John Mariani called the Charleston festival the best in America. I think a large part of Charleston’s success is the local support and accommodation. Of course Charleston is a very desirable place to visit, a beautiful city with lots to see and do, ground breaking restaurants, and the industry people treat the event like a reunion of sorts.
But I saw no silver bullet, no force that is stopping Atlanta from becoming just as successful in our own way. A tasting tent is a tasting tent (and a shit show at that). Demos, education, and overall chef/producer involvement is critical, and they are only going to keep coming if we put some butts in seats. Unfortunately I am out of town this weekend for some family events (family first!) otherwise I would purchase the same one day pass that I bought last year.
I can’t wait to hear that this year was even better than last.