One of the best parts about living in Atlanta is attending the various festivals that take place from April until December. It seems like there is literally one or more festivals every weekend during those months; from neighborhood associations’ tours of homes and chili cook offs to art shows and beer tastings, there is always a fun way to spend time outdoors. While musical performances are a must for every festival, I think that it is the competitions that draw the biggest crowd. In fact, Battle of the Burgers and the Chomp N Stomp Chili Cook Off are two of the most beloved neighborhood festivities. Attendees buy tickets and walk around to the different booths, tasting the goodies before voting on who should win the “People’s Choice Best of Atlanta” designation. At the end of the day, the winning chefs are rewarded with sophisticated acrylic awards for their hard work. When displayed in the chefs’ restaurants, these acrylic awards provide a sense of pride for the winner, a form of advertisement for the festival organizers, and a feeling of camaraderie for the entire neighborhood.
- Dec 4: Lanier Parade of Lights: Taste on the Lake at Aqualand Marina in Flowery Branch
- Dec 11: WinterGlassFest 10 – “A Celebration of Frozen Sand” at Sudioplex in Atlanta
- Dec 12: Swedish Christmas Market at Inman Park Trolley Barn
For more up-to-date information on happenings around Atlanta, be sure to check the Weekend Guide posted on our blog each Thursday.
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