Shrimp and Grits, Pork with Bacon Broth: A Decadent Weekend of Southern Flavors In Atlanta

Fearrington Village, NC. May 21, 2015 – The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will welcome the region’s foremost culinary talents to celebrate all things Southern from May 28 – 31, 2015. Fearrington’s own Chef Colin Bedford is one of more than 250 epicurean superstars who will convene for a unique weekend in the heart of Atlanta.

Chef Bedford joins an incredible ensemble of Southern-based chefs, restaurateurs, and sommeliers to comprise the Advisory Council, which serves as the voice of the Festival. Its members are committed to blending home grown traditions with diverse international cultures and flavors, making this weekend unlike any other culinary festival in the region.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity this year to participate in this event, said Chef Bedford. “I’ll be serving up Shrimp & Anson Mills Grits with Hickory Grove cream, red pepper puree and bacon jam at the Connoisseur Breakfast -Southern Elegance on Friday, May 29, and in the Tasting Tents later that day, we’ll be sharing pressed Heritage Farms pork with bacon broth, smoked onions and apple cider BBQ.

“As a chef in the South, I have access to an abundance of fresh ingredients from some of the finest regional producers, and I enjoy creating an interplay between my own British influences with these flavors in the seasonal menus we offer at Fearrington.”

Now in its fifth year, the Festival will delve deeper into the customs and influences that showcase the South in an authentic and modern way. By drawing inspiration from three key themes: Old Traditions, New Traditions and Imports & Inspirations, which is also referred to as “other Southern,” this milestone anniversary will bring more surprises from the kitchen and exhibit the South in a whole new light. “We are extremely fortunate to work alongside such remarkable talent that shares the same passion for creating a one-of-a-kind culinary experience as we do,” says Festival Co-Founder Dominique Love. “Our collaborations with chefs and restaurateurs who have put Southern cuisine on the map is a huge part of our success. We are so grateful to them for not only sharing their expertise but for continuously inspiring us to explore and celebrate Southern craft.”

The 80-plus member Advisory Council is dedicated to the development of the Festival’s highly praised programming and their involvement is reflected through entertaining cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tasting seminars, Learning Experiences, Tasting Tents, unique ticketed dinners and Southern-style evening events.

To see Chef Bedford at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, make sure to check out the following:
Connoisseur Breakfast – Southern Elegance Friday, May 29, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tasting Tents 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting #AFWF15 #DISCOVERSOUTHERN

About The Fearrington House
The Fearrington House is a member of Relais & Chateaux, an exclusive collection of more than 500 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in over 60 countries. The 32-room Fearrington House Inn features exquisitely decorated rooms and stunning garden views. The Restaurant serves locally sourced European cuisine with a regional influence. The Fearrington House Restaurant opened in 1980 followed by the Inn in 1987, and most recently, the Spa in 2010. Fearrington House is located eight miles south of Chapel Hill and 20 miles west of the Raleigh/Durham Airport. For more information visit

About Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Launched in 2011, by Atlanta entrepreneurs Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a four-day culinary experience celebrating the South. With an Advisory Council of more than 80-plus award-winning talent from 13 Southern states and the District of Columbia, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival offers carefully-crafted programs and events to entertain and educate consumers about the rich food and beverage traditions of the region. The Festival also celebrates the flavors of other Southern regions around the globe including Southern Europe, South Africa, South America, Southern Hemisphere (Australia and New Zealand) and South-of-the-Border for Mexico.


Helen Patrikis