8 must-do May food and drink events in metro Atlanta

Sake dinner at Nakato Japanese Restaurant / Photo courtesy of Nakato

Enjoy food from some of Atlanta’s top chefs for good causes and learn all about rosé and sake in May in Atlanta.

Eat up to help kids

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry will offer food and spirits from more than 75 of Atlanta-area restaurants, live, silent and beverage auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment. The event will be hosted by chef and Food Network personality Alton Brown and five-time heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield, and all proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

7-10 p.m. May 3. $250 per person. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. events.nokidhungry.org/events/atlantas-taste-nation.

 

Rise up for rosé

Wear pink and white to the inaugural La Fête du Rosé, which offers up bottles of rosé as well as picnic baskets curated by chef and singer Kelis. On the entertainment side, listen up for DJs and live music. Read more about how to enjoy rosé here.

Noon-8 p.m. May 5. $65-$250. Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta. lafetedurose.com.

 

Dine outside for a cause

Enjoy a day outdoors with Wholesome Wave’s Picnic in the Park. The event provides picnic basket lunches prepared by Atlanta chefs and restaurants such as Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Richards’ Southern Fried and General Muir as well as beer and wine, live music, dancing and lawn games. Proceeds will benefit Wholesome Wave’s programs aimed at providing fresh, healthy foods for low-income and food-insecure families.

1-4 p.m. May 6.$35 for a two-person picnic basket and $70 for a four-person basket; beer and wine open bar tickets are an additional $5 each. Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta. picnicinthepark2018.brownpapertickets.com.

 

Come out for crawfish

Enjoy a traditional crawfish boil for a good cause with Crawfish for Cancer. The block party will feature bites from soon-to-open Cabbagetown restaurant Mouth of the South, live music, 750 pounds’ worth of crawfish boil, specialty cocktails, giveaways, a photo booth and games. Proceeds from the event benefit multiple myeloma cancer research.

2-7 p.m. May 19. $65 until May 1, $75 until May 19, $90 at the door. MillTown Arms Tavern, 180 Carroll St., Atlanta. crawfishforcancer.org/atlanta.

 

Melanie Wade holds a bottle of Golda Kombucha / Contributed by Golda Kombucha

Fun with fermentation

Cultured South, the new kobucha taproom from Golda Kombucha founder Melanie Wade, will open with a bang with the second installment of Fermentation Fest. Look for fermented products from two dozen local and regional producers, educational science demonstrations, seasonal kombucha on tap, kombucha mocktails and live music. Fermentation pros are encouraged to bring their own cultures  for a “culture swap,” and guests can get samples from food truck and “mobile wellness cafe” Alkaline Junkie, as well as other fermented foods and drinks including chocolate, coffee, vegan cheeses, beer, cider, honey and sourdough crackers and breads.

Proceeds from the fest will be donated to Community Farmers Markets, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote a diverse local food culture.

Noon-6 p.m. May 20. General admission tickets are available for $10 online (kids under 15 may attend for free with an adult). Libation Glass Passes can be purchased for $15 and include a souvenir ATLFF tasting glass and five tasting tickets redeemable from any beverage exhibitor at the festival. Cultured South, 1038 White St. SW, Atlanta. eventbrite.com/e/atlanta-fermentation-fest-tickets-44614008701

 

Explore Atlanta’s bounty

Learn about the 20 varieties of fruit growing in Atlanta during Concrete Jungle’s Spectacular Fruit Ramble. The event will kick off by exploring fruit trees by foot or bike, followed by a fruit-themed carnival featuring food and local-fruit cocktails. Proceeds will benefit Concrete Jungle, an organization that donates harvested fresh fruits and vegetables to local food banks and shelters.

3:30-9 p.m. May 20. Ration and Dram, 130 Arizona Ave. NE, Atlanta. theramble.eventzilla.net

 

Explore Atlanta’s diverse restaurant community

Second Self Beer Co. and artisan butcher shop Pine Street Market are teaming up to host Feed Diversity: Building a Bigger Table. The outdoor tasting event will feature Second Self beers and a pig roast and grilled chicken from chef Andre Gomez of Porch Light Latin Kitchen in collaboration with Riverview Farms, Springer Mountain Farms and Big Green Egg. There will also be bites from Hyatt Regency, King of Pops, Saltyard, the Shed at Glenwood, South of Heaven BBQ, Steinbeck’s Ale House, and Taiyo Ramen and coffee beverages from Refuge Coffee Co. Proceeds will benefit local refugee charities Global Growers and Friends of Refugees.

1-5 p.m. May 27. $28 per person for food only or $42 per person for food and three pints. Second Self Beer Co., 1317 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta. culinarylocal.com/event/feed-diversity-building-a-bigger-table.

 

Sip some sake

Become a sake expert at Nakato’s sake tasting class, led by the restaurant’s servers, who are also Certified Sake Advisors. Participants will be served a seven-course meal, with each course paired with a different sake. The nuances of each sake, as well as the reasonings for the pairings, will be discussed.

7 p.m. May 30. $120 per person. Nakato Japanese Restaurant, 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. 404-873-6582, nakatorestaurant.com. Email fatini@nakatorestaurant.com for reservations.

 

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