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Many Reasons to Head to Athens in 2018

Many Reasons to Head to Athens in 2018

Not like anyone NEEDS a reason to go to Athens, there’s plenty all of the time. The food. The shopping. The Rose Bowl (and hopefully more!) champions…. lots of local arts and crafts. And…. really good drinks. Beer, coffee, wine- you name it, Athens has got it!


A big part of my 2018 plans are to be better about planning my travel ahead of time. Let’s look really soon to February, shall we?


“Athens Wine Weekend is a three-day event, held each February (Feb. 2-4 in 2018), and is perfect for both the wine aficionado and those eager to learn more,” the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau told me via email.




“This three-day festival offers something for everyone – an amuse-bouche that features multiple chefs’ cooking artistry with perfectly paired wines to arouse the palate, wine seminars, a Grand Tasting that showcases hundreds of wines from around the world, a six-course Gourmet Dinner with expertly complemented wine selections for each course, and a brunch to complete the weekend.  Housed at the Classic Center, there is an attached hotel, plus all the amenities and live music that Athens has to offer, making it the perfect wine getaway.”



For my friends who love beer, and I know there’s many of y’all, I’ve got even more for you.

“Athens Beer Week and Classic City Brew Fest are both held in April (April -15, 2018) and is perfect for anyone who loves craft beer.  Voted one of the USA’s top 10 beer festivals, Athens Beer Week has a full lineup of events throughout the week, culminating in their signature event, Classic City Brew Fest.  This can’t-miss event boasts 50+ unique, one-off cask ales with special ingredients, rare beers to be uncapped each hour, live music, barbecue, and representation from all the local breweries – Creature Comforts, Southern Brewing Co., Terrapin Beer Co., and recent addition Akademia Brewing Company.”



Now, it is well documented that I love coffee. For anyone else like me, I’m sure you know that Athens hosts two coffee roasters: 1000 Faces Coffee and Jittery Joe’s.  “Both locally owned coffee companies purchase beans from responsible and sustainable sources, roast their beans in-house, and have gained cult followings from locals and visitors alike.  1000 Faces also hosts ‘Brew Schools’ where they offer instruction and training about the finer nuances of creating coffee and Shakedowns, in which local bartenders showcase their talents in Coffee Cocktail Competitions.  Jittery Joe’s is known for their connectedness to the community, often partnering with local nonprofits to create custom brews for fundraising.  1000 Faces and Jittery Joe’s are available at local coffee shops and for wholesale.”


Wanting more information about these events? Be sure to go to!



Love to all y’all,



Molly McWilliams Wilkins

Molly McWilliams Wilkins

Molly McWilliams Wilkins is a Southern culture commentator, web producer, and social media marketing maven. She is also a freelance writer who has worked with a variety of publications and online magazines including Bourbon & Boots, Paste Magazine, Macon Magazine, the 11th Hour, Macon Food & Culture Magazine, and as the Digital Content Editor for The Southern Weekend. Mommy first, fashionista, social media maven, writer, artist, dreamer and poet. Hangs on to her Oxford Commas by force. Addicted to shoes and purses- and lots of coffee. Coffee coffee coffee.

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