Food Festival Brings Black-Owned Spirits to South Fulton

Taste of Sofu, South Fulton’s newest food and entertainment festival, kicked off earlier this month. The event brings live entertainment, food trucks and business vendors to the Southwest Arts Center on the first and third Tuesday of the month, now through October.

So far, attendees have sampled barbecue, vegan dishes, cuisine from New Orleans, Italian ice and more. They’ve also had an opportunity to pair their dishes with Black-owned spirits, beers and wines.

Alcohol Heroes, a Taste of Sofu vendor, is a mobile bar and catering service launched 10 years ago by Scott and Tiffany Richardson. Their menus regularly feature Black-owned brands.

They brought several options for Taste of Sofu attendees to try, including a margarita made with Wild Creek Distillery Georgia Peachcobbler Moonshine, a pomegranate wheat ale from Down Home Brewing company and FLO wines. All got rave reviews.

“People love them,” said Tiffany Richardson. “They are pleasantly surprised at how comparable these brands are to more well-known brands. They’re also surprised to learn that they can find these brands in their local stores and how accessible they are.”

For Taste of Sofu attendees who enjoyed the selections that they tasted, they’ll have a chance to try even more options at Alcohol Heroes’ Black-Owned Spirits Expo this Saturday, June 22 at Area 551 (351 Marietta Street, NW) from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The event will feature 25 alcohol vendors. Tasting ticket holders will get to try handcrafted cocktails made by master mixologists, along with gourmet food pairings from restaurants and catering companies. Remaining tickets start at $45 and are available at www.blackownedspiritsexpo.com.

Taste of Sofu will resume on July 2. More information and a full schedule is available at www.tasteofsofu.com.