Local Spotlight: How to Chomp and Stomp

Cabbagetown Mural
Cabbagetown Mural

The Cabbagetown neighborhood on Atlanta’s Eastside started as a mill village in the early 1800s. Stories of how the neighborhood got its name range from residents growing cabbages in their front yards – creating the smell of cabbage throughout the neighborhood, to a car taking a sharp turn, flipping and spilling cabbages across the street. Today, Cabbagetown is well known as a local artist’s haven and home to the annual Chomp and Stomp Festival.

Chomp and Stomp started as a neighborhood fundraiser in 2002. The “chomp” portion refers to the chili cook-off fundraiser while the “stomp” pays homage to Cabbagetown’s early settlers by featuring a large lineup of bluegrass performers during the festival. Last year’s Chomp and Stomp saw more than 100 chili cook-off participants including 29 restaurants, 75 artists in the artist’s market, 20 food vendors, 19 celebrity guest judges and more than 22,000 attendees.

Chomp and Stomp kicks off Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 a.m. with the Romp and Stomp 5K through Cabbagetown, which rewards participants with beer at the finish line and free chili at the festival. The festival officially begins at 11 a.m. with music on the main stage, an artist market and food vendors. At 11:30 a.m., the stomping begins with bluegrass music on four different stages.

People looking to take part in the chili tasting at 12:30 p.m. need to purchase a $5 spoon to use during the festival. The Cabbage Games begin at 1:15 p.m. and include three activities, all involving cabbage: cabbage shredding contest, slaw eating contest and bobbing for Brussel sprouts. Throughout the day, families can enjoy kid-friendly entertainment at Brussel Sprout Park.