Weekend Planner: Festivals Abound, From Beer to Barbecue and MoreBy Christopher Hassiotis
April 3, 2014 By Christopher Hassiotis | April 3, 2014
Boil: Atlanta's newest intown festival is this weekend's inaugural Beltline Boil at the Fourth Ward Skate Park Meadow. The two-day schedule includes music, food and more. Chefs from nine restaurants near the Beltline's Eastside Trail - including Serpas, 4th & Swift and Two Urban Licks - face off in a crowd-judged Low Country boil on Saturday from Noon–3 PM, with the winner choosing the charity who receives a cash prize ($10-$20; Sat. 11 AM-9 PM, Sun. 2-8 PM; 404-885-1365).
Drink: The fifth annual Beer Carnival returns to Atlantic Station on Saturday, April 5. What has historically been the Winter Beer Carnival shifts this year to early spring, showcasing more than 100 beers as well as midway games, food trucks and carnival rides ($40-$75; 1-5 PM; 404-733-1221).
Queue Up: After two years at the SweetWater Brewery, the annual celebration of barbecue and beer known as Hogs & Hops moves to the Masquerade Music Park on Saturday, April 5. General admission to the festival includes unlimited beer samples, five food tickets and two dessert tickets; VIP tickets allow for early access and unlimited food as well. More than a dozen local purveyors of barbecue (and more) and two dozen breweries will be on hand to provide for the masses, and there's live music all day ($45-$80; 2-6 PM).
Give: Cabbagetown Strong, a neighborhood charity beer stroll, takes place on Saturday, April 5. Starting in the afternoon at Six Feet Under then progressing to Agave, The Stacks and Milltown Tavern, the event's all in the name of raising money to help build houses for three Filipino families affected by typhoon damage ($35-$55; 5:30 PM-midnight).
Feast: The second annual New South Family Supper we told you about last week takes place on Sunday, April 6. The massive event brings together the region's top chefs for an exclusive, expensive day of food and drink at hosts Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison's Summerland Farm in Cartersville. Shuttle buses leave from Star Provisions in Westside, and the event benefits the Southern Foodways Alliance ($250; 3:30-7:30 PM; 662-915-3368).