Inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival Draws More Than 12,000 Attendees at The Battery Atlanta

The Fresh District announced the overwhelming success of the inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival at The Battery Atlanta.

ATLANTA – The Fresh District announced today the overwhelming success of the inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival at The Battery Atlanta.  On Saturday, November 9, more than 12,000 attendees enjoyed live cooking demonstrations from culinary stars from across Georgia, eclectic seafaring drinks, and interactive educational experiences sponsored by the Georgia Aquarium and UGA Marine Extension.  The festival celebrated Georgia’s thriving commercial seafood industry and raised awareness on the importance of access to fresh, sustainably-sourced seafood.

“Since its inception, the Fresh District has focused on raising awareness on the importance of Georgia-grown agriculture and nutrition to communities across Georgia. The Georgia Seafood Festival was a successful extension of our efforts and thousands of attendees were able to experience a culinary celebration of Georgia’s coastal seafood scene,” said Delano Massey, festival founder and CEO of the Fresh District. “I want to thank all of our Chefs, sponsors and vendors who made the inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival a phenomenal success.”

Chef Jernard Wells, host of  New Soul Kitchen on CLEO-TV, also hosted the Compete Wells
Cooking Competition – the first qualifying event for the 2020 World Food Championships.  Four Georgia Chefs competed head-to-head in a timed cooking challenge featuring Georgia seafood and local ingredients for a chance to win a ‘golden ticket’ to the 2020 World Food Championships.  Chef Scottie Johnson, personal chef and owner of Blessed and Highly Favored Cuisine was selected as the grand prize winner of the Compete Wells Cooking Competition and will compete for a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000 at the World Food Championships  in Dallas, Texas next year.  Chef Marshall Rodgers, corporate executive chef for Goldbergs Fine
Foods and former executive chef for Sweet Auburn BBQ, also received a ticket to the 2020 World Food Championships as second place winner of the cooking competition.

Culinary stars including Chef Fred Flu, owner of The Fluniversity and featured on Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons; Chef Guy Mitchell, former guest Chef for the White House Chef, former Executive Chef for the Philadelphia Eagles, and creator of The White House Chef Tour; Chef Chantel Mines, Executive Chef at The Lost Druid Brewery and 2nd place winner of the Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition; Chef Lisa Washington, Good Day Atlanta contributor and Healthy Living Contributor for 104.7 The Fish; and Chef Fidel Soriano served mouthwatering seafood dishes to festival attendees.

Celebrities and personalities including Mark Owens, Atlanta Braves In-Game Host, Brian Jordan, former outfielder for the Atlanta Braves and former safety for the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Cloud, President and CEO of the World Food Championships, Brady Lowe, creator of PeachFest and founder of Taste Network, Cochon555, and Piggy Bank, Linda Carmichael, Founding CEO of FoodTheFire, President Emerita of the Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Bloggers’ Society, and Editor-in-Chief of Do.Food.Better,  Delano Massey, CEO and Founder of JacobsEye Marketing Agency, Chef Pano Karatassos and Chef Guy Mitchell served as judges for the Compete Wells Cooking Competition.

Partners and sponsors of the festival included The Battery Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, UGA Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, State Farm, Gordon Food Service, Compete Wells, Miller Coors, Gunther Wilhelm, The Terrapin Beer Co., Warrior Creek Premium Meats, LIVE Sport and Social, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, Goldbergs Fine Foods, and SunTrust Bank.

The inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival was hosted by the Fresh District and The Battery Atlanta. The Fresh District is a fresh-food movement which promotes fresh, local and sustainable food systems in urban environments and raises up generations of smart, innovative participants in the industry.



The Georgia Seafood Festival is the brain-child of founder Delano Massey and an extension of the Fresh District movement. Poised to become Atlanta’s next top food festival, this one-day event features over 40 local vendors offering a wide variety of fresh Georgia seafood, cooking demonstrations from Atlanta’s top chefs and immersive educational experiences. The festival also serves as one of the first qualifying events for the 2020 World Food Championships. Four Georgia chefs compete in an all-out throw down for the chance to win the “Golden Ticket” worth $100,000. The festival aims to bring Georgia’s booming commercial seafood industry to the forefront of consumer awareness and start a discussion on sustainability for our coastal habits all while enjoying fresh Georgia seafood!

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The Fresh District is a fresh food movement, poised to become a beacon of growth and innovation in the heart of metropolitan Atlanta. The Fresh District is a community that spreads knowledge of agriculture, food technology, nutrition and the importance of Georgia-grown agriculture so that generations of smart, innovative participants in the agricultural industry may rise and grow. Using live events, social media and web-based initiatives, The Fresh District will become the go-to source in Georgia for fresh news and entertainment, fresh ideas, fresh menu ideas, and blueprint for a fresh lifestyle.

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