Bacchus himself would approve of A Taste of Covington, a five-day celebration of good food and wine held each spring in the town’s historic district. Known for some of the best restaurants on the Northshore, Covington showcases its rich culinary scene with a series of vintner dinners, a Grand Tasting and champagne jazz brunch.
Begun in 2012, A Taste of Covington started as a locals’ event but increasingly is bringing in visitors who love the idea of exploring the area’s culinary bounty in such a festive way. Book your hotel early if you’re planning to be in town for ATOC and be sure to check out the lineup of restaurants participating in the vintner
Among restaurants participating in recent years have been Del Porto, whose chefs have been nominated three times for James Beard Awards; Oxlot 9, the lovely Gulf-inspired restaurant from chef Jeffrey Hansell; chef Kim Kringlie’s elegant Dakota; longtime favorite Gallagher’s Grill from Pat Gallagher; as well as Pardo’s, Annadele’s Plantation and others.
The Grand Tasting is a festive event held under two large tents at Acquistapace’s, a popular locally owned grocery, specialty and spirits store. Live music and active sipping makes the evening special.
A Taste of Covington coincides with Spring for Art, an evening of gallery openings, live music, art demonstrations and shopping.
Prices vary for the various components of ATOC. Reservations are needed for most. Check out www.atasteofcovington.com for dates and details.