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Epicurean Adventure Comes to the Taste of Alpharetta

April 18, 2017

Delicious dining is a staple of Southern hospitality. Alpharetta is bringing the foodies what they want with the Taste of Alpharetta on May 4, 2017.

Beginning at 5 p.m., downtown Alpharetta will transform into a host of mini-kitchens in 10 x 10 tents representing over 60 of the best restaurants around. With an eclectic mix of dishes like downhome chicken sandwiches smothered in mushrooms to grilled shrimp on wild rice, decadent certified angus beef tartare topped with jalapeno goat cheese to spicy green chili pork tamales, bacon-drenched donuts to thirst-quenching local brews, and cupcakes of all sizes, Taste of Alpharetta is the premier assembly of all things delicious. Whether you’re looking to devour the best dishes from your favorite local restaurant or you simply want to sample something you’ve never tried before, this event is a one-stop shop for culinary wonders.

Admission is free, and food tickets are available for $.50 each. Deemed a Southeast Tourism Society Event for 2015 and 2017, the Taste of Alpharetta food festival is a can’t-miss event sure to fill your stomach and your soul!
Live music from harmonic rock, folk, and R&B performers will serve as the soundtrack to your Alpharetta food adventure! And, if you’re the type who loves to witness feats of pantry prowess, you can check out the Culinary Competition Stage where the apex of area chefs will battle it out in a gourmet gridiron to clinch titles like Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Casual, Best Fine Dining, Best Presentation, Best Dessert, and more!

Last year’s culinary competition winner, Alpharetta-based Wildflour, will be back again this year to see if they can clinch the title again. Wildflour owner and executive chef Michael Fields notes that the competition is an event he looks forward to each year, with more than six of those years resulting in big wins for his dishes. “We love participating in Taste of Alpharetta. We’ve been doing it for over fifteen years, and there has been no better way to drive customers to the restaurant.”

According to Chef Fields, the day-long food-focused event is a true labor of love for him and his team at Wildflour. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s also the most rewarding feeling because we get to show off a taste of our signature dishes to people coming from all over the place. They try our cuisine at the Festival, and then they’re hooked. We love the opportunity to keep people coming back for more,” he said. Chef Fields encourages visitors in town for Taste of Alpharetta to stay the weekend and eat lunch at his brick and mortar location to experience the wealth of flavors that embody Alpharetta’s most awesome aspects.
Chef Fields says Wildflour’s yellowedge grouper dish is a true source of pride from a culinary standpoint, but locals and visitors alike have fallen head over heels for the Seinfield Sandwich. This two-hander stars grilled chicken piled with Wildflour’s signature mushroom mix, coated in melted cheese, and drizzled with an herbed sauce. Warm and comforting, the Seinfield’s flavors embody Alpharetta itself. And Chef Fields’ newest culinary venture doesn’t stray far from home sweet home, either. “We’ve actually been working on BBQ for a while now. The sauce is incredible, and our BBQ is quickly becoming our latest signature dish,” he said.

Impressing the judges at the culinary competition certainly inspires Chef Fields to up the ante every year. “Winning at Taste of Alpharetta drives me to bring my A-game each year,” says Chef Fields, “I’m looking forward to showing what we do at Wildflour again this year.”

If you’re the type who experiences a wave of epicurean inspiration after witnessing Taste of Alpharetta’s culinary competition, you can whip up wonders of your very own at the Publix Apron School’s Cooking School. Located just over half a mile away from downtown Alpharetta, the school allows up-and-coming gourmands to learn how to prepare dishes for every occasion in addition to wine pairings and presentation. On Friday, May 5, you can allow the delicious afterglow of the festival to inspire you to create dishes all your own at a class teaching the basics on how to prepare Southern staples like Kentucky hot browns, sweet potato pudding, and chocolate pecan pie.

For those who love good music as much as they love good food, Chris Stapleton (a man who has certainly enjoyed his share of down-home Southern cooking) will perform Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta! Dance away the calories to hits like “Traveller,” “Whiskey and You,” “Fire Away.” Immerse yourself in all the best elements of the South—delicious food, amazing music, and just the right amount of raucous revelry.
Treat yourself to an entire weekend of Alpharetta’s epic epicurean offerings. From local restaurants like Wildflour to cooking adventures you can experience for yourself, it all kicks off with Taste of Alpharetta on Thursday, May 4, 2017!