Everything Was Just Peachy | Atlanta PeachFest 2019 Recap

Yesterday was a most beautiful day in the peach state, as Atlanta was the location of the 3rd Annual PeachFest. The event was held downtown in the newly renovated Peachtree Center, where 65+ chefs, farmers, and bartenders joined to pay tribute to the almighty peach. Peachfest guest had the opportunity to sample the best peach inspired dishes and cocktails from some of Atlanta’s most well-known chefs and mixologist.

There were so many great bites and sips. Below are my personal favorites!

Biltong Bar – James Cramer

Smoked Peach Old Fashion

Alma Cocina – Chad Clevenger

Peach Ceviche

Bar Margo

Housed Smoked Ivory King Salmon Tostada

Peaches ín Escabeche, Peach Salt, Micro Cilantro

Rathbun’s Restaurant

Peach Cheesecake

S & J’s Woodfired Pizza

Jalapeño Peach Pizza

Bar Margo – Tokiwa Sears

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Thanks for the peaches Pearson Farms! 🍑🍑🍑🍑

Photos Courtesy of DMHPR

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The 19th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2019-Miami, Florida

And just like that, the 19th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival has come to an end. My last experience of attending the food festival was in 2013 and it was quite amazing. Six years later, I was so excited to be attending this ultimate foodie event. As expected, it did not disappoint.

I attended the Goya Grand Tasting Village on Sunday. The weather was perfect on Miami Beach to sip and nosh through those famous white tents. After checking in and picking up my festival glass & swag bag, it was time to enjoy the day.

Festival Squad!

The festival features “talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, and culinary personalities. What’s better than a day of good food and an insane selection of cocktails, wine, and beer to wash it all down? It was a good day indeed.

My favorite bite of the festival goes to The Salty Donut with their insanely delicious donuts. I had their Maple Bacon and White Chocolate Tres Leche donuts. Best. Donut. Ever!!!!

The Salty Donut

Another cool part of the festival is all of the photo opps throughout the festival grounds. There were a lot!

The festival ended with a special performance from Atlanta’s own, Ludacris! He got the crowd dancing and singing along to some of his big hits like Move B$&ch, Yeah, and How Low.

If you’ve never been to The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it should definitely be on your list.

Save the Date!

February 19-23, 2020

Miami, Florida

First Annual Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic March 1-3, 2019

On March 1-3, 2019, head to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea to attend the 1st Annual Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic. This 3-day festival features world-class vintners, master sommeliers, and top chefs in Wailea. The event is curated in partnership with Christian Navarro of Wally’s Wines.

Event Schedule:
(Details are subject to change.)

Masterclasses
Friday, March 1, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wine tastings feature lively discussion moderated by sommeliers, rare vintages, and sunset views. Guests choose from one of the following:

-Brunello Di Montalcino Legend Biondi Santi

-Napa Valley Superstars featuring The Mascot, Realm, Dana Estates, Sinegal Estate, and Opus One

-Louis Roederer Champagne & Roederer Estate: Francevs. California

-A Discovery of Pinot Noir featuring Williams Selyem, Kistler, Peter Michael, Joseph Drouhin, and Maison Louis Jadot

-Louis XIII Cognac

Elite Wine Dinners
Friday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Intimate under-the-stars dinners feature one of the top wineries in the world and a visiting celebrity chef. Following dinner, guests will enjoy access to an exclusive After Party at the resort’s famed Serenity Pool featuring spectacular desserts by Four Seasons Maui Executive Pastry Chef Bruce Trouyet and Casa Dragones after-dinner cocktails crafted by the Resort’s Master Mixologist, Ben Yabrow. Guests choose from one of the following:

-Colgin Dinner featuring Chef Jennifer Carroll, hosted by Colgin owners Ann Colgin and Joe Wender

-Harlan Estate Dinner featuring Chef Jason Fox, hosted by Harlan Estate director Don Weaver

-Pio Cesare Dinner featuring Chef Jason McLeod, hosted by Pio Cesare seventh-generation winemaker Pio Boffa

-Marciano Estate Dinner featuring Chef Ryan Kluver, hosted by Marciano Estate owner Maurice Marcianoand winemaker Morgan Maureze

-Chateau Cos d’Estournel Dinner featuring Chef Peleg Miron, hosted by Chateau Cos d’Estournel brand director Etienne Nantes

Glassology
Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Resort Manager Martin Dell conducts a Riedel-certified glass tasting experience, leading guests through a hands-on experience where they discover how glass shape, density and size effects taste.

200 Anniversary Celebration with Champagne Billecart-Salmon
Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Guests will enjoy eight cuvees, including rare vintages, at family-owned champagne house Billecart-Salmon’s 200anniversary set in the Resort’s palatial Presidential Maile Suite.

Oceanfront Gala
Saturday, March 2, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Twenty-seven world-renowned wine producers, Casa Dragones luxury artisanal tequila, and innovative fresh local cuisine from Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and all celebrity guest chefs will delight guests at the grand tasting event set on the Resort’s stunning Ocean Front Lawn. Guests will mix and mingle with visiting vintners and master sommeliers, as well as the Resort’s robust staff of over 20 sommeliers.

Brunch & Bubbles
Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The weekend concludes with a lavish brunch featuring the best Champagne houses in the world and Italy’s top Prosecco producer, Bisol. Champagne producers include Dom Perignon, Krug, Moet & Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, and Billecart-Salmon.

The Resort invites guest to experience the entire schedule with tickets for two to all events and four nights in luxury room accommodations by reserving the Wine & Food Classic package. A la carte tickets are available through the Concierge. Guests must be age 21 years or older to attend all events. For reservations, tickets, or inquiries, call (808) 874-8000 or visit www.fourseasons.com/mauiclassic.

The Great American Lobster Festival 2018| Detroit, Michigan

The Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival landed in Detroit, Michigan today. The Great American Lobster Festival kicked off their 3 day festival in a most delicious way. I was excited to be in attendance to take part in the Lobster Meal Experience. And oh what a delicious experience it was.

The Lobster Meal Experience

The festival was presented by Lobster Gram, who flew in live lobster from the cold waters of the East Coast. This lobster was AMAZING! It tasted so sweet and fresh. I enjoyed the whole lobster and lobster roll meal options. Yes, I’m greedy! Each came with potatoes and a piece of corn. So TASTY!

About to smash this lobster!

In addition to the Lobster Meal options, guests of the festival could also enjoyed lobster creations from several vendors. We’re talking Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Fries, and Lobster Tacos! While noshing on your lobster be sure to stop and enjoy the live music line-up. This is even is family friendly so bring the kids! Did I mention that the Great American Lobster Festival is free to attend? Yes! Admission is free! You do have to options of purchasing The Lobster Meal Experience, which I highly recommend, or you can purchase food tickets to get food from any of the amazing vendors.

Loaded Lobster Fries!

If you are a big fan of lobster, definitely make your way to Detroit this weekend to get a taste!

For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.americanlobsterfest.com.

*Big thanks to The Great American Lobster Festival for inviting me as your guest. I had an amazing time!

The Great American Lobster Fest is Heading to Detroit, Michigan – September 14–16, 2018

The Great American Lobster Fest, the Midwest’s largest Lobster and Seafood Festival, is coming to Detroit’s iconic Hart Plaza for the first time this September 14, 15 and 16 from noon to 10 p.m.

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The three-day seafood celebration will feature lobster flown in fresh from the cold waters of the East Coast courtesy of Lobster Gram, family-friendly games and activities, unique arts/craft shopping, cold beverages and more. There will also be plenty of non-seafood items available to please any palette. Other festivities include a rocking live music line-up with more than 14 bands and musical acts throughout the weekend. Headliner performances announced for each evening are Ben Sharkey on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.; the Killer Flamingos on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. and Thornetta Davis on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Proceeds raised at this family community event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. This event is free to attend with a $5 suggested gate donation. Tickets start at $29 for the Lobster Meal Experience and go up to $79 for the VIP Experience now through August 15. Prices will go up to $34 and $89 respectively on August 16.

For more information visit www.americanlobsterfest.com.

Great American Lobster Fest Detroit Food Fest Lobster Roll

About The Great American Lobster Fest:

The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest’s largest Lobster and Seafood festival. Originating in Chicago, Illinois, it has hit the road this year to celebrate its 5th Anniversary and is now featured in 3 Midwest cities; Omaha, Nebraska (past, June 29 & 30, July 1), Chicago, Illinois (Labor Day Weekend) and Detroit, Michigan (September 14, 15, & 16). The fest features live music, live lobster and libations all weekend long from noon – 10 p.m. Tickets range from free (general admission) to special VIP Experience packages. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or pre-ordering lobster meal tickets, visit http://www.americanlobsterfest.com.

I Ate 32 Wings Today…Tales of a Hungry Girl in Atlanta

Today was the 3rd Annual Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown. If you have a love for wings, this was the place to be. If you have a love for adventurous flavors, this was the place to be. Basically you should have been there!

The sold out event featured 32 southern chefs, each putting their take on the all mighty chicken wing. After attendees tasted all of the wings, they then voted on their favorite.

There were soooo many amazing wings! Just when you thought you definitely tasted your favorite, the next chef blows your mind with another delicious wing! I personally had several favorites.

My most favorite was from Funk Seoul Brother with their Hot Honey Butter Korean Fried Chicken with Smoked Cashews and Mu Radish Bourbon Pickles. Oh what a tasty bite that was!!

The winner of the showdown was Canoe’s Chef Matthew Basford with his Sichuan Spiced Wing with Gochujang Honey Mustard. That was a tasty wing too!! Congrats Chef!!

Well I left a very happy and full girl! Can’t wait till next year!!

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2018 National Cornbread Festival | South Pittsburg, Tennessee – Shana Was Here

I’ve been to a lot of food festivals during the course of my food blogging days. But none quite like the National Cornbread Bread Festival. Yes! A cornbread festival! I know what you’re asking how in the world did I find out about this festival? Well it kind of started with my mom. She an avid cast iron skillet user and she LOVES Lodge Cast Iron products. I emailed Lodge to inquire about tours of their foundry. I thought my mom might really enjoy seeing where and how her beloved cast iron skillets are made. To be honest, I wanted to know too! The response I got back from Lodge was that they only have tours once a year, during the National Cornbread Festival! Say what?!?! That was my exact reaction when I read their email. Now when I tell my mother about this cornbread festival she flips out. She’s like where is it?!?? Let’s gooooo!!!

Upon further research, I find out that the National Cornbread Festival is in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, home of Lodge Cast Iron since 1896. This festival is a pretty big deal. Like a huge deal!! The festival got its start in 1998 and with a strong community of 3,300 people it’s been going on for the last 22 years. This celebration of cornbread also included a cornbread cook-off and several cooking demonstrations.

It didn’t take much to decide that this 8 hour road trip was going to happen. And that it did! We made our hotel reservations and we were on our way!

Upon the suggestions of previous festival goers, arriving early was your best bet to avoid the traffic. So we did just that and arrived at about 8:30 AM. We were able to get there with ease as well as score a great parking space.

Sage and Miss National Cornbread Festival 2018, Kenna Fuqua

After entering the festival, we grabbed a festival guide that also included a scavenger hunt. Fun! The hunt had you stopping at various stations to try different cornbread and to get a stamp. Once you got 10 stamps you brought it back to claim a prize. I earned a National Cornbread Festival pin for my cornbread eating efforts. Yay!

As we walked further into the festival we saw a long line forming. My mom got in the line while I went to investigate. I found that the Martha White tent was giving away some pretty awesome prizes. When it was our turn to turn the wheel, we were all winners! I won a Lodge Cast Iron Scraper. Very useful! My daughter won a Martha White apron. And my mom won a Lodge Cast Iron trivet. Nice!

The next tent was housed by Cracker Barrel. They too had a wheel of prizes to win. My daughter was the big winner snagging a cute mini cast iron skillet. We were already loving this festival and it had only been like 45 minutes!

Next we stopped by the Lodge Cast Iron Photo Booth to snap a few pictures!

Then we continue our scavenger and ate some more CORNBREAD! We also stopped along the way to check out all of the amazing vendors there selling lots of handcrafted items. Then it was time to enter CORNBREAD ALLEY!! I had read so much about it so I was really excited. When you enter Cornbread Alley you are given a plate and a napkins. With your plate in hand, you then continue to a line of several tents. Each tent has a group that has made their version of cornbread. After walking by and picking up each one, you sit down and eat it. Then you pick and vote for your favorite. There were some very interesting creations. I had a couple favorites that I will definitely be making since they were all so kind to provide their recipes as well.

Now for the icing on the cake. We save the best for last. We now headed to the Lodge Cast Iron Foundry to take a tour! This place is HUGE!!! Along our self guided tour there were several stops with videos to tell us what we were looking at. There were also a few employees there to talk and explain things to us too. It was an amazing experience.

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After the tour, we headed next door for a little shopping in the Lodge Cast Iron Outlet Store. We were going to be in here for a while. My mom LOVES anything cast iron! After shopping every inch of the store we left with a few bags of Lodge Cast Iron products. Crazy!!

The National Cornbread Festival was so much fun! So glad I was able to go and share the experience with my mom and daughter. For updates on next year’s festival visit www.nationalcornbread.com! It happens the last full weekend in April every year! Save the date for 2019!