Atlanta’s first cocktail festival seeks to further the success of Georgia and encourage sustainable regional production in its state by supporting the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)’s sustainable mission through instituting the Georgia Homebrewed Program.
Online PR News – 05-July-2012 – Atlanta – Contact Information:
Chelsea Korzenko, Promotions Manager
Georgia World Congress Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Atlanta’s First Cocktail Festival to Incorporate Program in Support of
Georgia World Congress Center’s Sustainable Mission
ATLANTA, Ga. (Jul 3, 2012) – Come experience the tastes, smells and the spirit of the Prohibition Era at The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival on Labor Day weekend. Atlanta’s first cocktail festival seeks to further the success of Georgia and encourage sustainable regional production in its state by supporting the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)’s sustainable mission through instituting the Georgia Homebrewed Program.
The GWCC, along with its food to beverage provider Levy Restaurants, is dedicated to generating opportunities to support the community and local farmers, artisans, and business owners alike. Committed to local and sustainable sourcing, Levy partners with more than 25 local purveyors and more than 52% of all food Levy purchases is produced, manufactured or packaged in the state of Georgia. “We have a kindred spirit in the people of Atlanta and a shared passion for great food, heartfelt hospitality and giving back to the community,” said Andy Lansing, CEO and president of Levy Restaurants.
The festival will continue this effort of community engagement with the introduction of the Georgia Homebrewed Program. The Georgia Homebrewed Program wants to mirror the Georgia World Congress Center’s social responsibility by supporting Georgia organizations. The program will allow Georgia based brewers, wineries and distilleries the chance to showcase their brands as exhibitors for extremely discounted pricing at The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival Gala.
"Nothing makes us prouder than showcasing the best of what our state has to offer and providing an opportunity for Georgia organizations to increase their revenue,” said Gary Cobb, festival director for The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival.
The program seeks to provide an outlet for local organizations to showcase their portfolio of brands and create buzz among consumers. To qualify for the Georgia Homebrewed Program, organizations must meet the following criteria:
• Must be an organization that was originated in the state of Georgia
• Must be an organization that is registered as a state of Georgia entity
• Must have annual alcohol gross revenue sales under $249,000 in 2011
The Speakeasy Cocktail Festival Gala is proud to integrate the Georgia Homebrewed Program into this year’s festival. The Gala, commencing on Labor Day weekend on Sept.1-2, 2012, will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center from 12 to 6 p.m. each day. For more information on the Georgia Homebrewed Program or the event visit, speakeasycocktailfestival.com
About the Georgia World of Congress
The Georgia World Congress Center ranks among the top five largest convention destinations in the country and one of the best sports and entertainment campuses in the world. It is a remarkable venue for an incredible event that will celebrate the outstanding beer, wine, cigar, and cocktail culture of Atlanta. For more details, visit www.gwcc.com
About Levy Restaurants
Levy Restaurants, founded in Chicago in 1978, is recognized as one of America’s fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies, and is the leader in premium sports and entertainment dining concessions. Levy was recently named one of the top 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company magazine.