Atlanta has its fair share of festivals, from beer to wine to barbecue. Now we can add brunch to the list. Mike DiLonardo, founder of Atlanta Beer Festivals, is hosting the city’s first brunch festival on March 5 at the Historic Fourth Ward Park from noon to 5 p.m. (Gates open at 11 a.m. for VIP pass holders.) A 21-and-up event, the Atlanta Brunch Festival will serve Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, beer, wine, and Champagne, in addition to brunch bites like pancakes, waffles, frittatas, and more from restaurants around town.
DiLonardo is still working out the details, but he hopes to offer food from restaurants like Folk Art, the Wrecking Bar, Front Page News, and Sweet Auburn Barbecue. “The idea is to have everyone bring two to three of favorite, unique options,” he says. “I’m sure there will be some nontraditional items, but when you go out to brunch, you usually have that option.”
General admission tickets start at $10 and go up to $50 for VIP access. Additional tastes will cost $3 each. VIP tickets will likely cost $40 to $60, DiLonardo says. They will include alcoholic beverages, as well as access to a special food tent with omelet and waffle stations. “Atlanta loves brunch,” DiLonardo says. “In my neighborhood alone, Folk Art has 50-60 people waiting on Saturdays and Sundays. [At] Highland Bakery and Murphy’s, it’s the same thing.”