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?

Serpas is “True Food”

Serpas

Serpas located in Old 4th Ward

Welcome to the first blog post of Tish Around Town (#TAT)! I’m really happy to start sharing my social experiences with you. My goal is to share my social world, and hope that you see something that can enhance and bring joy to your social life.

Picking the subject for my first post wasn’t an easy task. I have so many things I want to share, so many experiences I want to tell you about, but I had to narrow it down. I decided to start with a restaurant and though I was struggling to decide between some of my favorite restaurants, my confirmation came when I went to Serpas two weeks ago.

My partner in crime, Cherie, asked me for some suggestions for our friend Jamie’s birthday celebration. When selecting a restaurant food, service and ambiance, are the three things I look for. I suggested Serpas, Rathbun’s Steak, KR SteakBar, The Optimist and Sotto Sotto, which are some of my favorites (I will cover these in future blogs). She selected Serpas because it’s one of her favorites, and their menu can easily cater to both the foodie and non-foodie alike, which is a perfect selection for a group dinner.

Serpas is located in Atlanta, GA in the ‘Old 4th Ward’. It’s an old area with rich history that share the historical home of Civil Rights great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. Now, this “old” ward has a new facelift and Serpas is a part of this revitalized charm. Once you arrive, you can enjoy the complimentary valet parking, and then you’re just steps away from a savory meal.

When you walk in you’re greeted with a new school design with old school charm. An exposed brick wall makes the restaurant feel homey, yet chic. The open kitchen invites your senses to embrace the sounds and smells of food that are sure to please.

Our night started with a few drinks and selfies with my husband (my “Mister”) and Cherie at the bar while we waited on the group. Serpas has an amazing bar and because they change their drink menu a few times a year, you can always find something new to try. We tried the Country Mule, which was a great play on the traditional Moscow Mule.

Selfie with my mister & Cherie.

Selfie My Mister & Cherie at the bar

Country Mule

Country Mule – Tequila, Vodka, Honey, Ginger Beer, Grapefruit Juice

Our group arrived, and we were seated at our table. The meal started out with ordering a few appetizers to share. At Serpas, you can expect everything on the menu to look appetizing, and we narrowed our selections down to three: calamari, salmon chips and duck egg rolls. The appetizers were just amazing! We enjoyed all of them, but everyone really enjoyed the salmon chips the most.

Calamari

Calamari

Salmon Chips

Salmon Chips

The crab and mushroom-stuffed trout, the rib-eye topped with crab meat, and the duck breast were the three favorite dishes at the table. I had the rib-eye, and it was cooked and seasoned to perfection.

Trout

Trout stuffed with crab & mushroom

Rib-eye

14 oz Rib-eye topped with crab meat

Duck Breast

Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast

Serpas delivered excellently across the board. Well prepared food, great service and amazing ambiance is why Serpas is at the top of my list. Executive Chef/Owner, Scott Serpas, a New Orleans native, has used his many years of experience in the industry to create a perfect culinary dining experience. When you want a true culinary experience, come to the place where they give you “True Food”.

Make sure you check out Serpas for dinner or Sunday brunch. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Location
Neighborhood: Old 4th Ward
659 Auburn Avenue, #501
( Studioplex)
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Phone: 404.688.0040
www.serpasrestaurant.com

I want your feedback and comments. Have you been to Serpas before? What are some of your favorite restaurants?