“Some of the best-tasting margaritas in the world are served right here in our city,” says Jeffrey Langfelder, event founder. “We are confident that the Atlanta Margarita Festival will become an annual event showcasing an array of tequilas and the talents of Atlanta mixologists - professional and amateur alike.”
A portion of the net proceeds from this event will benefit Camp Twin Lakes camper scholarships. “Everyone loves a great festival,” says Eric Robbins, executive director of Camp Twin Lakes. “You can have a fantastic time while also helping to support children who are coping with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. We are thrilled to be partnered with the Atlanta Margarita Festival for this celebration.”
The Atlanta Margarita Festival gets underway Friday, June 19, with a limited-admission Tequila 101 educational seminar from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn the origins and history of tequila, as well as, how to taste and smell various tequilas during a private sampling of four different types of tequila with a premium brand.
That same evening from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Taste of Tequila, guests will be able to sample more than 75 premium tequilas and mezcals and savor gourmet appetizers from top Atlanta restaurants while “Mad Violinist” Ashanti Floyd performs. Taste of Tequila will also feature a special silent auction, featuring such items as a trip for two to Jalisco, Mexico, to tour a number of different tequila producers, and an in-home gourmet tequila dinner catered by a top Atlanta restaurant. All auction proceeds benefit Camp Twin Lakes.
On Saturday, June 20, from 1-5 p.m., the Margarita Grand Championship offers the chance to taste and judge over 30 delicious margaritas at the South’s largest margarita contest. This competition is open to anyone, from local restaurants to amateur home mixologists, who will complete for cash prizes and the right to be crowned “Best Margarita in Atlanta” by a panel of celebrity judges. Admission to this event allows guests to sample all of the competing margaritas and vote which concoction wins the People’s Choice Award. For information about submitting a margarita for consideration, visit link.
“This is a fantastic chance to taste dozens of one-of-a-kind margaritas from all corners of the city,” says Vajra Stratigos, director of food and beverage standards for Fifth Group Restaurants. “Whether you’ve perfected a family recipe handed down through the generations, or you’re a server at the biggest restaurant in town, this is a fun and exciting opportunity to see how your margarita stacks up. I can’t wait to see – and taste – what everyone comes up with!”
For those not in a voting mood, the Margarita Fest will also be taking place on Saturday just outside the main tent area of the festival. This celebration promises a unique shopping and entertainment experience with the feel of a street fair. Guests can enjoy a diverse array of live music from 1-6 p.m., as well as a variety of Mexican and traditional festival foods, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and, of course, many different flavors of margaritas.
The Atlanta Margarita Festival is a 21-and-over event, and all attendees are encouraged to enjoy life and drink responsibly. Ticket prices are as follows:
· Tequila 101 seminar - $90; includes admission to Taste of Tequila and the Margarita Fest
· Taste of Tequila - $75; includes Margarita Fest admission
· Margarita Grand Championship VIP - $60 in advance for VIP entry at 1 p.m.; $75 starting June 1; includes Margarita
· Margarita Grand Championship - $45 in advance; $60 starting June 1; includes Margarita Fest admission
· Margarita Fest - $15 in advance; $25 starting June 1
· All-Events Pass - $120; includes Tequila 101, Taste of Tequila, Margarita Grand Championship, Margarita Fest
For more information on the premier Atlanta Margarita Festival, visit link.
About Camp Twin Lakes
Camp Twin Lakes provides year-round camp experiences at three medically-supported campsites for 10,000 children each year with serious illnesses, disabilities or other life challenges to help each camper grow in their confidence and experience the joys of childhood.For more information, visit camptwinlakes.org.