A Taste of the Highlands

Hello neighbors! I've lived in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood for almost three years now, yet I've never managed to get to know the people within this community. Of course everyone is polite, however most are less inclined to engage for more than a beat or two. A Taste of the Highlands lent the opportunity for me put myself out there & engage with those that make my neighborhood such an interesting place to live.

 Hampton + Hudson

Hampton + Hudson

I religiously attend Virginia-Highland Summerfest, but this was my first experience with the 14th Annual A Taste of the Highlands at John Howell Park. The festival included some of my favorite words - ALL YOU CAN EAT - at the general admission level, & included plenty of neighborhood favorites & newbies. All of the proceeds from the festival benefitted Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, so I came out for the kids!

I was starving, so I quickly scanned the area & made my way to La Tavola's table featuring their house cured braseola on equally thinly sliced zucchini. It was delicious and I kept going back to nibble on these little snacks. Newbie to town 8Arm had a very tasty chilled crab soup with cilantro oil that was refreshing. They have definitely been bookmarked for future exploring on their cute street patio.

Rounding out my standouts would be Sweet Auburn Barbecue & surprisingly Fontaine's. The smoked wings from Sweet Auburn Barbecue were the juiciest with finger-lickin' BBQ sauce that I can't wait to try again. People were gobbling the wings up just as quickly as they hit the table, as even more patiently waited on the bartender to concoct a vodka cocktail that was perfect for the Georgia heat. The lobster bisque from Fontaine's was surprisingly not bland & worthy of me giving them another chance to win me back over.

Just as I was getting settled in with my Terrapin Beer, some neighbors approached to ask if they could share our table. We all chatted over our nibbles & swapped experiences with living in the neighborhood. There are pros and cons to living in any neighborhood, but I can honestly say that I love my neighborhood and couldn't imagine living in another 'hood again.

When I excused myself to grab another pour from Highland Fine Wine, I spotted the beauty to the right in the cutest striped jumpsuit from new local boutique Vernacular. Unfortunately, it began to pour as it usually does in Va-Hi. We tried to wait it out, but decided to take the party elsewhere. Festival season is always a reason to #explore Atlanta &  unexplored 'hoods for the weekend. Comment below which festivals you are looking forward to attending this season.