Tiny House Festival Returns to Decatur This Fall!

The Decatur Tiny House Festival was a big hit last year!  Hosted by Tiny House Atlanta.  Mark your calendars!  Here are the details for this fall…

Tiny Houses are coming back to Decatur! Could you live in 400 square feet or less? For tiny house enthusiasts, the answer is a not-so-small, “YES!” If you’re intrigued by the concept of tiny houses and small space living and want to learn more, join Tiny House Atlanta for the Second Annual Decatur Tiny House Festival, September 29th – October 1, 2017 in downtown Decatur. Approximately 20 tiny houses will be available to tour, and experts on topics such as sustainability, minimalism, architecture, urban planning, zoning, and downsizing will be on hand to answer your questions.

Tiny House Atlanta, a pioneer in education and advocacy for the tiny house movement, is bringing back the Decatur Tiny House Festival in partnership with the City of Decatur. This metro Atlanta event focuses on how micro housing can benefit individuals and communities in Georgia.

Here are just a few of the fun and informative activities planned over the course of this 3-day event:

  • VIP night and Keynote address (Details to be announced later in the year)
  • 20 tiny houses will be on-site and open for tours.
  • Vendors will be on hand explaining and promoting sustainable practices in the tiny house movement.
  • Our Speaker’s Symposium will offer opportunities to learn from experts in different areas of the industry. Speakers will be announced at tinyhouseatlanta.com as they are selected.

Tickets go on sale in the summer, and several ticket options will be available to attendees.

Photo courtesy of the Tiny House Atlanta Facebook page

Decatur To Host Fermentation Festival This Sunday!

If you all love fermentation as much as I do, you will be rapturous after hearing this news.  Decatur Square will host the first ever “Fermentation Fest ATL” this Sunday, January 22nd from 11a-4p!

“OK, shut up and give us a description.”, I hear you thinking.  Ok, here it is off the website

Come enjoy a free day of fermentation fun to celebrate living foods and beverages and the artisans who produce them! Hosted by The Homestead Atlanta & Golda Kombucha, Fermentation Fest ATL is a first-of-its-kind event in Atlanta, and it’s gonna be a grand ol’ time.

Fermentation enthusiasts, real food lovers, and those interested in the benefits of living foods are invited out to shop our Makers Marketplace featuring fermented goods from bread to kimchi, cheese to charcuterie. In between shopping, visitors will be treated to demos, yoga sessions & more on our Wellness Stage.

Plus, explore the DIY Fermentation Station where everyone can learn to make and take home their own jar of pickled vegetables. Continuing with the education component, we are looking forward to Georgia Tech’s Science Corner with microscopes to view live bacteria and expert speakers to educate our visitors on the benefits of living foods.

Other noteworthy events include our Culture Swap, where fellow fermenters can exchange cultures, as well as a Homebrew Competition with some of the city’s most prestigious brewers as judges. Additionally, for a suggested donation of $5, adults can enjoy our Fermented Beverage Garden serving different locally fermented drinks including beer, wine, cider, mead, and more!

Kimchi!  Sourdough!  Mead!  Beer!  Cheese!  All the best foods in life are a result of fermentation.  (Even chocolate, folks.)

Little City Lowcountry Food Festival Celebrates Lowcountry Cooking in Oakhurst This Sunday

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Commissioner Scott Drake sends along the details for a new food festival in Oakhurst Village this Sunday…

 Established by local restaurant owners Scott Drake (Ujoint, Big Tex and Moes & Joes) and Bryan Rackley (Kimball House) and in collaboration with Astrid Lyons (Dos Diablos Design), Little City Lowcountry seeks to bring together some of Atlanta’s best restaurants for a fall afternoon of food, music and beer.

Participating chefs/restaurants include Steinbecks, Kimball House, The Optimist, The Brick Store Pub, Makan, Illegal Food, Leon’s, Truman, Staplehouse, Pinewood/Mercury, Brush Sushi Izakaya, Badda Bing, Ladybird, Parish, Lowcountry Catering, and Greater Good BB.Q

Beer from Elysian IPA, Blue Point Toasted lager, Breckinridge Agave Wheat, and Twain’s Billiards & Tap.

Benefiting Charities – The Giving Kitchen & 4 / 5 Academy Fifth Avenue.

Amplify Decatur To Host Big Music Festival on Decatur Square This June

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John sends along this release about a great big music festival, Amplify Decatur, coming to Decatur Square and Eddie’s Attic this summer…

The nonprofit group Amplify My Community announced today that the 2016 Amplify Decatur concert series will feature a June 18 outdoor music festival with room for 2,500 concert-goers on the downtown Decatur square, in addition to a three-night stand at Eddie’s Attic, June 17-19. All funds raised will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) to support its efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. The concert series is Presented by Lenz and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic.

Tickets are available at AmplifyDecatur.org.

The Grammy-nominated and highly acclaimed duo The Milk Carton Kids will co-headline the outdoor festival along with bluegrass upstarts Elephant Revival. NPR called The Milk Carton Kids, “Gillian Welch and David Rawlings-meet-Simon & Garfunkel with a splash of The Everly Brothers.” The New York Times said, “If Elephant Revival doesn’t make you smile, there’s something wrong with you.” They are supported by the soulful duo Penny & Sparrow. Decatur favorite Eliot Bronson also joins the bill; Paste Magazine called his most recent album “An Americana Gem.”

Since 2011, Amplify has raised and donated more than $80,000 to DCM, including $28,500 from its 2015 concert series. “Amplify exists to support and to shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of local heroes like the people at DCM,” Executive Director of Amplify My Community Spencer Smith said. “But our secondary goal is to give Decatur the music festival it deserves. We want this inaugural event to become a mainstay that adds to the fabric of the community, much like the book, arts and beer festivals have for years.”

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Your Favorite Atlanta Spring Festival

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The tornadoes of pollen and spastic carpenter bees are telltale signs of the commencement of Spring along the Georgia Piedmont.

To combat all the subtle annoyances of lust-filled nature, humans congregate at events they call “festivals”.  It’s a reason to get out in the sunshine, converse with each other, and devour King of Pops.

But there are so many great Atlanta Spring Festivals these days.  What are your favorites?

Decatur Arts Festival Portolets photo courtesy of DM

Tickets Still Available For Saturday’s Decatur Stirs Craft Cocktail Event

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Looking for a fun and casual afternoon event this coming Saturday?  Pick up a couple of tickets for Decatur Stirs at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel and Decatur Conference Center from 2p-5p.  Here’s a description…

Attendees shake and sip with local spirits experts during Decatur Stirs: an exclusive showcase of specialty spirits and handcrafted cocktails. This event offers the latest trends and tastes in distilled beverages, mixed drinks, bitters, syrups, and more. Participants can sample products from 50 suppliers including 18.21 Bitters, Copper & Kings, Old 4th Distillery, Thirteenth Colony Distilleries, and more. See the full list at decaturstirs.com.

“Decatur Stirs features intriguing small-batch spirits in the hands of some of the South’s best bartenders,” says Herb Chereck, event organizer and owner of Decatur Package Store. “Decatur is the obvious location to host a craft cocktail event like this. Attendees will learn a lot and will also get to taste a variety of craft spirits and signature creations.”

Proceeds benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance, organizer of the annual Decatur Arts Festival and public arts programming for Decatur.

Tickets are $50 a piece.  Get them HERE!

Experience Oakhurst Porchfest in Virtual Reality!

Sure it’s been a couple of months since Porchfest took over Oakhurst on a lovely Sunday afternoon in October.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still new and interesting iterations of “coverage” of the event popping up online.  And heck if we aren’t gonna show it to you!

Grab your Google cardboard headset and check out this latest submission from the band Van Helton!

Want to experience Porchfest all over again? Perhaps your face wasn’t fully melted the first time around? Well today is your lucky day. The folks at the Van Helton fan club brought out some high tech cameras to the event and filmed Van Helton in 360 degrees for your Virtual Reality (VR) pleasure.

Apparently those fan club folks are pretty busy with their day jobs, because they just finished putting the experience together. Better late than never, right?

If you have a Google Cardboard headset, you can download a VR app that includes the Porchfest experience for both Apple and Android smartphones:

If you don’t have Cardboard, you can order one from here:

https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/get-cardboard/

Alternatively, the NY Times sent out a million (literally) Cardboard headsets a couple of weeks ago so ask around, and you might be able to find one from a friend.

You should download the app over wifi. There’s a lot of content so the app is huge. A future version will be set up so that you can dynamically download the content you want.

The fan club team also put a couple of 360 degree videos on YouTube 360:

One final word of caution — Van Helton music has been known to rock so hard that fans’ faces end up melting to the floor. So, please try to limit your exposure to one or two hours at a time.

Cheers!

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