Atlanta September Food Festivals

End of Summer Luau

Grab your Hawaiian shirt and a grass skirt and make your way to Ponce City Roof for our 3rd annual End of Summer Luau sponsored by Cazadores Tequila! Join us on Saturday, September 2nd as we transform The Roof into a tropical oasis. Beginning at 7 PM, enjoy live DJs, traditional Polynesian entertainment, and Hawaiian-inspired food and beverage offerings across The Roof. After dark, we'll kick things up with a dance party and a limbo contest in our covered Terrace, complete with a prize package for the winner.

Event Features:
Two Live DJ's
Themed Food and Drinks
Polynesian Dancers
Limbo Contest with Prize Package for the Winner

Full-service restaurant, 9 Mile Station, will celebrate the day with flavorful dinner menu items inspired by traditional Hawaiian fare. Walk-ins are taken on as availability allows. If you prefer to secure your spot for dinner, it's recommended to make a reservation HERE which also serves as your ticket to the party. This ticket includes admission, unlimited access to boardwalk games, mini golf, Heege Tower, and a 3-story slide. Please note, that The Roof becomes 21+ at 7 PM, and all guests under 21 must exit. All food and beverages will be sold separately. This is a rain-or-shine event. The Roof is strictly 21+ after 7 p.m. *This year a portion of proceeds will go towards wildfire relief in Maui.

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

They've officially unveiled the chef lineup for the Tasting Tents and Gourmet Gatherings for the 12th annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) in Historic Fourth Ward Park from Wednesday, September 20, through Sunday, September 24! It's a phenomenal group, including names like Alon's Bakery, Talat Market, Le Bon Nosh, Lazy Betty, Little Bear, Humble Pie, Rodney Scott, and Katsuji Tanabe. This year, AFWF introduces a new Tasting Tents experience, "Atlanta After Dark." Co-hosted by Alyssa Fagien of @atl_bucketlist, this event will "shake up" the weekend's festivities with a selection of drinks from Atlanta's top mixologists, cocktail establishments, bars and spirits brands.

Tasting Tents - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

The grand Marquis event, the signature tasting tents include unlimited food, wine and cocktails, alongside live chef demos + interactive experiences from more than 60 top chefs!


Gourmet Gatherings:

AFWF's new series of intimate, in-restaurant experiences ranging from brunches, lunches, and dinners hosted throughout the city.


Savor the savings at the official AFWF hotel partner InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, where modern sophistication meets Southern charm. Festival attendees can indulge in up to 30% savings at Atlanta's leading luxury hotel, which is home to The Americano, an Italian-inspired steakhouse by celebrity chef Scott Conant. To book, visit this link here. This offer is valid for festival weekend only.

Open Hand Party in the Kitchen

  1. Open Hand is celebrating 20 years of its largest annual fundraiser, Party in the Kitchen, taking place at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7-10 p.m. This year, the event will honor Chef Gerry Klaskala, who has generously supported Open Hand for 20 years and has dedicated more than 9 years as a Chef Chair of Party in the Kitchen. Hosted by Chef Kevin Rathbun and Chef Peter Kaiser, along with Co-Chairs Marlene Alexander and Butch Whitfield, guests are invited to indulge in Atlanta's premier culinary social occasion, showcasing 20 of Atlanta's finest chefs. DJ Twitch and DJIT will take guests back into the decade of MTV, shoulder pads, and big hair as the evening pays tribute to 1988, Open Hand's founding year, with an unforgettable evening full of entertainment, flavorful food, master mixology and live and silent auctions."We are so honored to have Marlene Alexander and Butch Whitfield joining our chef co-chairs Chef Peter Kaiser and Chef Kevin Rathbun for this year's event," said Open Hand Executive Director Matthew Pieper. "Not only are they raising critical funds for our mission, but they are also paying tribute to our founding in the 1980s."Exquisite culinary masterpieces will be created by famous local chefs such as Kevin Rathbun, Chris Hall, Peter Kaiser, Ian Winslade, Doug Turbush, Stephen Herman, and others. Attendees will have the opportunity to not only savor delectable food and cocktails, but can also bid on a diverse selection of luxury items, ranging from exclusive travel experiences to captivating entertainment and elegant fine dining packages.Open Hand will host a Patron Party before the main event for VIP guests in the American Spirit Works Courtyard beginning at 5:30 p.m. Patron ticket prices start at $750 and include access to the main event. Attendees will have the chance to preview live and silent auction items, as well as the opportunity to mingle with Atlanta's celebrity chefs.Party in the Kitchen raises much-needed funds to support Open Hand's programs which provide access to home-delivered, health-promoting meals as well as nutrition education to those living with or disabled by chronic disease, homebound seniors and at-risk youth and families.Tickets to Party in the Kitchen are on sale now and can be purchased for a special rate of $250 through August 25 before the price increases to $300 per ticket. For information on sponsorship packages or to purchase tickets, visit

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