Tish Around Town in USA Today!

Hey TAT Family!

I just want to drop you a quick line to share some fun foodie news! Earlier this month, I traveled to Aspen to attend the Food & Wine Classic. The entire weekend was nothing shy of amazing to say the least. I attended some great events, enjoyed great food, took in the sites of Aspen, and I met some amazing people. I also had a chance to meet some of my favorite celebrity chefs and foodie influencers.

But the biggest highlight of the weekend was seeing pictures of me in USA Today! As a blogger, getting photographed in a national publication is definitely a check in the win column.

Here is the LINK to the full article in USA Today.

I title this pic, Food Festival Focused! I was trying to figure out my next foodie move 🙂

I title this pic, Foodies Unite! I had a ball in Aspen enjoying great food, wine and spirits with some of my favorite foodie friends.

Here are a few shout outs for my fabulous look:
Red Sunnies by See Eye Wear
Bracelet & Earrings by Ava Michele Jewelry
Hair by Kim Mullins

I have so much to share with you about my weekend in Aspen.  I’m writing and pulling together all of my content, so stay tuned to Tish Around Town!

Until next time…See you around town!

Chat n’ Chew with Tish Featuring Nikki Lee Brown

Hey TAT Family!

In this episode of Chat n’ Chew with Tish, I’ll be featuring Nikki Lee Brown, founder of Urban Prosperity.  I had the pleasure of breaking bread with Nikki at Sixty Vines while discussing her career journey, from teenage mom to starting her own company, Urban Prosperity, and becoming a heavy hitter in financial services.

Nikki Lee Brown, Founder of Urban Prosperity

Nikki launched Urban Prosperity in 2018 with a focus on developing critical financial foundations for women of color to increase their net income and net worth.  Nikki’s vision is for the organization to help women achieve financial prosperity via content development, financial coaching, courses, and community engagement.  During our interview, Nikki’s passion shone through with the way she spoke about her desire to build a brand that can benefit women that look like her. She was very informative and stated that; “Urban Prosperity is my love story to black women.”  This one statement, which summed up her ‘why’ for starting Urban Prosperity is quite powerful and gave me ‘chills.’

Nikki is currently preparing a financial empowerment conference for women, tagged ‘Permission to Prosper Conference.’  In fact, my interview with Nikki is leading up to the conference, scheduled for Saturday, April 27that The Westin Galleria Dallas. Nikki describes the conference as a one-day experience focused on exploring the various ways, tools, and resources women can use to obtain financial wellness across multiple industries.  She is creating an environment that is beautiful and social, yet informative and inspiring.

When I looked at the conference topics, and guest panelists, I was quite impressed. Some of the top nationally known experts in beauty, fashion, real estate, finances, digital media, and marketing will be in attendance.  There are so many fabulous panelists to name, but some of my favorites are, Claire Summers of Fashion Bomb Daily, Fashion Buyer & Designer Nichole Lynel, and Supa_Cent of The Crayon Case.

Permission to Prosper Conference
Saturday, April 27th at The Westin Galleria Dallas

Nikki expressed during our interview that she’s most excited about the entry courtyard décor and the interactive activations at the conference.  This is because, besides providing a financial content packed event, she also wants to create an environment that is inviting and fit for a BOSS.  Over the years Nikki has attended a lot of women empowerment conferences, but her favorite is ‘Create & Cultivate’, which is founded by Jaclyn Johnson.  She loves the content, informative guest speakers, and most of all the interactive activations, which inspired the activations that will be at the ‘Permission To Prosper Conference.’

See below Q&A to learn more about Nikki Lee Brown (NLB):  
Tish:  Where are you from, and how long have you been living in Dallas?

NLB:  I’m a Proud New Yorker, who relocated to Dallas in 2007, so after 12 years it’s my adopted city.

Tish:  Tell me a little about your background in the financial services industry.

NLB:  I started in the financial services industry right out of high school and have held various leadership positions across Sales, Operations, and Wealth Management over the past 19 years.

Tish:  What inspired you to start Urban Prosperity?

NLB:  Since I’ve built my career in financial services, family and friends would come to me personally when they were making financial decisions. Over the years, those interactions have grown to include friend referrals, and I noticed a pattern, especially among women. Women, in particular, women of color did not know how to improve their financial situation. And, I validated my problem statement with industry data, which forecasted a dire story for women of color in particular. It was at that point that I knew I had to start a company to help women achieve financial wellness.

Tish:  Will the ‘Permission to Prosper Conference’ be an annual event?

NLB:  At this time we plan to keep the conference annual with smaller community events throughout the year.

Tish:  Are you planning any other upcoming events?

NLB:  Building community is one of our company’s four critical pillars, and as such, we will have an on-going event series to inform and improve the financial landscape for women.

Tish:  We ask all our Chat n’ Chew guests, what is your favorite restaurant in Dallas?

NLB:  Hmm… I’m an extreme foodie, so that’s hard. I would say my favorite restaurant for food is Ocean Prime, but my favorite for dessert is Kona Grill, as their butter cake is amazing!

About Sixty Vines
The Chat n’ Chew took place at Sixty Vines in Plano, and we had a light dinner and wine.  This is one of my favorite restaurants when I’m in the mood for trying a new wine, and I love their food.   Sixty Vines have over 40 wines on tap (yes on tap), so you have more than enough wines to pick from.  You also have the option of getting 2 oz, 5 oz, or 8 oz pours, or a bottle.  The 2 oz and 5 oz pours allow you to build your own wine flight, which is always a fun option when you want to try some different wines.

Sixty Vines Wines on Tap – 40+ Wines on Tap

Meatballs – pork & local wagyu, san marzano tomato sauce, pecorino romano

Crab Louie – gulf jumbo lump crab, tender bibb, marinated tomatoes, cucumbers, breakfast radishes, chopped free range egg, asparagus, classic louie dressing

I had a fabulous time interviewing Nikki, and I enjoyed hearing about her journey.   I left the interview inspired, and excited about attending the conference.  I leave you with some final words from Nikki about her commitment to women.

“My commitment to helping women achieve financial wellness is what drives me to do the work on a daily basis. My daughter is watching, and this foundation is her future.”

See you at the ‘Permission to Prosper Conference’ on Saturday, April 27th.  Get your tickets on Eventbrite.  Also, make sure you follow Urban Prosperity on Instagram for financial tips and news on upcoming events.

See you around town!

TAT Event Recap ~ SWIG + NOSH: Texas Style Wine Pairing & Tasting

Hey TAT Family,

I had my first SWIG + NOSH event in Dallas over the weekend, and it was a total success! I am overwhelmed with joy to have my first event sell out. I planned the event to be a private and intimate wine pairing & tasting, centered around Times Ten Cellars Texas wines.

The event took place in the beautiful Tank Room at Times Ten Cellars, and it featured four tastings and food pairings, thoughtfully put together by Sommelier Cait Maxwell and Chef Joey. Both Cait & Chef Joey explained each wine and food pairing in detail. Cait also did an excellent job with educating the attendees on the history of Times Ten Cellars and how to taste wine properly. In the end, the attendees had learned the 4 S’s of wine tasting – SEE, SWIRL, SNIFF, and SIP, and were able to score each taste based on the appearance, aroma, body, taste and finish.

Here are the wine and food pairings served during the event:

SWIG #1 2017 Chardonnay
Pairing: Mediterranean Assortment (stuffed grape leaves, peppers stuffed with feta cheese and olives)

SWIG #2 2015 Red Blend X
Pairing: Pimento cheese with paprika on crostini

SWIG #3 2015 Grenache / Syrah
Pairing: Roasted beef on polenta with balsamic glaze

SWIG #4 2016 Muscat Canella
Pairing: Cheesecake with macerated berries

There was also a discussion on the current state of the Texas wine industry, and at the end of the event, attendees received a parting treat from one of our sponsors – The Cupcake Experience. The treat was a cupcake infused with Times Ten Cellars Rose´wine, individually packaged for everyone at the event.  There were also some fun giveaways and prizes given throughout the event.

The next Tish Around Town event in Dallas will be in May. Get ready for THE BATTLE between a popular spirit and wine. Are you #TeamBourbon or #TeamRose´?

Stay tuned to Tish Around Town for the details on upcoming events and trips hosted by yours truly.

Big THANKS to everyone that attended, the sponsors, Times Ten Cellars, Cait, Chef Joey, and my brother, George, for taking amazing pictures of the event.

SWIG + NOSH Attendees – Please leave a comment with your feedback about the event.

Event Sponsors:
Couture Custom Print
The Cupcake Experience
My August Pink

See you around town!

Here are a few pictures from the event!

The table is set for SWIG + NOSH: Texas Style Wine Pairing & Tasting

Tish Around Town welcoming the attendees to the 1st SWIG + NOSH

Sommelier Cait Maxwell introducing the 1st SWIG 2017 Chardonnay

The day was filled with good wine, food and plenty of laughs

Tish Around Town chatting and getting to know the attendees

Sommelier Cait Maxwell pouring the 1st SWIG 2017 Chardonnay

Sommelier Cait Maxwell pouring the 2nd SWIG 2015 Red Blend X

The AKAs showed up and showed out to support Tish Around Town

Tish Around Town is wearing the WINO KNOWS Foodie T’shirt from Couture Custom Print…A WINO will know why this shirt is red & white 🙂

The Cupcake Experience provided this YUMMY Rose´ wine infused cupcake to each attendee

The Tank Room at Times Ten Cellars…The perfect location for SWIG + NOSH

What’s Next for Tish Around Town…

Hi TAT Family!

It’s been a minute since I’ve reached out to you via the blog.  I apologize for the eerie silence, and I promise I’ll make it up to you.

Over the last year, I’ve been traveling to some of my favorite cities and simply enjoying life.  I’ve also been focused on exploring the Dallas social scene centered around food and wine.  However, in the last couple of months, I took some time off to reflect on the next steps for Tish Around Town and see precisely where I would best fit in the industry.

Tish Around Town has always been about sharing my thoughts and experiences related to food with my family, friends and followers.  But now, I’m at a place where I want to take Tish Around Town to another level by hosting events and trips, with a focus on exploring and learning more about food and wine across different cultures around the world.

The plan is to host a variety of fun events and trips that’ll take your taste buds on a cultural and culinary journey while being educated by some of the best in the industry.  I will be hosting wine & cocktail tastings, supper club style dinners, food & wine festivals, and some other unique interactive events in Dallas and other cities…as well as out of the country. Tish Around Town is now going Around The World, so pack your bags and get ready to go on some tasty trips with me.  First stop on the international journey is South Africa March 2020 (more details coming soon).

DALLAS, make sure you SAVE THE DATE for my 1st SWIG + NOSH:  Texas Style Wine Pairing & Tasting scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:30pm.

Stay tuned to Tish Around Town, and don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list to be the first to hear about upcoming events and trips.

See you around town!

 

Brunching Around Town – Bolsa in Bishop Arts District

Hey TAT Family!

I’m re-launching a series I started on Tish Around Town called, Brunching Around Town. Brunch is my favorite meal of the week, so I try to make sure brunch is on my radar a few times a month. In the Brunching Around Town series, I will share some of my favorite brunch experiences locally in Dallas, Atlanta, and around the world.

I decided to re-launch Brunching Around Town with Bolsa, a restaurant in the Bishop Arts District, which is located in one of Dallas’ most unique neighborhoods in Oak Cliff. The district is a close-knit community with several independent restaurants, coffee shops, bars, boutiques, art galleries, etc., that’s always buzzing morning, noon and night. So, I had the chance to choose from several restaurants offering brunch. I ended up choosing Bolsa and enjoyed every minute brunching there.

Bolsa is a farm-to-table restaurant located in the western corner of Bishop Arts District. The restaurant offers healthy and appetizing meals made from the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers and ranchers, and their dishes and cocktails are seasonally inspired.

The restaurant building is quite unique – a renovated old garage with indoor and outdoor seating, and had a laid-back and rustic feel. In addition to its parking lot, the building is surrounded by plenty of street parking, so you won’t have to stress about looking for a parking space.

My dear friend, fellow foodie and travel buddy, Kanika was in town visiting me for the weekend, so I was under a little pressure to pick a good spot for brunch. I yelped around, read a few articles, and then I settled on Bolsa. We made reservations early Sunday morning for noon, and we were seated as soon as we arrived. Our server, Andrea greeted us promptly, and she was fun and quite attentive through the entire meal. There were a variety of foods with numerous options to pick from on the menu. They had it all, from classic brunch dishes and original dishes to brunch cocktails, soups, salads, and flatbreads.

I usually start off my brunch with one of my favorite brunch beverages; a Bloody Mary, Bellini, or Mimosa. This time, I had a mimosa. Bolsa’s mimosas come by the glass or by the bottle. The glass is priced at $5, and the bottle of Sparkling Wine is priced at $15 with your choice of juice orange, grapefruit, pineapple & cranberry. I usually enjoy the bottle option mimosas over bottomless because I can mix my own drink to my liking.

Grapefruit Mimosas

We had a few others join us for brunch so we were able to try a few entrees off the menu. We ordered Steak and Egg Hash, Iron Skillet Quiche, Beet Salad and French Toast “Cakes”.

Steak & Egg Hash – potatoes, peppers, onions, shishitos, fontina & s.s.u. egg

Iron Skillet Quiche – spinach, mushrooms & chèvre

Beet Salad – local greens, candied Texas pecans & goat cheese vinaigrette – paired nicely with the Iron Skillet Quiche

French Toast “Cakes” – seasonal berries & maple syrup

Bolsa has an open kitchen concept, which I absolutely love because it gives me the opportunity to engage with the chef, as well as see what looks good before ordering. At Bolsa, I had the opportunity to see them prepare the steak hash, so I knew what I was having before I sat down.   We loved everything we ordered and had a lovely time brunching at Bolsa. I will definitely be back for brunch, and I’m also planning to come back to try their prix fixe dinner.

Location – Bishop Arts District
614 West Davis,
Dallas TX 75208
Phone: 214-367-9367
Website: https://bolsadallas.com/bolsa

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 4:30pm – 10pm
Friday: 4:30pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Where do you like to brunch at in the Bishop Arts District?

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Tish Around Legacy Hall – Dallas Premier Food Hall

Hey TAT Family!

I found my Foodie Heaven in Dallas at Legacy Hall, the newest addition to Legacy West in Plano.  The hall, which opened in December 2017, is the first of its kind in North Texas, and like many other Texans, I had been anticipating the opening since I first read about it.

Legacy Hall is a European theme food hall that has over 30 unique food and beverage stalls offering cuisine from all over the world. It also has an in-house brewery and multiple bars, which serve specialty cocktails and craft beers.

The restaurants in the hall are miniature versions of existing and new concepts from some well-known local chefs. Chef Tiffany Derry from Bravo’s Top Chef serves her famous Duck Fat Fried Chicken with some other savory dishes at Roots Chicken Shak. Another local favorite, Celebrity Chef John Tesar from the acclaimed steakhouse Knife, who is a four-time James Beard semifinalist, also serves his famous burgers at Knife Burger in the Legacy Hall.

In addition to everything situated within the Legacy Hall, an outdoor venue called The Box Garden is under construction, and is scheduled to open Spring 2018. The Box Garden, will host live music, festivals, concerts, and other outdoor events.

I have been to the food hall a few times since it opened in December 2017. Here are the Tish Around Town Tips (#TATTip) for tackling the hall:

  • Bring a foodie buddy or come with a group – Bringing a foodie buddy is highly recommended so that you can share and try more things during your visit. This will allow you to enjoy our own international smorgasbord.
  • Bring your credit/debit card – The stalls at the food hall are cashless, so you have to pay with a credit/debit card or a Hall Pass. You can bring cash, but you will have to load it to a Hall Pass that can be purchased at a kiosk at the hall.
  • Come with an open palate – The variety of cuisines in the food hall gives you the opportunity to try a variety of international dishes along with some American favorites. China, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico and beyond are all represented in the hall, so come prepared to try them all.
  • Walk around before deciding on a meal – Make sure you take a lap around the hall before picking your meal. You can easily mix and match items from multiple stalls to create the perfect meal and enhance your experience.

Here are a few things I tried on my culinary journey through the food hall:

Roots Chicken Shak – Southern Cooking

The Duck Fat Fried Chicken & Fries

Note:  Make sure you checkout my blog on my fun cooking experience with Chef Derry – Cooking & Cocktails with Chef Tiffany Derry!

Red Stix Yakitori & Banh Mi – Asian Street Food

Yakitori-Grilled Meat Skewers – Beef, Chicken & Pork

FaQ’s – Authentic Mexican

Chicken Flautas

Enter The Bao – Chinese

Beef & Pork Belly Baos

Sea Breeze Lobsta & Chowda House – Seafood

Lobster Roll or as they say ‘Lobsta’

Main Bar

Craft Cocktails – 1st Froze´ made with frozen Rose´ wine, 2nd Prime Thyme with vodka, thyme, elderflower liqueur, honey, lemon, 3rd Bramblin’ Man with vodka, blackberries, mint, bitters, lemon, honey

Press Waffle Company

The House with nutella, cookie butter, fresh cut strawberries and house made whipped cream

Glazed Donut Works

Classic Chocolate Donut & Crème Brulee Donut

Legacy Hall is located at Legacy West:
7800 Windrose Avenue
Plano, TX 75024

Legacy Hall is open every day of the week:
Sunday: 9AM – 10PM
Monday to Wednesday: 7AM – 11PM
Thursday: 7AM – 12AM
Friday: 7AM – 1AM
Saturday: 9AM – 1AM

Have you been to the food hall?  If so, tell me what you think and what food you tried.

See you around town!

All Photos by Tish Around Town

Tish Around Park & Palate Grand Taste 2017

Hey TAT Family!

So, I had the opportunity to attend the event Park & Palate Grand Taste. I had run across the event on Facebook, and it piqued my interest because it was being described as one of the hottest culinary events in Dallas. That’s a pretty bold statement, so I had to go check it out.

Park & Palate is the annual fundraiser for Klyde Warren Park that showcases the region’s most popular chefs, as well as wineries and spirits from around the world. The two-day culinary event had a unique theme – “Pillars and Protégés,” which featured well known pillar chefs and up-and-coming protégés making collaborative dishes to showcase.

The event was held at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, which is 5.2 acres of urban green space built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It’s a beautiful park with a lot of fun activities and great views of the city skyline, and the perfect backdrop for this event. Attending the event allowed me to kill two birds with one stone because visiting this park was on my Dallas To-Do List.

The event kicked off Friday night with, “Down To The Root,” which featured two chefs, a pillar and protégé, from each major city highlighting the best of Texas cuisine. The night was also filled with live music and dancing. I attended the Saturday afternoon event, “Grand Taste,” which featured more than 60 chefs and 30 wineries, plus spirits, craft cocktails, and beer. My beautiful Mom was my foodie buddy for this event. The Grand Taste was from 2.pm – 6.pm so we arrived a little after 2.pm.

TAT Tip: When attending a food festival, it is better to arrive on the earlier side so that you can get the majority of the tasting done before the crowd shows up.

Park and Palate Grand Taste

Selfie with Mom, my foodie buddy for the day

We first walked around to get the lay of the land, and then we started on our culinary journey. The majority of tastings were delightful and pleasing to our palates. You can tell the chefs took pride in working together to curate the perfect tasting for this event. On top of the great food, there were also countless selections of wines and spirits to pair with the tastings.

Lobster Roll

Empanada & Pork Belly

Some of my favorite wines

The entry process was easy, and there were also no long lines at stations. However, it was an unseasonable 90-degree day in October, so we had to take a few breaks to get out of the sun, and luckily there were plenty of cool seating under the trees and umbrellas.

I, definitely, recommend this event, and it is now on my radar as an annual event I have to attend. My Mom is a newbie to the foodie events but she had a blast, and she will also be back next year too. This festival is well worth the money for the quality of food, the portion sizes and the plentiful pours of wines and spirits. I have been to a lot of food festivals and foodie events, and this one ranks pretty high on the list as a new favorite.

Chefs serving savory bites

Chefs serving delicious desserts

Having a mini photoshoot in front of the We Rosé wall

My new foodie friends

Dallas TAT Family, make sure you add Park & Palate to your social calendar for next year, and for my out of town followers, this would be a great event for a Fall weekend trip to Dallas. The weather in Dallas is usually beautiful in October, and you can also catch a Cowboys game or some other fun events that same weekend

Don’t forget to sign-up for the Klyde Warren Park Newsletter, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay in the loop on the next Park & Palate, and all of the other fun events at the park.

What are some of your favorite food festivals to attend in Dallas or other cities?  I will travel for good food so I just might make a road trip!

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Cooking & Cocktails with Chef Tiffany Derry – Tish Around Town

Hey TAT Family! It’s been a minute since I posted a blog. I’m sorry, I’ve been AWOL. I recently moved back home to Dallas, TX to embark on a new chapter of life, and took a few months to get reacclimated to the city and explore the social scene. Anyway, I’m back now, and can’t wait to start exploring the tons of great restaurant and events in Dallas and sharing the details with you. Don’t worry TAT Atlanta family, you’ll definitely continue to see posts about Atlanta, as I will be back on a regular basis to see family and friends, and to attend some of my favorite events.

So this summer, I had the opportunity to attend ‘Cooking & Cocktails – An Afternoon with Tiffany Derry’ hosted by RVC Promotions at The Brixton Shops at Legacy. The thing is I’ve been a fan of Chef Derry since her time on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7 where she was voted “fan favorite” and also was among the final four in the season. Not only that, she was also a finalist on Top Chef: All-Stars. Over the years, I’ve also watched her on Bar Rescue and Hungry Investors on SPIKE TV. So, when I saw the post for this event, I knew I had to attend so that I could finally meet my Foodie Best Friend (in my head), and taste her food in a fun, intimate setting.

Chef Derry giving cooking tips & tricks

The event was the perfect Saturday afternoon sharing good food, drinks, lots of laughs, and the opportunity to meet some new foodie friends. The event was a 3-course cooking class, with each course paired with a different cocktail. The class was very interactive, and Chef Derry did a great job walking us through the recipes in detail and answering questions from the audience. The recipes for everything she cooked were also given to us, so I will be trying some of these delicious dishes at home in the near future.

1st Course: Pork Belly with Watermelon Salad Cocktail Pairing: Rock N Mules – Western Son Vodka Mule

2nd Course: Beef Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes & Kimchi Vegetable Medley Cocktail Pairing: Live and Let Rye – Red River Rye, Black Walnut & Aztec Chocolate Bitters

3rd Course: Peaches & Cream Cocktail Pairing: Foxy Lady – Western Sons Apricot Vodka, Peach Schnapps & Peaches

Each course was simply amazing, and you can definitely taste Chef Derry’s Southern roots in her cooking. I enjoyed each course, but the second course was my favorite. The beef short ribs were so tender and full of flavor, and I’m still dreaming about those mashed potatoes. My favorite drink served was the ‘Live and Let Rye’ from the second course. I have been expanding my cocktail palate by trying more dark liquor drinks, and this drink was a perfect combination of whiskey with a sweet chocolate undertone.

The event was a reminder of my love for food and learning about food, and it gave me the inspiration I needed to get back to writing for Tish Around Town. If you enjoy trying different foods or love to cook, I strongly suggest you attend a cooking class and demonstration instructed by a chef. I have learned a lot of cooking tips and tricks during these type of classes over the years.

It was great meeting with Chef Derry after the event

Selfie with Mitzi, my fellow foodie buddy

Make sure you visit one of Chef Derry’s restaurants around Dallas. The Cupboard – Grab ‘N Go by Tiffany Derry is located in the Uptown Urban Market, and you can enjoy sandwiches & wraps, local artisan goods, salads and fresh sushi.

Also, checkout Root’s Chicken Shak located in Legacy Hall at Legacy West in Plano where Chef Derry is featuring dishes inspired by her mother’s Southern cooking. You’ll find her famous duck fat fried chicken on the menu along with some other savory dishes.  For more information on Legacy Hall, see my blog, Tish Around Legacy Hall – Dallas Premier Food Hall.

Root’s Chicken Shak – Duck Fat Fried Chicken & Fries

Thanks, RVC Promotions for curating a great foodie event, and thanks to Western Son Distillery for the awesome drinks!

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Atlanta’s Best Food & Music Festivals for 2015

photo-9Happy New Year TAT Family! As you work on setting your new year’s resolution goals, make sure getting to a festival in 2015 is on your list. Savory food, good music and great weather are the 3 essentials for a fun and memorable festival. There is not a shortage of festivals in Atlanta, and you can find multiple festivals every weekend to satisfy your social cravings for food and music.

I decided to kick off 2015 by sharing some of my favorite festivals that I strongly suggest you add to your social calendar. I feel a festival is a great way to unite with family and friends while enjoying great food, music, art and culture.   Over the years, I have attended some amazing festivals around Atlanta, and some have been very memorable, and I look forward to attending them annually.

Make sure you share this blog with your family and friends, and save this page in your favorites to stay in the loop as the 2015 festival dates are announced.  Also, stay tuned to @tisharoundtown on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) for additional festival details, ticket information and reviews on the #TATApproved food & music festivals around Atlanta.

See you around town TAT family!

Note: Click the name to access the festival website for additional information.

Saturday, 2/21 & Sunday, 2/22 – 28th Oyster Festival
Location: Midtown

Saturday, 2/28 – Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Location: Atlantic Station

Saturday, 3/14 – Suwanee American Craft Beer Festival
Location: Suwanee

April 2015 (exact date TBD) – 11th Annual Rathbun’s Anniversary Party
Location: Old Fourth Ward

Friday, 4/10 – Sunday, 4/12 – 79th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Friday, 4/17 – Sunday, 4/19 – Sweet Water 420 Fest
Location: Centennial Olympic Park

Friday, 4/24 – Sunday, 4/26 – Inman Park Festival
Location: Inman Park

Friday, 5/8 – Sunday, 5/10 – Sweet Auburn Springfest
Location: Downtown/Auburn Ave

Friday, 5/22 – Sunday, 5/24 – Atlanta Jazz Festival
Location: Piedmont Park

Saturday, 5/23 – Atlanta Caribbean Carnival
Location: Downtown

Thursday, 5/28 – Sunday, 5/31 – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Location: Midtown

June 2015 (exact date TBD) – Virginia-Highland Summerfest
Location: Virginia-Highland

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – One Musicfest
Location: TBD

September 2015 (exact date TBD) – Music Midtown
Location: Piedmont Park

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – Taste of Atlanta
Location: Midtown

October 2015 (exact date TBD) – A3C Festival
Location: TBD

November 2015 (exact date TBD) –Decatur Wine Festival
Location: Decatur

Sunday, 11/8 – 15th Annual Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Location: Chattahoochee Hills, GA

Whatever your flavor when it comes to music, food, art and culture, Atlanta’s festivals are sure to have something you will enjoy.

What festivals will I see you at this year?

Tish Around The Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

Taste of Atlanta 2014

If you missed the Taste of Atlanta this year, you missed what could almost be described as a festival for your taste buds! The Taste of Atlanta is a staple food, wine & cocktail festival that has been around for over a decade. The 3-day food festival featured 90 restaurants, 4 live cooking stages, and the option of enjoying the VIP Experience, which included sample cocktails, craft beers and wines from around the world.

I had the opportunity to cover this event on Sunday and it was truly the highlight of my weekend. I attended the event with my brother, George who also was my photographer for the day, and my good buddy Angela, who was very instrumental in brining Tish Around Town to life.

The weather was prefect, which was a key ingredient to making Sunday a perfect day for tasting some of the best food Atlanta has to offer. Our taste buds were aroused with the smell of good food even before we entered the gates. Everything looked tempting so I knew we were in store for a tasty day. We started with getting the lay of the land, and coming up with the perfect plan for eating our way through the streets of Tech Square. The coordinators of this festival made it easy for getting around by grouping the restaurants by neighborhoods. This was a great way to experience food from a particular neighborhood or area of town.

I’ve been to a few food festivals in my day, and the one thing I can say about the Taste of Atlanta, is the food portion to food ticket ratio was perfect for tasting. The majority of the tastings were 2 – 3 tickets each, and most of the portions could be shared to allow for you to taste more food. On top of tasting the food, there were some fun interactive chef demos and food competitions featuring some of Atlanta’s best chefs.

I had a great time meeting some of my social media friends, and I made some new friends along the way. If you like trying different foods, or want to learn more about food, make sure you add the Taste of Atlanta on your list of things to do in 2015. This is a Tish Around Town approved festival, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I will let the pictures below tell my Taste of Atlanta culinary journey. See you next year!

Our firs stop was at Aja's booth.  The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Our first stop was at Aja’s booth. The BBQ Pineapple Duck Fried Rice & Angry Wings were delicious!

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta!  #GramFam

Thanks Angela for joining me for the Taste of Atlanta! #GramFam

Jim N' Nick's BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ ribs were YUMMY!

BurgerFi had he longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

BurgerFi had the longest line but this Double Cheese Burger was well worth the wait!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N' Cheese was delicious!

Good Champion BBQ Mac N’ Cheese was delicious!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta.  Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

It was great meeting Wanda & Dawn at the Taste of Atlanta. Thanks ladies for the fun Outkast dance break!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Check out my new foodie friends Kimberly & Ashley!

Cafe Intermezzo's Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Cafe Intermezzo’s Oreo Cookie Cheesecake was a winner!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Authentic Italian pizza from Don Antonio!

Big Pretzel!

Big Pretzel!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

See you next year Taste of Atlanta!

Photos Credit:  George Hinchen III aka Mr. Armani