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chomp-and-stomp-2016I’ve never been to the Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff & Festival in Cabbagetown, but it sounds like fun:

From 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on November 5, 2016, you can stop by Cabbagetown Park to sample chili, shop the Artists Market, listen to live bluegrass music, compete in Cabbage Games (held at the main stage) & more.

If you’re heading out for the music, here’s the main stage lineup:

  • 11:30 a.m.: Max Godfrey
  • Noon: Georgia Crackers
  • 1:15 p.m.: Georgia Mountain String Band
  • 2:30 p.m.: Farmland Band
  • 3:45 p.m.: Peachtree Station
  • 5:00 p.m.: Grandpa’s Cough Medicine

If you’re planning to sample the chili, get there early, and bring some cash–it’s $5 a spoon if you’re tasting chili, and don’t expect huge portions. As the festival organizers have noted in the past, “it’s a contest, not a soup kitchen.” Chili tasting starts at 12:30 p.m.

Need directions to Cabbagetown Park? Use 177 Kirkwood Avenue, Atlanta, in your GPS. That said, you are unlikely to get a car to that spot….use one of these options instead:

If you opt for MARTA, get off at King Memorial Station & hop on the GA Tech Trolley, which is running every 15 minutes (pick up and drop off at the Krog Tunnel and Estoria). Or you can ride your bike & take advantage of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s bike valet; they’ll be at the corner of Wylie and Short (on your right if you are coming in from the Krog Tunnel). If you must use a car to get into the city, park free in the Grady Health Systems parking lot behind King Memorial MARTA & then take the GA Tech Trolley to Chomp & Stomp.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

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