A few raindrops this weekend didn’t keep the masses away from the annual celebration of food that is Taste of Atlanta.
If you’ve never been, Taste of Atlanta is the city’s best known food, wine, beer and cocktail festival that showcases the diversity of Atlanta restaurants. The festival attracts food lovers from Atlanta, the Southeast and around the world. This is the 14th year of “Taste” as the annual food event takes place in the heart of Midtown at Tech Square, around Spring Street and 5th Street. Taste of Atlanta is a chance to try different foods, see cooking demonstrations and talk to the chefs and restaurant managers that make Atlanta one of the vibrant food cities in the country.
The food is only one of the stars of the weekend as cooking classes and demonstrations were offered as was a Kid’s Corner, sponsored by Carnival Cruise Line.
Carnival Cruise Line hosted an exclusive Dr. Seuss-themed book reading and cooking demonstration for local children with former Atlanta Braves player, and current announcer, Brian Jordan.
Modeled after the cruise line’s fleetwide Seuss at Sea program operated in conjunction with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the event featured the former two-sport star of the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons reading the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” to dozens of aspiring chefs from the Atlanta-based Young Chefs Academy.
After the book reading, Jordan and Carnival Chef Roshan D’Souza conducted a cooking demonstration of Dr. Seuss-themed dishes served as part of the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, one of the many activities available within Carnival’s Seuss at Sea program.
The book reading and cooking demonstration were part of the cruise line’s sponsorship of the Family Food Zone renamed Carnival Kids’ Corner for this year’s festival.
“Fostering a passion for activities like reading and cooking is something I believe has the power to inspire learning and creativity among kids in Atlanta and across the nation,” said Jordan. “I am honored to be part of this wonderful event and read a classic book from my childhood, ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ so that kids of this generation can appreciate how fun and enriching reading can be,” he added.
In conjunction with the event, Carnival made a donation to Jordan’s charity, The Brian Jordan Foundation, which helps children and their families improve their quality of life.
The Carnival Kids’ Corner programming offered a variety of fun activities, as well as complimentary cooking demonstrations, with Chef D’Souza teaming up with locally and nationally-celebrated chefs to prepare simple, healthy dishes for children and their families.
Taste of Atlanta wraps up Sunday with more kid’s activities and more than 90 of the top Atlanta restaurants and chefs serving up their specialties to hungry and thirst attendees.