The Need to Know for Taste of Atlanta 2018

Celebrating greater Atlanta’s culinary cuisine and southern flair, Taste of Atlanta 2018 is a can’t miss event this October. Over 40k attendees throughout the weekend will be tasting their way at the 17th annual event at Historic Fourth Ward Park on October 19th-21st. Patrons will be able to enjoy 90 plus restaurants, chef exhibitions, and cooking classes! Getting there, what to look for, and picking your tasting spoon strategy can be overwhelming, even for you vets. We here at ATLByDAY want to give you some tips and a little strategy in our Need to Know for Taste of Atlanta 2018.

Getting There / Parking

Public transportation and rideshare we feel is the best option. For rideshare, choose LYFT. During the event they are running a promotional discount code: TASTEATL for existing Lyft users and TASTEATLNEW for new users. For public transit use the Civic center station, as they will have a free complimentary shuttle outside on W. Peachtree Street. If you must bring your gas guzzler don’t expect to find much parking near the venue There is PCM, but parking there will be limited and pricey. The official spot for Taste of Atlanta is the Atlanta Medical Center parking deck B. Expect about a mile walk from the parking deck.

How Ticketing works

Setting itself apart from other festivals we have been to in the A, Taste of Atlanta fully integrates technology and convenience. You don’t have to fret about keeping up with multiple tickets or a punch card; you can conveniently scan your wristband at the event. General admission wrist bands hold  10 points while VIP carries 20. Restaurants charge 1-3 taste points, however if you are running low or need a second helping you can put more points on your wristband at the event. Additionally, with your wristband you can send recipes of some of those delicious dishes to yourself by scanning them at the Chef’s Table demonstrations!

Taste of ATL Hacks

Most people target going Saturday and Sunday which is fine, but our take is Friday is the best day to go. Unlike Saturday and Sunday, on Friday the tastes and drinks are unlimited! Not only will you be able to get your fill, but the kickoff party is loads of fun. Also bring your dancing shoes as there will be two live acts on stage. Bumpin’ the Mango and The Cordon Blues bands will kick off the weekend festivities. Taste of Atlanta is a great way to try out new restaurants before they open or get a taste of Atlanta’s culinary staples. These restaurants want to turn tasters into diners and some will be offering coupons to come have a full meal at their restaurant.

We can’t wait to see the winners for best taste, best selling taste, best presentation and most unique! In closing we look forward to seeing you all there. Taste of Atlanta also supports the non-profits of Open Hand, Second Helping Atlanta, and the Giving kitchen.

For Tickets click here

Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park | 680 Dallas Street (Corner of North Ave & Dallas St.) Atlanta, GA 30308

Dates and Times

Friday Oct. 9th Kick-Off Party: 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Saturday Oct. 10th: 12pm – 6:00pm
Sunday October 11th: 12pm – 6:00pm
VIP, Saturday and Sunday: 12:30pm – 5:00pm

For more and current info visit Taste of Atlanta

 

The Cheese Festival Atlanta

Do you enjoy munching on various cheeses and meats from around the world? Do you take pleasure in tasting deliciously crafted beer and wines? Do you feel sophisticated when you hear the word “charcuterie”?

Well then, get ready because the Gnome Queen has the event for you!

It’s the 6th Annual: Cheese Festival Atlanta!

Started in 2012 by Gourmet Foods International, this amazing event brings an assortment of national and international artisan cheese makers’ right here to Atlanta. The event will take place from 5 P.M.-10 P.M. Friday, September 28th at the Historic Fourth Ward Park.

As of now, General Admission tickets include samplings of over 100 cheese and meat vendors, live music from Rachel Baiman, and access to the one and only: “Meltdown Competition”.  The Meltdown Competition features popular Atlanta chefs “grilling it out” for the highly honored People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Awards.

Patrons can also partake in an education class detailing the history and fermentation process of olives hosted by Divina; a “Pig and Pint” of charcuterie and beer pairings from Spotted Trotter; and finally, the Cheesemaker Unplugged/Uncensored: Meet the Maker. This session will feature cheese maker: Cellars at Jasper Hill who were awarded the 2018 “Best in Show” at the American Cheese Society Conference.

Now, for those of you who want a little bit more cheese-time with a specific drink pairing, then the VIP tickets are just for you. These tickets will include a seat in one of three select VIP-only pairing sessions and a VIP-only item upon festival entry.  The pairing sessions comprise of a Beer, Wine or Champagne option and will have a variety of times offered throughout the evening.

For the Gnome Queen, an amazing aspect of this delicious event includes a portion of all proceeds going to the local nonprofit: Giving Kitchen.  Giving Kitchen was started in May of 2013 by local community Chef Ryan Hidinger and his wife Jen Hidinger in response to Ryan’s stage-four cancer diagnosis.

Giving Kitchen’s mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to restaurant workers and their families while in need. Through the Giving Kitchen Crisis Grants, over 1100 workers have been served not only in Atlanta, but in 47 counties across the state of Georgia.

So, if none of that sparked your interest in attending the wondrous Cheese Festival, then you are not only cold and heartless, but clearly you don’t appreciate the value of cheese, meats, and alcohol.

To Purchase Tickets: https://www.bigtickets.com/e/gfi/cheese-fest-atlanta

To Make a Donation to Giving Kitchen: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/d11bff52-0cd0-44d8-9403-465614e4f342

 

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Inside the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Disco Inferno Stage

It’s time for part 3 of our coverage of Imagine’s lineup!

Check out the other posts here, for Oceania stage and here for Amazonia stage! This article is for Imagine’s third stage – Disco Inferno. This stage will have some absolutely killer talent that are worth the listen. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order:

Disco Inferno Stage

Green Velvet

Green Velvet, aka Curtis Jones, has been in the game for as long as I can remember. He was on the forefront of the electro-punk sound and now has turned his attention to the more mainstream House tastes. The vocals you’ll hear on these tracks are inspired by the likes of Prince (RIP) and Gary Numan – and with good effect! Here’s an example of the old vs the new with the well known track “La La Land”.

 

Oliver Heldens

Oliver Heldens is a favorite of mine. Like most people I’d say I discovered him with the release of his song “Gecko” (and the vocal edit “Overdrive”). The Heldeep radio podcast has also been phenomenal for years. If you want to know what kind of music an artist will play at their sets, their radio is a great place to check since it’s basically just their tastes. He also has some killer collabs like “You Know” with Zeds Dead.

 

Boogie T

Boogie T rolls with a sound that combines deep bass dubstep and reggae (mostly). He’s best known for his collabs with Ganja White Night, like “Flava”. You’ll find his solo work like “2KFO” to be much heavier, and (in my opinion) a better sound for the festival atmosphere.

Squnto

Squnto brings it back to the heaviest days of dubstep, and I’m not complaining! His dub chopping skills are palpable, and he even has some sweet videos showing off how he does his work.

Chocolate Puma

Chocolate Puma are two fellas out of the Netherlands who just want to get you bouncin. Collabs with groups like the Bingo Players have been great, and their solo stuff is no different. Here are two songs from opposite sides of their sound.

EDX

No, this won’t be an online learning seminar blast over loud speakers. EDX the musician is a specialist in summer house, but his talents go all over the house genre. Pay him a visit for some much needed summer vibes.

Joker

Joker had some big hitting tracks back in the late 2000’s dubstep game, and I hope he brings that sound to Imagine. Take a listen and flash back 10 years to the rise of dubstep. His newer sound ranges from mellow dubstep to spacey.

Koan Sound

Koan Sound is funky dubstep, think Griz without the sax/vocals. I’m a big fan of the sound personally, and I’m excited to see how it plays out on the big stage.

Latmun

Latmun is a newer name, with a sound of what he calls “Tech House”. Excited to see more from him, with his unique tunes I’m sure it’ll be interesting.

 

Noisia

Noisia is a crew that I’ve followed for some time. Like some other artists on this stage, they’ve been in the game since before dubstep (and DnB) hit it big, and I’d say they’re one of the reasons it did. I expect this show to be absolutely wild.

Shlump

Shlump, besides being a fun name to say, knows his way around some wobble. Trap is the name of the game, but the sound has some solid wobble to it that give his songs a fuller, more rounded sound.

 

Tiga

Tiga is definitely a different kind of electronic, even blurring the lines between electronic and electro. As a general fan of these old funky tunes, I’d say more power to him! You’ve probably heard the track “Bugatti” before. His other tracks have the same sound minus the catchy vocal hook.

Walker & Royce

Keeping the theme of 80’s style electro-house, and I’m just digging it. Especially in this day and age with Toto’s “Africa” being one of the top played songs on Spotify, I say bring back electro.

 

Wax Motif

Wax Motif actually reminds me a lot of Oliver Heldens mixed with Shiba San. Big punchy bass, a solid beat, and an overall groove you can get lost to.

ATL by Day Imagine Festival Oceania

Inside the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Amazonia Stage

It’s time for part 2 of our coverage of Imagine’s lineup! We’ll be staggering our lineup posts each week to make sure you don’t exceed your mobile data costs, and to keep up the hype!

Check out the first post here, for Oceania stage! This article is for Imagine’s second main stage – Amazonia. Second stage or not, Amazonia has some killer artists you’ll have to check out. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order:

Amazonia Stage

Griz

I have made a point to see Griz every single time he’s in town. See him, and you will too. This is a psychadelic trip through dubstep brought to you by a skinny white dude on a saxophone playing like he has something to prove. By the end of the show, you’ll be feeling as happy as I expect Griz does every damn day.

Zhu

Zhu was always sort of an enigma to me. Is it EDM? Sure. Is it pop? Eh. Does it belong on the radio? I have no clue. But it’s there and here we are. I don’t really expect Zhu to throw down, but you’ll get some shoulder swings in if you catch a groove or two.

Cashmere Cat

Cashmere Cat! Love this guy. One of the most talented producers, whether his name is on the track or not. He’s funky, fresh, and one of the best. He produced one of the best sleeper pop songs of the past 5 years, Ryn Weaver’s Octahate. I’ve included his remix below.

Jai Wolf

Jai Wolf makes music that would be perfect for the scene in a movie where the girl and guy run away together in the end and live happily ever after. Just happy tunes, who can complain?

Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)

I mean, how can you go wrong with a name like Shpongle? But for real, you’re not going to find many Shpongle “songs” out there. That’s because Shpongle is basically like the EDM version of a jam band – and that’s awesome. Totally unique and trippy as hell.

Ekali

Ekali will keep the mellow and chill trap running for you. Keep in mind it’ll be heavier for the festival! This’ll be a great set for someone looking to hear some absolutely killer trap and catch a break from the wild stuff.

Eoto

I’m not as familiar with Eoto, but looks to me he’s working the classic instrumentals and synth combo. I really can’t complain there – it’s a great combo! To me the music could be the love child of some Gramatik and Pretty Lights, enough funk to go around, interlaced vocal backtracks, and instrumentals layered over synth like they were there all along.

Lotus

Keeping the instrumental funk going, we’ve got another jam band up in Amazonia. Lotus is more reminiscent of Phish for me: full band, lengthy heavy jams, and some breaks for instrumental solos spread around. These guys will keep you on your toes in a way you won’t normally get at an EDM festival.

Levitation Jones

It’s like DJ Snake blasted off to Mars! Levitation Jones runs some of the spacey trap and has a tremendously unique sound. This set is bound to be nothing short of trippy and spacey. Jones won’t be the only one levitating.

Protohype

We’re back to the big room with Protohype. Protohype has some absolutely killer tracks, and I fully expect a killer classic EDM and dubstep set from them. I expect to hear some of their heavier tunes, like Blackout below.

Yheti

Man, what a wild sound. Yheti is like nothing I’ve heard before honestly, and imagining these tracks with some heavy bass that only a festival can provide is getting me hyped up. Expect some funky, fresh, and spacey trap.

Toadface

Toadface can be seen on tracks with Yheti and the like and these tracks are always a bit less trap, more progressive, and in my opinion a bit funkier. Hey I’m not complaining, I think it’s a great sound and I’m pumped to catch this set and see what Toadface can do. Yheti and Toadface hit a back to back set in EDC this year so be ready for double the bang.

Ployd

The first video I found of Ployd was a tight set at Atlanta’s own Terminal West, so I know he’s a homeboy. Show him some ATL love at Imagine this year.

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Music Midtown 2018 Lineup Top Picks

The 2018 Music Midtown Lineup is finally here! Tickets go on sale this Friday June, 15th at 10am. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Fall Out Boy, Gucci Mane, Khalid, and more! This festival is known to have a diverse lineup that includes over 30 artists across four stages.

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Inside the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Oceania Stage

Well by now you must know I’m a bit of an EDM lover. For those of you that follow the Atlanta EDM scene, you’ll know the biggest festival of them all is Imagine. And now that the Imagine Music Festival‘s 5 Year Anniversary 2018 artist lineup has been announced, it’s time to get hyped.

I feel as though Imagine is the spiritual successor in many ways to Tomorrow World, which was a shame to see go. But now that we have a staple music festival back I couldn’t be happier with Imagine. Last year’s festival was incredible. Pretty Lights, Seven Lions and Illenium back to back, and Flux? Can’t get much better than that.

Excepttt this year! Damn what a lineup. This is the best of Shaky Beats last year meets the best of Year 1 Tomorrow World (aka the best Tomorrow World). This is their 5 Year Anniversary festival, so I’m sure that has something to do with it.

For those of you that are EDM veterans, you’ll know the greats. Many of you will know the little guys. But with a lineup like this, we’d say this is the perfect opportunity for EDM newcomers. For those of you that are not as familiar with the artists attending this year’s festival, fear not!

We’ve put together a list of every artist for each stage of Imagine, with a description of their style and a few sample songs. We will be writing up articles like this for each stage of the festival, and then (once the schedule is announced) each day of the festival.

We hope you’ll be able to show up at the start of the festival each day (not 6pm) and find a new artist to love. Even if you’re an EDM vet, check out the little guys – you might be surprised.

This article is for Imagine’s main stage – Oceania. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order. Keep an eye out more articles on Imagine’s other stages!

 

Oceania Stage

Armin Van Buuren

Armin is widely accepted as one of EDM’s most widely influential artists. This is a definite must-see, with a healthy helping of lasers. His genre is primarily old school trance.

Bassnectar

Bassnectar is one of the most recognized must-see acts in EDM. His annual New Years Eve (no duh) shows are killer, and while I’ve never seen him in festival style I have to believe he’ll bring it like always. Expect a medley of the heavy and deep.

Kaskade

Oh man do I love Kaskade. Saw him for the first time at Shaky last year, but I’ve been following him since maybe 2011 so it’s been some time coming. He has so many, so many songs I love. Classics and melodic, just wonderful progressive house all around. He’s made the pop circuit with songs like “Fakin’ It” in the past few years, but he’s so much better than that. This guy is probably responsible for getting me into EDM.

Alesso

It’s funny, last time Alesso was here I don’t think most people would have known who he was. Now he’s here after his radio hit “Cool” and well, he’s a pretty common name. But don’t think that the pop Alesso is the only Alesso – he’s collaborated with the greats to make a name for himself as one of the greatest electronic artists out there, spanning genres from progressive house to trance to pop with ease. He even has a song with Hailey Steinfeld out now, because why not? He has his new songs, but man it’s always the classics that kill it when it comes to Alesso.

Galantis

Man, I have to be honest I have some real mixed feelings about Galantis. They solidified their status as electronic greats with their pop-electronic hit Runaway. They then absolutely killed it with songs like Firebird and Peanut Butter Jelly. But I feel as time goes on they’re following the (strange) trend of high pitched voices in EDM. Who started this? Can we stop? Please stop. Here’s to hoping they play the older stuff.

RL Grime

If it’s the ATL, you know it’s all about that TRAP. And good lawd, we have the God of Trap in the house, RL Grime himself. If you don’t like Trap, this is the man to show you the light. If you do like Trap, you know RL Grime. Simple as that. Note – he also has some mellow songs like “Stay for It”. Just realize that it’s a festival, so mellow isn’t the move. He’ll play the song, but everything is heavier in festivals.

Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead baby! Any Die Hard fans in the house? No? Ok. Well this duo has been making the rounds in the electronic scene for years and just doing a phenomenal job. From day 1 they’ve had a unique sound and I can honestly say that they haven’t lost a touch of it to this day. Here’s an oldie (some say the oldest) and a new song so you can see what I mean.

Adventure Club

Story time! In 2012 I didn’t have a car, didn’t have a friend with a car, and barely had a ticket to Counterpoint. All I knew was that Adventure Club was playing, and I frickin love Adventure Club. Sadly none of my friends wanted to see Adventure Club, or were even attending the festival that day. So I took a taxi (Uber wasn’t a thing back then) from Atlanta to the festival grounds, alone, and managed to find what I thought were the grounds. Turns out, NOPE. So I walk for about a half hour, find my way into the festival grounds, navigate to Adventure Club, and have the single best time ever. After that I had an interesting time navigating back, which did involve walking through a pitch black forest through the night and trying to hail a cab on the side of the highway but man was it all worth it. Adventure Club absolutely reinvented EDM and dubstep in the day. Their mastery of vocal and audio slicing and editing is just incredible. Theirs is the only full length mix I’ll put on this page – only because it is a true masterpiece. Please everyone do yourselves a favor and listen to Superheroes Anonymous Vol. 1.

Getter

I don’t know why he calls himself Getter, all I know is he gets absolutely wild. This is gonna be a heavy show and you’re going to love every minute of it.

The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob has been around since literally forever, and they’ve earned their place as one of the most well-known rhythmic electronic groups out there. These guys could have sold out years ago and props to them for keepin on.

12th Planet

12th Planet runs some oldschool dubstep. Can’t go wrong there!

Bear Grillz

Bear Grillz is sure to be a heavy show – think heavy dubstep/house with a good deal of heavy metal influence. Not usually my cup o tea, but for a festival it’s great for getting the crowd going.

Leah Culver

You may be thinking – hey I know that name! Well you should. Leah Culver has been featured on countless tracks and is a phenomenal vocalist in her own right. She’s been featured on tracks with Marshmello, Yultron, you name it. Her solo stuff will be more on the pop side.

Liquid Stranger

Liquid Stranger is lesser known, but for those of you that are into the true atmospheric EDM movement you’ll be well at home. I actually got into Liquid Stranger at first from Gramatik, so if you’re a fan you may want to give a listen.

Riot Ten

Is it just me or does anybody else miss the days with the old school dubstep-rap combo? Riot Ten nails that sound. Want a little somethin softer? Their forte is the heavy dub and trap, but they can do the mellow too.

Zaxx

What is a festival ground if not a really big room? Get ready for some big room house.

Eddie Gold

He’s a smaller artist, but he can run trap like a pro. Here’s to hoping he gets a nice break with this festival!

Kevin Flum

Kevin Flum is a rapper! He’s been around a while, so if you’re into rap he’ll be a healthy break from just EDM and Trap all weekend.

Midnite Panda

DJs Midnite Panda have been a festival regular since they won the “Counterpoint Submission Mix” contest. They killed it there, and they’ve been a solid staple ever since.

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A rock band at an EDM festival? I’m not complaining. These guys clearly have some 90s grunge influence, and some heavy Ozzy vibes.

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DJs and remixes with a whole lotta Trap. It was tough wading through Christian sermon videos on youtube to find these videos.

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The Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part One

The Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats festivals are coming to Central Park! For many Atlanta residents, these festivals are great opportunities to experience the music festival life without having to trek out to the middle of nowhere! As a chronic EDM festival-goer, I’ve picked up a few tricks that will help you get the most out of your festival experience. Welcome to your Shaky Survival Guide!

What to Wear

Guys – I don’t care if you wear pants or shorts. I don’t care if you wear a polo or a t-shirt. I don’t care if you wear a silly costume.  But if you care about fitting in while staying cool and comfortable, shorts and a tank top is a safe option. But dear, sweet baby Jesus, wear compression shorts. You’re going to be dancing, walking, etc. for what adds up to a few miles every day, for up to 3 days. Things will chafe.

Ladies – For both Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats, you can’t go wrong with high-waisted jean shorts and a bohemian cropped tank top. Self conscious? Make it a full tank. Voila, you’re now dressed like 90% of girls at music festivals.

However,  you’ll also see some guys and ladies wearing much more elaborate attire that may or may not include wings, rainbows, and a variety of colored makeup and sprays. You’ll also see other people wearing much less, to say the least. Just remember that no matter how you dress at a music festival, do it for yourself! Much of what makes the music festival a fun and magical environment is the ability to be yourself and let your freak flag fly, so don’t hold back! Live your truth.  In a lot of ways, the modern definition of the music festival is owed to the men and women who dare to be authentic, bold and colorful. 

Essential Packing List

A music festival is a lot like a crappy Australia – everything there is trying to kill you, but really really slowly. Your packing essentials are going to make sure you survive the day each day.

Essential 1: a Camelbak or similar water pouch backpack. You gotta hydrate, mate. Most music festivals these days have special hydration stations with spouts intended for these packs. Getting one provides you with a lot of advantages. No more paying for water bottles, fewer refill trips, plus a backpack! If it doesn’t go with your outfit (ladies this is probably the case) just make sure you have a friend with one that doesn’t mind cooties. Remember to rinse and empty before you bring it!

Essential 2: Earplugs. You can get ’em fancy or you can get the foam classics, but get earplugs. You might say, “But, but, I go to a music festival to hear the music! Why would I put in plugs that make it harder for me to hear it???” That’s because when you listen to music on your phone, you get a warning at 85dB. When you listen to music at a festival, that beat is bumping at a steady 130dB all day long (keep in mind this is a logarithmic scale folks). You’ll hear the music just fine through those earplugs, but while you’re enjoying the show, they’re doing the important job of ensuring you don’t go deaf. You can even go fancy and get specialty buds that block only harmful noise as well!

Essential 3: During the day, you’re going to get some sun. I’m not a weatherman, we have our weather page for that, but it may be a lot of sun. Regardless of your complexion and how much sun you expect to have, just do yourself a favor and put on some sunscreen. You don’t want to be sunburned by day two and have to spend the rest of the festival watching your favorite artists from under the shelter of a far off tent. That’s no fun for anyone. 

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Sunscreen blocks harmful rays and keep your skin baby-smooth!

Fun-damental Packing List

Along with the essentials for survival, you may also want to bring some additional goodies to make your festival time a little more enjoyable. The following packing list has those good-time goodies that you should consider.

Goodie #1: Snacks! Granola and nuts are probably going to be your best bets. Nuts if you want to share, granola if you don’t. Why no protein bars? Because they’ll dehydrate you. Why no candy? Because it will melt, get gross and sticky, and generally be a mess.

Goodie #2: Sunglasses and spectral shades. One for the daytime and one for the night (at Shaky Beats at least). Sunglasses (or a hat if that’s your thing) are going to be a real necessity when it comes to keeping those eyes on the stage and not staring into the sun. Your spectral shades basically just act as little prisms, taking those pretty lights to the next level. If you think head, you can get them online for $2 instead of at the event for $20.

Goodie #3: Party Favors. Although you might get them away if you make yourself too obvious, people generally have little to no issue getting stuff in. It’s not my MO, but hey if you want some party favors to help you enjoy the show a little more, then by all means, bring all the party favors you want.

Stay posted for your daily Shaky post leading up to Shaky Beats! See Part two here and Part three here!

Gnome March 10th Annual

The Gnomes Came Marching Home..to Set the World Record!

If you ask me what I did this weekend, I’ll tell you. I Went to the Gnome March and watched a new world record be set! 

“You what…? Why?” 

Because I’m the Gnome Queen. 

For my unadventurous peers, discovering new events in the ATL may not be as easy as finding a leprechaun with a pot of gold. Yet this Gnome Queen will always have your hookup. 

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For those of us looking for some weird and interesting fun, the annual Inman Park Festival and Parade this past weekend was the place to be. The Parade hosts one of the most unique aspects of the spring calendar: the Krewe of the Grateful Glutton’s Guinness Book of World Record’s Gnome March.

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Beginning at the corners of Waddle St. and Edgewood Ave. in front of the amazing Revolution Doughnuts, participants were dressed to impress with a variety of outfits and accessories, including bright suspenders, dresses with aprons, boots galore, and of course the iconic red pointed hats. From Grandparents to Gnomeborns, (and even some out-of-towners) this queen couldn’t have been more proud. 

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The annual march, described as the “largest gathering of people dressed as garden gnomes”,” marked its 10th anniversary this past Saturday with Gnomes to spare. The tradition began at the first gnome gathering here in Atlanta in April 2007; however, in February 2011, Canadian affiliates of the film, Gnomeo & Juliet attended a movie screening with 266 participants. The tradition became even more widespread when the world record was captured by a group of 478 from Worcester, England in November 2011, and has been maintained ever since. Well, until last Saturday, that is.

Led by the Gnome Captain Chantelle Rytter, the march began with a mile long trek up Edgewood, forking into Euclid Ave. Along the path, spectators and vendors gave their rowdy support while providing free waters, snacks, and of course: beer, to the marchers.

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“This seriously is the best turn out we’ve ever had,” explained local participant Gnomer Simpson.  “It’s just really cool to see everyone come support something like this.”

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After a little bit of parade partying, the gnomes took a slight detour into “Gnome Field” where the official count by Gnome Leader Laura Miller began. I myself was counted at number 96 while my loving counterpart, the “Giant King,” stood at a solid 97. As the gnome numbers trickled in, (in an orderly, single file line. We aren’t heathens) our anticipation grew. 

“476…477..478…479! That’s it! We did it!”

At the sound of 479, the gnomes erupted.  

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Chanting and dancing amplified at each rising number until we hit the finale.  Finishing at an incredible 755 (take that Britain), Atlanta had once again proven that we are the most “astro-gnomical.”

For this Queen of the Gnomes, the Inman Park Parade and Festival couldn’t have gone any better. From the food and excitement to the sun and the ‘shrooms, spring had officially arrived. You’re up Canada.

Check out our events calendar for other fun, upcoming events in Atlanta!