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Five things to look for at Taste of Atlanta this weekend

The three-day Midtown local culinary festival, Taste of Atlanta, returns to Tech Square this weekend. Here's a quick clip of what to expect:

There are more than 80 restuarants participating, lots of cooking demos, and many drinks to be had, so how should you keep it all straight? Here's five ideas for the weekend:

1. Have a drink at the bartender competition
Everything goes down easier with a drink or two, right? Stop in for a cocktail sip or two before heading out to the tasting tents. On Saturday, the semi-finals competition gets going in the VIP tasting tents from 12:30-2:00 pm. On Sunday, the final competition starts at 3:45 pm in the Inside the Food Studio tent.

2. Get some pastured poultry Bantam and Biddy style
Bantam and Biddy, Shawn Doty and Lance Gummere's new restaurant in Ansley Mall, hasn't opened yet, but Gummere will be showing off some chicken butchering and cooking skills in the Kitchen Workshop on Sunday at 1:15 pm. Will Harris of White Oak Pastures will be on hand for the seminar, too.

3. Get an early taste of the General Muir
Be one of the first to taste the offerings of the General Muir, a contemporary Jewish restaurant opening near Emory at the end of this year. Looks like they'll be offering just a couple sweet bites (Warm chocolate babka and Rugelach), but we have a feeling this is an upcoming one that you'll want to have on your radar.

4. Try a restaurant that isn't near your neighborhood
The local restaurants recruited for Taste of Atlanta cut across the full geography of Atlanta, from the Westside to Virginia Highlands to suburbs like Marietta and East Cobb. If you're coming in from OTP, maybe this is the right time to taste the Todd Richard's cooking from the Shed. If you're an intowner that never ventures pass the 285 boundary, you might want to give Seed a shot.

5. Learn sustainable seafood with Adam Evans of the Optimist
Adam Evans, executive chef of Atlanta's new seafood hotspot the Optimist, will be talking catching, cleaning, and cooking sustainable seafood with experts from the Georgia Aquarium on Saturday at 1:15 pm in the Kitchen Workshop tent.