Vegans may take a pass, but fromagiers will be flocking to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Friday, October 9, as it once again hosts the Atlanta Cheese Festival. The event brings more than 100 local and global artisan cheese producers to our city for a night of tastings, seminars and sales. There will be live music too.
The festival runs from 5:30 -10 p.m. General admission is $37.50 and includes one drink ticket.
VIP admission is $75 and includes a gift bag, early admission to the event, two drink tickets and a cheese pairing seminar with the guest’s choice of bourbon, wine or beer. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.atlantacheesefestival.com. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.
Cheese heads eagerly await the Meltdown, where local chefs compete for the best take on grilled cheese –and attendees get to sample the results! New this year is the Macdown –same deal with the comfort classic mac and cheese. Participating restaurants include Home Grown GA, Saltyard, Gunshow and High Road Ice Cream & Sorbet. One’s new favorite cheese awaits!
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is located at 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, 30309. There is limited park-ing in the gardens’ deck. Parking is $5 for a vehicle with four or more persons; $10 for a vehicle with less than four.
- Steve Kilbride