WORTH EVERY BITE! Atlanta Street Food Festival 2013
Written By C.B. Fletcher
Atlanta Street Food Festival might as well have been a carnival, the way it lit up Piedmont Park with an array of tantalizing smells and music. Despite the gloomy weather, people arose in droves and lined up to eat up their favorite and newly discovered foods. Although the event discouraged furry friends, they too joined the party on leashes and in strollers (not kidding!), but no one seemed to care. With music from Bird City Revolutouinaries, Gritz & Jelly Butter, Jade Novah, Men in Blues, Mishon, Second Hand Swagger, and Southland Romeo, the crowd was amped and ready to enjoy great eats. We made our way down the extensive line of trucks and enjoyed American, Asian, Creole, French and Latin food, as well as delicious sweets.
First stop was Williamson Brothers BBQ that gave us a sneak peek of what we were getting in to. And what a peek! There were savory and saucy BBQ ribs, chicken, sausage and more that woke up our senses and stomachs. Now what’s BBQ without a side of fries? We were not expecting the surprisingly delicious Parmesan and honey fries from Ibiza Bites. This Latin-Southern fusion truck blew us away with the sweet and salty mixture fries and white peach tea that washed down our BBQ.
We worked our way through the crowd to the long line in front of Yumbii. This Korean with a Latin twist food truck played with your mind- where you expected Mexican flavors, you were surprised with tangy and spicy Korean style sauces in their version of tacos, quesadillas, and more. Once we were ready for dessert, we satisfied our sweet tooth with strawberry hazelnut crepes, complete with homemade Newtella (yes, they create their own form on Nutella) from A Moveable Feast . Their variety of French crepes lights up your heart, just like the owner and staff who welcome you with open arms.
Speaking of sweets, ChayJ’s, Honeysuckle, and Yum Yum Cupcakes will send you to the gym with no regrets. In the spirit of New Orleans, ChayJ’s throws everything in to a pot and out pops goodness. These concocted goodies will raise an eyebrow and make your tummy dance…in a good way. Sea salted caramel gelato from Honeysuckle will make your heart sing! Yum Yum cupcakes lives up to it’s name, judging by the length of the line! It was easy to nom down Dorothy, their amazing cafe con leche cupcake. There were a few beer and margarita stands, but the real party was in the Bombay Gin makeshift cabana, where you learned to make your favorite cocktail for free! The line and drink making was slightly chaotic, but totally worth it! We ended up making The Queen Bee.
If you needed to walk off the buffet of goodness or sober up, the festival had a few other vendors to accommodate you. Radio station V-103 made an appearance with games and prizes. African Jewelry, Shea butter, and honey were displayed and sold. There was even a tent for people to sign a politically charged petition. Our favorite was the henna tent run by Hennadeva. Getting a henna tattoo was the perfect way to end our visit. We definitely recommend attending this flavorful event next year!