebuds at this unique event, which will be a showcase of cuisine, beverage and culture that showcases Georgia celebrity chefs, local chefs, celebrity winemakers/vintners, artisans, farmers, local craft spirits and beers, along with renowned wine, spirits, and beer brands from around the globe. The festival offers a mix of events for all budgets, with a variety of tasting events, shopping, live music, and more. You are sure to find the right ticket package for you and your friends & family from the descriptions here.

Local firm JRM Management has organized this event, so you know everything will be top-notch. If you have visited any of the larger outdoor festivals in the area, then you are sure to know of JRM’s handiwork. The firm manages and produces fairs and festivals throughout Georgia and South Carolina, including the North Georgia State Fair, The Great Anderson County Fair, the Big Shanty Festival, Smyrna Jonquil Festival, Taste of Smyrna, Taste of Acworth, Taste of Kennesaw, and more. The Georgia Food + Wine Festival will partner with SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center to bring funds back into the community.

With that, here’s a taste of what’s to come at the festival. Get your preferred event passes before they sell out!

Thursday, March 23 — “Best of Cobb,” presented by Cobb Life Magazine and the Marietta Daily Journal, 5:30-8:30 pm

The “Best of Cobb” is a showcase of Cobb County, Georgia’s best. More than 1,000 people gather to eat, drink, and recognize the county’s favorite businesses and service providers. Cobb Life Magazine and the Marietta Daily Journal’s Best of Cobb 2022 celebration recognized winners of a reader-decided contest that had more than 460,000 votes. *The Best of Cobb is a partnership event with the festival, tickets are sold directly by the event.

Friday, March 24 — “Fired-Up,” 7:30-9:30pm
Tickets: $75 Winter Rate (Jan/Feb), $85 March/Gate
This BBQ Extravaganza is a showcase of the Southeast’s most celebrated pitmasters and grill masters with wine, beer, and spirits plus live music and more. Enjoy unlimited beverage tastings in a souvenir glass, along with delicious grilled, smoked, and roasted gourmet BBQ bites — all included with ticket price. *FREE parking, 21 & older only event, no pets allowed.

Saturday, March 25, 1-4 p.m., “Savor, Georgia Food + Wine Festival”
Tickets: $79 Winter Rate (Jan/Feb), $99 March/Gate
A fun afternoon of culinary and beverage tastings, with live music, celebrity chef demonstrations, including renowned Chef Jernard Wells, and interactive stations from several world-renowned beverage experts. Tickets include a souvenir glass for unlimited beverage tastings from hundreds of wines, beer, and spirts exhibitors, and each guest will receive $10 in Tasting Credits that can be used to purchase additional credits throughout the festival.

“Savor” also will feature a variety of exhibitors, from an artisan market and farmers to live music stages. Guests will enjoy the Georgia Celebrity Chef Stage. This stage will feature chef demonstrations, with limited tasting sampling available. The stage will feature opportunities to learn from Georgia’s most celebrated chefs. *Stage tastings limited to the first 100 people in attendance for each stage session.

The Marietta Daily Journal Music Stage will showcase outstanding local and regional live music. A fantastic Silent Auction will feature a variety of items and services, from luxury and beauty, to travel and one-of-a-kind entertainment and dining opportunities. The auction will benefit SafePath. *FREE parking, 21 & older only event, no pets allowed.

Saturday, March 25, 12-4 p.m., “VIP Lounge ~ at Savor, Georgia Food + Wine Festival”
Tickets: $150 Winter Rate (Jan/Feb), $165 March/Gate
VIP Lounge tickets include early access to the festival and VIP Parking and crystal souvenir tasting wine glass. The VIP Lounge, presented by Atlanta Magazine, is an exclusive, fully catered VIP Lounge experience with special SWAG bags, restrooms, open bars with cocktails, live music and more. A limited number of tickets is available. The VIP Lounge ticket also includes full access to the general admission area of “Savor.” Each ticket includes $10 in Tasting Credits and can be used to purchase additional credits throughout the festival.

Sunday, March 26, 12-5 p.m., “Sunday/Funday” (Family-friendly event)
Tickets: $20 Winter Rate (Jan/Feb), $25 March/Gate
This fantastic festival finale, sponsored by Atlanta News First, will feature live music and a variety of delectable restaurant fare, farmers, artisans, and food trucks, and a variety of beverages for purchase. This family friendly event has something for everybody, including a free Kids Zone. There will be a variety of adult beverages available for purchase. Plus, the Sunday/Funday Lounge will feature specialty drink stations for purchase: Mimosas, Sparkling Wines, Bloody Mary Bar and Frose’ (Frozen Rose’) with a souvenir cup! *Each ticket includes 10 Tasting Credits. Children 12 & under are FREE, free parking, no pets allowed.

Sunday, March 26, 12-3 p.m., “Oyster Roast, VIP Lounge” (Family-friendly event)
Tickets: $65 Winter Rate (Jan/Feb), $75 March/Gate
Enjoy sipping and shucking the afternoon away while listening to live music and savoring unlimited wine, beer, and spirits tasting stations with unlimited buckets of oysters and BBQ. Oyster Roast, VIP Lounge tickets include admission to Sunday/Funday from 12-5 p.m. and VIP Lounge parking. *Each ticket includes 10 Tasting Credits. Children 12 & under are FREE, free parking, no pets allowed.

About Chef Jernard Wells
Jernard Wells is an award-winning TV host/celebrity chef/bestselling cookbook author. He is the host of “New Soul Kitchen” & “New Soul Kitchen Remix” on CLEO TV, and is well known from appearing on numerous cooking shows on the Food Network and Cooking Channel over the last decade. Additionally, Wells has been featured on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” ESSENCE, “Daily Blast Live,” USA Today, Lifetime, Oprah Winfrey Network, and HLN. The James Beard House Honored Chef is affectionately called “The Family Chef” because he loves using food to promote positive family images. He and his wife of 24 years have nine children. All six of his books, as well as his signature sauces & spices are available on www.hautecuisine.store. Follow him on all his verified social media pages at @ChefJernard.


Georgia Food + Wine Festival
Mar. 23-26, 2023
Jim R. Miller Park
2245 Callaway Road, SW, in Marietta
georgiafoodandwinefestival.com

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