Friday, August 28, 2009

Free Concert, Southern Picnic With International Twist to Close AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical

Sweet AlizAbeth’s Fabulous Fiddling Divas to Play During Picnic, Which Will Feature Southern, Thai, Mexican, and Indian Food

Good Ol’ Girls Concert Featuring Marshall Chapman and Jill McCorkle to Follow at Eddie’s Attic

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) will close with a truly festive evening, featuring a picnic centered around both southern and international cuisine, free music by Sweet AlizAbeth, a pickled okra contest, and a special post concert at Eddie’s Attic.

The festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6.

“This concert and picnic is the perfect signoff for the festival,” Daren Wang, Executive Director of the festival said. “It’s fun, casual and communal. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate another great festival.”

Southern Foodways Alliance presents a picnic that combines flavors from around the globe to create a unique culinary experience that is excitingly foreign and comfortingly familiar at the same time. Southern mainstays will get cozy with exotic international dishes. Tacqueria del Sol will serve fried chicken tacos and turnip greens, Bhojanic will serve cornbread and okra, Noodle will serve green bean tempura, rice pudding, and ginger tiramisu, Pura Vida will serve goat mofongo, and caterer Nassima Neighbors will serve chicken curry with rice, samosas, and yams. Attendees will be able to enjoy this delectable combination of 12 items for just $10 per plate.

The picnic, which begins at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, also boasts a picked okra contest, where some of the best chefs in Atlanta will go head to head as a panel of judges sample their original creations.

As with all Decatur Business Alliance Concerts in the Square, everyone is welcome to bring their own picnic or purchase a meal to go from one of Decatur’s many excellent restaurants.

All in attendance will enjoy live music by folk band Sweet AlizAbeth. Fiddling divas Bethany Dick and Liz Langford make up this duo.

After the picnic and free concert, the festival will close with what promises to be an amazing performance by two of the four “Good ol’ Girls,” singer/songwriter Marshall Chapman and author Jill McCorkle. The concert will be at Eddie’s Attic (515-B N. Mcdonough St.) Sunday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets will be $20. Tickets are available through Eddie’s Attic at

Chapman’s songs have been recorded by music legends such as Jimmy Buffett, Olivia Newton-John, Wynonna, and Conway Twitty. She and her band “The Love Slaves” toured with Jimmy Buffett in 1995 after the release of her album “It’s About Time,” which garnered rave reviews from USA Today, Time, and The Village Voice.

McCorkle is the celebrated author of five books that have been selected as Notable Books by the New York Times. She is also the winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical is the largest independent book festival in the country and the fourth largest overall. This year, more than 300 authors and tens of thousands of festival goers will crowd the historic downtown Decatur Square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more. For more information visit

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