Taste of Atlanta– Atlanta’s Premier Food Festival {Review}

This past weekend, Darren and I had the opportunity to attend Taste of Atlanta in Midtown Atlanta.  This was our first time attending the festival, but I can say with certainty that it will not be our last!

This mouth-watering festival brings together almost 100 of Atlanta’s top restaurants.  Combine that with cooking demonstrations, competitions, and even some workshops, and you have a true recipe for some tasty fun!

With the purchase of a ticket to the festival, you are given 10 “taste tickets” to use.  Throughout the festival, each of the participating restaurants has a booth set up containing some of their signature dishes.  Each item can be “purchased” for a different number of tickets.  I only saw one thing that didn’t cost between one and three tickets.

Now, let’s talk about some of the DELICIOUS eats that Darren and I enjoyed.  I will say that we ate nothing that wasn’t amazing, so any of these restaurants would surely be a great choice for an evening out.

Ri Ra Irish Pub was serving up a tasty fish and chips basket.   The fish is crispy, breaded North Atlantic Haddock and the chips are hand-cut.  We both could have gone for seconds– this dish was incredible.  Fish and Chips can be found on both the lunch and dinner menu at Ri Ra Irish Pub.

We… okay I enjoyed some absolutely wonderful chocolate fondue from The Melting Pot.  The chocolate fondue was served with strawberries, poundcake, and brownie.  This dish was so delicious that I only gave my husband a small bite of the pound cake.  I kept everything else all to myself.  I was only sad to hear that the closest location to us in Charleston is several hours away!

Ray’s New York Pizza is the only booth we visited twice.  What can I say… their pizza was hot and scrumptious!  The actual Ray’s New York Pizza was located right behind the festival booth, so they were constantly bringing out new pans of steaming hot pizza.  We tried pepperoni and a ham and cheese, and both were really good.  The sauce had this sweetness to it that I really loved.  We will definitely be visiting this pizza joint again.

 We also stopped by local three and got one of their delicious Triple Chocolate Cookies.  Okay… we honestly got three.  After I tasted how yummy these cookies were, I had to get one to take home to my little one!  And, Darren had to get one of his own because I definitely was not sharing.  If you visit the restaurant, you may not find these cookies, though.  local three changes their menu based on inspiration and what ingredients are the freshest.

In addition to all of the restaurants, there were quite a few well-known brands at the festival handing out samples and information about their products.  King’s Hawaiian Rolls, Edward’s Pies, Chobani Champions Yogurt, Honest Tea, Lara Bar, and Cascadian Farms were just a FEW of the brands we chatted with and sampled food from.

Taste of Atlanta has already ended for 2012.  However, I recommend you follow along with the festival on Facebook or twitter so that you know when the dates for Taste of Atlanta 2013 are announced.

Disclosure:  I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I received complimentary festival tickets for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.