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What you missed at the food truck park finale of Black Restaurant Week

The inaugural Atlanta Black Restaurant Week ended with a bang at the first black-owned Atlanta Food Truck Park on Sunday.

More than 1,000 attendees rolled through SoundBites: Atlanta Food Truck Park to eat up soulful and tasty fare served up by black chefs, restaurants and food trucks. The multi-cultural foods at the festival ranged from pop culture dishes like the Olivia Pope catfish baskets from Atlanta Seafood Company  to coffee-infused frozen treats from Mocha Pops.

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Warren Luckett, founder of Black Restaurant Week, said he decided to expand the week from Houston to Atlanta, because he feels like the city's demographics are a perfect fit.

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"When we found out that the Atlanta Food Truck Park was black-owned, we realized that it was a match made in heaven," Luckett said. "We were trying to highlight the culinary scene in Atlanta as much as possible."

The full-scale event was fun for the whole family with the offerings like bounce houses for kids,15 vendors from those with delectable cuisines to merchandise for the summer. 

Live music was in the backdrop for the foodies in attendance, courtesy of Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter Bryan- Michael Cox, Decoteau, Abe Hyde, Dibiase, Mike Nasty, Mix Master David and Ohso.

"It's just a celebration of our culture. We were looking to highlight the African diaspora. So, anyone from Africa to the Caribbean to all of black America," Luckett said. "And while we want to showcase them and highlight them, this event is really for everyone. It's an opportunity to open up our culture."

When Ashley Hanna-Holloway received an email about the event, she knew she had to stop by to taste some fried shrimp and ice cream. As a part of Black Restaurant Week, she previously tried curry goat at Mangos and Caribbean food at Spice House.

"I was actually looking for black-owned food trucks in general. So, I get to get a one stop shop," Hanna-Holloway said.

Tan Bowers, owner of the first black-owned Atlanta Food Truck Park, said she hopes for festival goers to feel the park's positive energy and creativity.

"I think it's great to be able to support cultural events. To have the first Atlanta Black Restaurant Week, and it's been an epic week of events. I think it is great for the city," Bowers said. "I hope that when people come they will be able to appreciate that this is Atlanta's one and only food truck park. It just so happens to be African-American-owned."

Since Lauren Williams' mom was in town, she decided to get out and enjoy the warm weather at the food truck park. Once Williams arrived, she grabbed food from Jerk Brothers and the Olivia Pope at Atlanta Seafood Company. To top off her day, she cooled off with 2 Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets' cookies & creme cheesecake ice cream.

"I think we are tapping out after this. This is the third thing to finish us off," Williams said.

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Bower's food truck park business partner Dexter Temple is looking forward to next year's event and expects for it to be "bigger and better."

"I hope that the festival continues to grow, to add on, continue to build relationships. When you are doing any type of festival, you are not just there to enjoy yourself. You are there to educate," Temple said.

Alcohol delivery service expands to new U.S. cities

It's like pizza delivery, just minus the pizza and add the alcohol. 

Beginning Thursday, Floridians in Jacksonville can have alcohol delivered right to their door steps.

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Drizly, a Boston-based company, is partnering with a packaging stores to expand the delivery service. 

Kerin Horgan, who handles public relations for Drizly, said the company decided to expand to Jacksonville because of the young demographic. 

"People are looking for, you know, the next service that can make their life that much more easier and convenient," Horgan said. 

The service allows customers to order alcohol from nearby liquor stores using either the app or desktop site.

Once the order is placed, the delivery comes from an employee of the store or someone contracted by the store. The delivery cost is a flat $5 fee. 

Parents needn't worry about their children or teenagers abusing the service. Upon delivery, the drivers will scan the customers' ID to verify they are 21.

Drizly is available in 28 cities, including Seattle, Tampa Bay, Orlando and Austin, Texas.

Internet celebrates National Beer Day

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Happy National Beer Day!

Tuesday marks 82 years since the Cullen-Harrison Act, which legalized the sale of beer, went into effect on April 7, 1933.

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The "holiday" has not gone unnoticed on social media. Click here or scroll down to see what people are saying, and join the conversation with the hashtag #NationalBeerDay.

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American Craft Beer Week

The Brewers Association is happy to assemble American Craft Beer Week, the mother of all beer weeks, each May. This celebration, coordinated by the Craft Beer Program, is an exciting opportunity for craft brewers to commemorate their art and tradition with enthusiasts across the country.

The Atlanta area is no stranger to craft beer, with nearly 27 local breweries in the Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. You no longer have to seek out a large distribution liquor store or an imported beer menu to quench your thirst for a fine brew either, growler stores and brew pubs focusing on local offerings have been cropping recently up in the suburbs as well.

So it will be easy to celebrate American Craft Beer Week by supporting local businesses.

Here's some of the newest breweries in the Atlanta area - look for their offerings on tap at area restaurants and bars

  • Blue Tarp: Opened in December 2012 in Decatur, they offer 5 signature brews and are open for tours and tastings. Take a tour
  • Creature Comforts: The second brewery to open in Athens, Georgia began producing beer last month.
  • Eventide Brewing: Atlanta's newest brewery, Eventide prides themselves on simple beers done well.
  • Jekyll Brewing: Located in Alpharetta this brewery's name pays tribute to the location of the first brewery in Georgia originally opened in 1738.
  • Monkey Wrench Brewing:  According to their website, 2014 beer release schedule includes IPAs, belgians, stouts,  plus a couple other surprises.
  • Omaha Brewing: Coming Soon. Omaha, GA is located near the Georgia/Alabama border.
  • Orpheus Brewing:  Coming late Spring 2014 will be located near Piedmont Park and the Beltline.
  • Three Taverns:  This Decatur brewery has a penchant for Belgian-style brews and a new tap room open for tours.  Tour Info

More Atlanta Area Breweries to Tour:

Red Brick Brewering Company  - Atlanta's oldest brewery founded in 1993 as Atlanta Brewing Company, the now re-vamped brewery offers bold new flavors as well as their flagship Laughing Skull Amber Ale.  Tours: Wednesday - Sunday

Sweetwater Brewing Company - named after Sweetwater Creek which is a tributary to the Chattahoochee River, this brewery was founded in 1997 and has seen continued success. Tours: Wednesday - Sunday

Terrapin Beer Company - actually located in Athens, Georgia, was founded in 2002 by John Cochran and Brian Buckowski who named the brewery after his favorite Grateful Dead album Terrapin Station. Tours: Wednesday-Friday

Monday Night Brewing - located in West Atlanta, and according to their site,  the idea for Monday Night Brewing grew out of a small Atlanta Bible study. Tours Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Red Hare Brewing Company - located in Marietta, Georgia - this was the first brewery in Georgia to offer their selections in cans. Tours Thursday-Staurday

Jailhouse Brewing - located in Hampton, Ga Tours on Thursdays and Saturdays

Get a Growler right around the corner!

The Beer Growler has several stores located in the area - Alpharetta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Jon's Creek Sandy Springs, and Suwanee.

The Stout Brothers - Smyra Beer Market 1265 West Spring St, Suite D;  Smyrna, GA    30080

Hop City's GrowlerTown is located in West Midtown Atlanta. Look for Growlertown To-Go at festivals around town.1000 Marietta St., Suite 302; Atlanta, GA 30318

Pigs & Peaches BBQ

Don’t miss the City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival!

During this annual two day event, you’ll enjoy delicious smoke-cooked barbeque, tasty desserts, family fun, live entertainment, and an exceptional Fireworks Grand Finale.

The festival also features a non-sanctioned Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert Contest, as well as a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned Professional Contest, which is recognized as a Georgia State Championship Barbeque Cook-off.  Over $14,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

In addition to the food and FREE music, festival goers will also be treated to a large Kid Zone with inflatables, unique vendor booths, and sponsor exhibits.

Plus, 97.1 The River will be sampling FREE Sierra Mist Natural and giving away great prizes.

Festival hours are 5pm to 11pm on Friday 8/26 and 10am to 10pm on Saturday 8/27.  The event will take place at Adams Park and the Ben Robertson Community Center.

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