Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp 2019

Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival
Official logo for the 2019 Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp, a chili cook-off and bluegrass festival

It’s time for the Annual Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp Festival! Last year there are about 130 different types of chili to sample and about 25,000 attendees.  This year they are expecting a whopping 30,000 Atlantans to pack into the streets of the oh-so-charming Historic Cabbagetown neighborhood!

We wanted to share some tips on how to make the most of the 2019 Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp… and make sure you get your chili before it runs out!

(Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for the time-tested tips on navigating the festival)

The Full “Scoop” on this year’s Chomp and Stomp

Date:  Saturday, November 2, 2019

Location: The streets of Cabbagetown, but the festival home bases is Cabbagetown Park at 177 Kirkwood Avenue Atlanta, GA 30316

Table of tasting cups at the Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp festivalSchedule:

8:00 AMChomp & Stomp (aka the “Romp & Stomp) 5K Race begins.  Register here.

11:00 AMFestival begins and runs through 6 pm. Be sure to stop by the artists’ market and grab a beverage before the chili-tasting begins.

11:30 AMLive music starts; there are 3 stages with the main stage in Cabbagetown Park

12:30 PMChili tasting begins at 12:30 sharp!  Please note that the chili is usually gone within 90 minutes, so be sure to get there and buy your $5.00 tasting spoon at the Welcome Center before 12:30 pm.

1:15 PMCabbagetown Games begin – this includes Bobbing for Brussels Sprouts, 1-Minute AYCE Coleslaw and much more


One Rule:  No doggies or pets allowed

Parking: Parking is extremely limited, especially if you arrive after 11 am. Highly recommend taking Uber, MARTA, or ride your bike along the Beltline. If taking MARTA, go to King Memorial Station. From there, you can hope on the Georgia Tech Trolley which will be about every 15 minutes for a pick-up and drop off at the Krog Tunnel and Estoria. The Chomp committee also rented the parking lot behind the King Memorial MARTA station, so you can park there and hop on the trolly. It’s free! If you want to take the healthy route and ride your bike, the fabulous Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is providing a bike valet service at the corner of Wylie and Short near the Krog Tunnel. Pretty cool, eh?

Time-tested Festival Tips

Official logo for the 2019 Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp, a chili cook-off and bluegrass festival

After attending the Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp for 10+ years, we wanted to share a few tips…. Take Uber or Lyft.  Arrive by 11:45 am to get in line at the Welcome Center so you can get your chili-tasting spoon ($5).

By 12:15, you should have your spoon in hand and can grab a beverage en route to the chili booths.  Find the ones that look the most interesting and wait until they sound the bell at 12:30.  From there, taste away!

Usually, by about 1:45 pm, the chili pots have run dry, but it’s time for a beer refresher anyway, right?  Grab another cold one and check out the live music in Cabbagetown Park, the games area or stroll through the Artist’s Market.  Repeat until the festival ends at 6:00 pm!


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