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Grant Park Summer Shade Festival This Weekend

Annual park party features Corks & Forks, a showcase event for city's top chefs.

by Patch Staff

The city's oldest park plays host to one of its most popular neighborhood parties this weekend with the 10th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival.

Sponsored by the Grant Park Conservancy, Summer Shade aims to feature a little something for everyone, from a 5K and artists' market to showcasing the city's best chefs and wine and beer tastings to live music and puppet shows for the kiddie set.

Proceeds go toward park conservancy efforts.

Among the highlights:

  • A juried and non-juried Artist Market
  • Two stages of live music, featuring a performance from the Whiskey Gentry
  • The Sunday Farmers Market
  • Corks & Forks
  • Kids' play and activities area

The festivities begin Saturday with the 8 a.m. 5K Run for the Park (registration is at 7 a.m.).

The fesival itself runs both days from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 25  and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Though the festival is free, Corks & Forks, which includes wine and beer sampling, opportunities to partake in wine seminars and cooking demos, one-day tickets cost $35 in advance ($45 at the door). A select number of participating chefs also will compete against one another in the 2nd Annual Chef Grill-Off, with this year's challenge centered around their skills on working cuts of meat from White Oak Pastures, in Bluffton, Ga.

Corks & Forks runs both days from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Food will be served until 4 p.m.).

Participating restaurants include:

  • Bhojanic
  • Briza
  • Cake Hag
  • Campagnolo
  • The Commerce Club
  • Livingston’s
  • Pasta Da Pulcinella
  • PEASANT bistro
  • Serpas
  • Six Feet Under
  • SOHO
  • Sound Table
  • Spice Market
  • The Sun Dial
  • Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint
  • The Melting Pot
  • Trader Vic’s

If you go: The 10th Annual Summer Shade Festival will be held at Historic Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave. and the Park Avenue/Berne Street intersection and the Boulevard parking lot. For more information, visit www.summershade.org or call 404.521.0938.

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